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Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe

Descriptions de classe

French Class Offerings

We conduct all classes at the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe with an oral approach so that students gain confidence in listening to French, answering questions in French, dialoguing in French as well as reading in French. Grammar (les structures) is a small but essential part of each course. Students learn to speak French faster and become.

1. Beginner French

Course Description: This class is offered for the adult who has had little to no French language instruction. We learn the French alphabet and how to pronounce it. We learn how French people link words together and learn techniques for pronunciation of this beautiful language. We learn basic vocabulary and use French numbers to describe people and things, and how to speak in present tense, and use commands.

Course Goals: Upon completion of this course, if you actively complete the activities and participate in class, then you will be able to not only understand these topics when reading or hearing about them, but actively speak and write about these topics. Specifically you will be able to…

  • Greet people and talk in the present about yourself, your home and family
  • Use price/numbers and describe people and places
  • Describe your everyday activities, likes and dislikes, as well as those of your friends and family
  • Order food and drinks in a restaurant
  • Discuss the weather, seasons and tell time
  • Understand basic pronunciation rules of the French language
  • Understand various cultural points related to the course themes

2. Intermediate French

This class is for students who have some knowledge of French but would like to refresh their beginning/intermediate level skills and learn at a quicker pace than the Beginner/ Essential level. The present tense, the near future, and commands are reinforced. Students will be introduced to the past tense, the simple future, and the conditional tense and will become more comfortable speaking and hearing French. This course will be primarily taught in English.

Course Goals: Upon completion of this course; if you actively complete the activities and participate in class, then you will be able to not only understand these topics when reading or hearing about them, but actively speak and write about these topics, you will be to…

  • Greet people and talk in the present about yourself, your home, and your family
  • Use prices/numbers and describe people and places
  • Describe your everyday activities and likes and dislikes as well as those of your friends and family
  • Order food and drinks in a restaurant and discuss the weather, season, and tell time
  • Talk about what you did and where you went in the past (compound past).
  • Discuss what you will do (simple future) or would do (conditional).
  • Understand pronunciation rules of the French language
  • Understand various cultural points related to the course themes

3. Advanced French

This course will help students know essential structures in further detail, improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in French. The class is built as a series of discussion about news and precise topics (gastronomy, French music, French culture, Arts, leisure, traveling, immigration…) each time students will learn about a topic, will acquire advanced vocabulary, and reinforce grammatical concepts. Students will listen and watch a real situation so they can learn more about it and reuse what they learned orally and then write short texts, emails. Learning will be based on listening and speaking with material such as songs, TV shows, movie extracts…

4. Advanced French Conversation

The focus of this course will be on the development of fluency and spontaneity of oral and written expression through interaction with various aspects of modern French culture. During class discussions, students will be given the opportunity to formulate their opinions about current points of controversy in France, try to defend their opinions, and refer to their personal experiences. Students will be able to describe a virtual cultural exploration, concerts, movies… short weekly creative assignments will be given to write a review of a film, album or expo, or a longer response paper) will help students improve their writing skills. For this course, students will surround themselves with aspects of everyday French culture: media, TV5, RFI, Français facile pop culture (cinema, art festivals, music), and literature.

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