General French-Elementary Programme

Marseille- Les CalanquesThe 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.

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Talking about oneself, job, family and friends
  • Asking for information about someone /giving instructions
  • Writing an email/ letter or a postcard
  • Commenting a graph/ a document
  • Making a call/ leaving a message
  • The body/ going to the doctor & the pharmacist
  • Talking about personal tastes, likes/dislikes
  • Talking about hobbies/ sport
  • Talking about business/ job
  • Looking for a flat/ house: ad abbreviations
  • Home: describing rooms and activities in each rooms/ describing objects (shape, size, usage)
  • Talking about feelings and emotions
  • Talking about abilities
  • Asking for advice/ a favour/ giving advice
  • Giving your opinion
  • Suggesting/ forbidding something
  • Refusing/Accepting
  • Talking about future plans
  • Describing actions in the past/ telling stories
  • Expressing different levels of certainty
  • Idiomatic expressions/ proverbs.

Cultural content:

  • French regions
  • French speaking countries culture (Francophonie)
  • French etiquette: dos and don’ts in France
  • French bank holidays/ celebrations
  • French etiquette at work
  • French body language
  • French cinema.

Skills Work:

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


  • Review of the past tense passé composé with être and avoir + past participles (regular/irregular)
  • Imperative
  • To have to: “il faut”
  • Frequency adverbs (souvent, parfois, rarement etc)
  • The immediate past: ‘venir de’ (Ex: Je viens de finir mon exercice).
  • Word order: the adjectives
  • Using ‘on’
  • Present continous (être en train de + infinitive)
  • Relative pronouns (qui, que, où)
  • Quantities/ Partitive articles (du, de la, des)
  • Possessive pronouns/ Demonstrative pronouns
  • Past tense: “imparfait”
  • Comparatives (regular/irregular)
  • Passé composé vs imparfait
  • “Chez”+ pronoun
  • The future tense (regular/irregular)
  • Modal verbs (vouloir, pouvoir, devoir)
  • Direct Object Pronouns (ex : le, la, les)
  • Indirect pronouns  (lui, leur)
  • Passive form
  • Aims and causes (pour, parce que)
  • Prepositions
  • Pronouns “‘y” and “en”
  • Should/Shouldn’t (“devoir” in the conditional)
  • Indefinite adjectives and pronouns (tous, la plupart, quelque, aucun)
  • Si + future
  • Conditional tense
  • Use of different registers to express opinions.

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

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