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Levels of french courses available

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All our courses in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) in order to ensure continuous progress. The framework allows means the skills you have acquired by the end of your stay will be accredited.

Read the descriptions for each level and locate yourself in the CEFRL.

Discovery level

You can understand and use daily and familiar expressions as well as simple statements for basic requirements.

You can introduce yourself or someone else and ask someone questions about where they live, their relationships, their family, etc., and you can answer the same questions.

You can communicate in a basic way if you are spoken to slowly, clearly and in a cooperative manner.

Estimated number of hours to reach the next level:

  • Intensive course (20 hours per week): 80 hours over 4 weeks

  • Extended course (9 hours per week): 72 hours over 8 weeks

  • Evening course (4 hours per week): 96 hours over 24 weeks

Intermediate level

You can understand frequently used, isolated phrases and expressions about normal, important subjects such as basic personal and family information, purchases, your immediate environment and your job.

You can communicate during basic, ordinary tasks by asking for basic and direct information about familiar and ordinary topics.

You can describe your training and your immediate environment in basic terms and can talk about topics relating to your immediate requirements.

Estimated number of hours to reach the next level:

  • Intensive course (20 hours per week): 120 hours over 6 weeks

  • Extended course (9 hours per week): 126 hours over 14 weeks

  • Evening course (4 hours per week): 138 hours over 32 weeks

Threshold level

Can understand the essential points when clear and standard language is used and the discussion is around familiar topics to do with work, education, leisure, etc. You can cope in most situations that occur while travelling in an area where the target language is spoken.

You can speak in a basic and coherent way about familiar topics and areas of interest.

You can talk about an event, an experience or a dream, describe a hope or a goal and briefly explain your reasons or motivation behind a project or idea.

Estimated number of hours to reach the next level:

  • Intensive course (20 hours per week): 160 hours over 8 weeks

  • Extended course (9 hours per week): 162 hours over 18 weeks

  • Evening course (4 hours per week): 144 hours over 36 weeks

Advanced level

You can understand the fundamental content of concrete or abstract subjects in a complex text, including a technical discussion about your area of knowledge.

You can communicate with a degree of spontaneity and ease, such as talking to a native speaker without any difficulty for either party.

You can express yourself clearly and in detail on a wide range of subjects, and you can give an opinion on a current topic and explain the advantages and disadvantages of different possibilities.

Estimated number of hours to reach the next level:

  • Intensive course (20 hours per week): 200 hours over 10 weeks

  • Extended course (9 hours per week): 180 hours over 20 weeks

  • Evening course (4 hours per week): 160 hours over 40 weeks

Independent level

You can understand a wide range of extended and demanding texts and manage to capture implicit meanings.

You can express yourself spontaneously and fluently without any apparent need to search for your words.

Can use language effectively and flexibly in social, professional or academic life.

You can express yourself on complex subjects in a clear and well structured way and demonstrate a mastery of organised, articulate and cohesive speech.

Estimated number of hours to reach the next level:

Number of weeks to be determined with the teacher

Master level

You can effortlessly understand everything you read or hear.

You can repeat facts and arguments from various written and oral sources by summarising them consistently.

You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely and can make distinct nuances of meaning about complex subjects.

Estimated number of hours to reach the next level:

Number of weeks to be determined with the teacher

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A qualified and experienced teaching team

Our teaching team is made up of 81 permanent teachers who are all qualified and specialised in teaching French as a foreign language

Using learning methods with the largest publishers of FLE, they are also trained in new technologies and provide both reflection and innovation in the field of FLE.

Assistance throughout your education

A team of teachers is available to advise you throughout your education

Our French courses have an average of 14 students per class to ensure personalised time for each learner.

A digital universe

The Alliance Française Paris IDF is a centre of excellence in its field, in terms of both numbers and equipment:

 

Interactive smart boards

Almost all classrooms are network-connected and equipped with interactive smart boards.

 

Phonetic laboratory

A phonetic lab offering modern, powerful tools to help you achieve excellent pronunciation and improve your understanding of spoken French.

 

Multimedia room

A multimedia room and full WI-FI access/coverage.

The Alliance Française Paris IDF created the first free on line French course, open to all, which has already attracted nearly 90,000 students worldwide, making it the MOOC with the highest attendance in France.

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