French as a Second Language Courses – Intermediate Levels

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

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 B1 (Intermediate 1)

General Objectives:
Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school, leisure or activities. Manage in most situations likely to come up while travelling in a region where the language is spoken. Produce simple connected texts on familiar or of personal interest topics. 

Listening:
Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encouraged in work, school, leisure. They will be able to understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or personal of professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

Reading:
Understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job related language. 

Level B2 (Intermediate 2)

General Objectives:
Understand the main ideas of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text, including technical discussions in the users area of expertise. Communicate with a degree of spontaneity and fluency  during conversation with a native speaker, in a way that is comfortable for everyone. Speak in a clear, detailed way on a number of subjects; express an opinion on current affairs, giving the advantages and disadvantages of the various options. 

Listening: 
Understand extended speech and lectures and follow complex arguments provided the topic is familiar. They will be able to understand most TV news and current affairs programs as well as films in standard language. 

Reading: 
Read articles and reports on contemporary problems and understand contemporary literary prose. 

 

Dates:

Fall 2018: 
September 8 to November 3 (no class on October 6)

Winter 2019:
January 12 to March 2

Spring 2019:
April 27 to June 22 (no class on May 18)

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

Registration Fee:  $420 CDN per level

*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.

https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/?