General French- Beginner Programme

All the lessons are truly tailor made courses and customisable. I will listen to you and adapt and modify them where and when appropriate. 

The sample syllabus below is designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a typical course. It is flexible rather than prescriptive, in that it would be adapted to your specific level, aims and interests.

The topics/vocabulary or grammar won’t necessarily be studied in this order.

 

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Greetings
  • Formal/ Informal French (Tu/vous)
  • Alphabet + letter combinations
  • Numbers
  • Giving personal details (address, telephone number, email, age)
  • Days of the week/ months
  • The weather/ seasons/ small talks
  • Nationalities, countries & languages
  • Professions
  • Writing a simple email
  • Filling in a simple form
  • Food and drinks/ Eating out (booking a table, ordering)
  • Shopping ( clothes, accessories, food)
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Holidays in France and abroad/booking a ticket
  • Describing a place/ a city (jobs and places)/ Asking for directions
  • Daily life :describing your routine, habits/ Telling the time.

 

Cultural content:

  • French etiquette: dos and don’ts in France
  • French speaking countries culture (Francophonie)
  • French gastronomy
  • France geography
  • French celebrities
  • French bank holidays/ celebrations.

 

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Role-plays
  • Lots of listening
  • Pronunciation – key sounds.

 

Grammar:

  • Key verbs (regular and irregular)/ present tense
  • Personal pronouns
  • Nouns:feminine, masculine, singular, plural
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Word order: sentence/question
  • Questions
  • Prepositions of place & time
  • Difference between “il y a” and “c’est”
  • Time indicators: depuis, pendant, il y a, etc.
  • Negative sentences
  • Key prepositions – à, dans, en, au, etc.
  • Adjective: agreement in gender/ number & order
  • Reflexive verbs (se raser, se parler etc)
  • Adverbs ending with –ment
  • Near future : aller + infinitive
  • Near past: venir de + infinitive
  • Verbs “savoir” & “connaître” (to know), the difference
  • Impersonal structure with “il” (Ex: Il fait chaud/ it’s hot)
  • Direct Object Pronouns : le, la, les.

 

To discuss your needs or course content, please contact me.