French as a Second Language Courses – Beginner Levels

Interviews to determine your level in French are arranged upon registration.

Note:   There is no interview required for French Level A0.

Glendon Extended Learning (GEL) courses integrate standards from the CEFR* model and emphasizes a student-centred (customized) approach to teaching and learning. Some elements of the course may be modified.

Course Descriptions:

Level A0 (“True Beginner”)
This course is for students who have little or no knowledge of French. The course emphasizes listening and speaking skills, although reading and writing skills are also developed. Basic grammar, along with vocabulary development, is introduced.

Level A1 (Beginner 1)
General Objectives: 
Understand and use everyday expressions and basic phrases. Recognize and use familiar words and simple phrases for concrete purposes. Introduce themselves or someone else. Ask and answer basic questions, and use sentences to describe details about their personal life. Interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly. 

Recognize familiar words and very basic phrases about themselves, their family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly. 

Understand familiar names, words, and phrases. 

Level A2 (Beginner 2)

General Objectives: 
Understand sentences and common expressions related to basic personal or family information. Communicate in simple and routine tasks and describe in simple terms aspects of their background and communicate immediate needs. 

Understand phrases and highest frequency vocabulary related to catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.  

Read very short, simple texts. They will be able to find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material. 

Winter 2018:
Session 1:
January 13 to March 3  (no class on February 17)
Session 2: March 10 to April 28 (no class on March 31)

Spring 2018:
May 5 to June 23 (no class on May 19) 

Summer 2018:
July 7 to August 25 (no class on August 4)

Fall 2018: 
Session 1: September 8 to October 27 (no class on October 6) 
Session 2: November 3 to December 15 

Schedule:  Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration Fee:  $420 CDN per level

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*The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also in other continents.