French B1

//French B1

Building off of the previous levels of the Agile Training language learning program, French Level B1 is going to help you become a lot more independent with your command of the French language.

A lot of the foundational work has been laid down in the previous levels of French coursework from Agile Training, and from here on out things are going to move a lot faster thanks to the elements of French that you have already mastered.

At this point in time, you should have a steady command of the most fundamental French grammar rules but should also have a rock solid arsenal of French vocabulary at your beck and call as well. This is going to help you with the more conversational approach in French Level B1.

Right out of the gate, you’re going to be learning how to hold a conversation with a native French speaker, understanding what they are saying to you as well as knowing exactly how to best reply – even if your vocabulary isn’t quite as comprehensive at this particular point in time.

You are also going to learn how to hold a conversation through the written word, better understanding and expanding your French vocabulary at the same time. Reading French is one of the best ways to develop your vocabulary, and there’s no better way to do so than by reading “modern French” – advertisements, newspapers, books and even text messages!

A major part of the French Level B1 platform is going to encourage you to email or text with French speakers entirely in French, really developing your reading and your writing abilities in this new language while at the same time expanding your conversational abilities as well.

This is all done to help you have a more impactful command of the French language, particularly when it comes to the kinds of words, the kinds of language, and the kinds of requests you may have to make while you find yourself traveling in French-speaking parts of the world. Having the ability to hold a conversation – even if it’s just rudimentary at first – will give you a lot more confidence than you would have had previously, filling you with plenty of motivation and excitement to continue developing your French reading, writing, and speaking skills.

By developing your ability to listen to French speakers, breakdown the core concepts that they are sharing, and highlighting new vocabulary elements on-the-fly you are going to be able to learn how to self dissect new information, new grammar, and new vocabulary all on your own.

This improves your self-directed learning components of the Agile Training platform, and guarantees that even if you find yourself swamped in the middle of a conversation with a native French speaker you’re able to parse out the majority of the point that they are trying to get across and should be able to reply in kind.

At the end of the day, by the time you’re done with French Level B1 you are going to have a lot more confidence with this language. You may not be quite as conversationally strong with French as you are in your native language, but you’re not going to be filled with fear, anxiety, stress, or pressure when you find yourself in the middle of a conversation with someone that speaks French and have been speaking French ever since they were a child.

You won’t feel as though you are wasting anyone’s time any longer, won’t have to worry about a look of fear or confusion flashing across your face when a French speaker engages you in conversation, and won’t have to worry about looking at written materials as though they were carved out of hieroglyphs!

BUSINESS French B1

SCOPE

To learn Intermediate Business French, in all language aspects and in an efficient way.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

  • To understand the essential aspects of a conversation or texts about daily matters.
  • To understand written descriptions about events, feelings and wishes.
  • To articulate expressions in a simple way.
  • To explain or justify opinions and plans.
  • To write an articulated text in a simple way.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  • To understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters when a clear language is used about known subjects.
  • To deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • To produce a simple and coherent speech about family topics or of personal interest.
  • To describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions.
  • To give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

COURSE CURRICULUM

  • Vocabulary
    • To present yourself, take notes, to ask questions
    • To start a phone conversation, to solve a problem
    • Welcoming guests
    • To book, postpone or cancel a meeting
    • Talk about projects
    • To write a letter or an email
    • Expressing likes and dislikes
    • Exchanging contacts
    • Talk about past experiences
    • Identify and describe a company
    • Identify the different services in a company
    • Customer care
    • Rules and regulations
    • Describing the workplace
    • Team work
    • Reporting problems and disagreements
    • Being persuasive, giving advice and recommendations
    • Talk about processes

 

  • Grammar
    • Relative pronouns with demonstratives
    • “Le subjonctif présent/passé”
    • Subjunctive or infinitive after verbs to describe feelings
    • Comparisons and their levels
    • Reported speech at present and past
    • “L’imparfait et le passé composé“
    • The agreement of “participe passé“
    • Passive form
    • Expressing cause and consequence
    • Present participle and gerund
    • Time expressions to talk about duration
    • Interrogation and inverse questions
    • Relative pronouns with the subjunctive
    • “futur simple et antérieur“
    • Present and past conditional
    • Expressing hypothesis
    • Expression of doubt and certainty
    • Difference between negative sentences
    • Past simple

TARGET

People who wish to develop their Business French for personal reasons but above all for professional reasons.

APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY

Face to face classes in companies, in our school or via Skype.

At first students do a language level test of the language they intend to study. After assessing their level, the course curriculum is adapted accordingly.

Classes length depend on student’s availability. During the course the teacher uses different resources always based on practice (case studies, role play, videos, audios, games, etc.).

The teacher is always bilingual or native.

EVALUATION

The evaluation is continuous, all along the course the teacher is grading the students regarding the following parameters:

  • Knowledge of the subjects
  • Vocabulary use
  • Phonetics/pronunciation
  • Progression
  • Participation/motivation
  • Homework
  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Evaluation test

Every 20 hours, students have a written and oral test and they are evaluated regarding their knowledge and progression. At the same time, students evaluate the teacher performance.

In the end each student will receive an individual evaluation report and a certificate.

MORE INFORMATION:

GENERAL French B1

SCOPE

To learn Intermediate French, in all language aspects and in an efficient way.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

  • To understand the essential aspects of a conversation or texts about daily matters.
  • To understand written descriptions about events, feelings and wishes.
  • To articulate expressions in a simple way.
  • To explain or justify opinions and plans.
  • To write an articulated text in a simple way.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  • To understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters when a clear language is used about known subjects.
  • To deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • To produce a simple and coherent speech about family topics or of personal interest.
  • To describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions.
  • To give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

COURSE CURRICULUM

  • Vocabulary
    • Talking about clothes look
    • Behaviour
    • Professional skills
    • Consumption of goods and services
    • Using the internet
    • Vocabulary about negotiation
    • Words related to apprenticeship and experience
    • Lexicon about school and university
    • Expression to contradict
    • Lexicon about media
    • Solidarity, assistance and involvement
    • Expressions to ask for clarification
    • Expression to encourage
    • Expressions to dynamize and participate in a debate
    • How to write a dispute
    • Lexicon about travelling and destinations
    • Making recommendations
    • Vocabulary about justice
    • Lexicon about art and artists

 

  • Grammar
    • Relative pronouns with demonstratives
    • “Le subjonctif présent/passé”
    • Subjunctive or infinitive after verbs to describe feelings
    • Comparisons and their levels
    • Reported speech at present and past
    • “L’imparfait et le passé composé“
    • The agreement of “participe passé“
    • Passive form
    • Expressing cause and consequence
    • Present participle and gerund
    • Time expressions to talk about duration
    • Interrogation and inverse questions
    • Relative pronouns with the subjunctive
    • “future simple et antérieur“
    • Present and past conditional
    • Expressing hypothesis
    • Expression of doubt and certainty
    • Difference between negative sentences
    • Past simple

TARGET

People who wish to develop their French for personal or professional reasons.

APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY

Face to face classes or via Skype.

At first students do a language level test of the language they intend to study. After assessing the level and understanding their needs, the course curriculum is adapted accordingly.

Classes length depend on student’s availability. During the course the teacher uses different resources always based on practice (case studies, role play, videos, audios, games, etc.).

The teacher is always bilingual or native.

EVALUATION

The evaluation is continuous, all along the course the teacher is grading the students regarding the following parameters:

  • Knowledge of the subjects
  • Vocabulary use
  • Phonetics/pronunciation
  • Progression
  • Participation/motivation
  • Homework
  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Evaluation test

Every 20 hours, students have a written and oral test and they are evaluated regarding their knowledge and progression. At the same time, students evaluate the teacher performance.

In the end each student will receive an individual evaluation report and a certificate.