General French- Intermediate Programme

Marseille- Les CalanquesAll 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.

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Writing a variety of texts (text messages, emails, letters etc.)
  • Summarising and reporting information
  • Presentations: structures and phrases
  • Looking for a job/Writing a French CV and cover letter
  • Talking about the professional world
  • Expressing obligation, possibilities and restrictions
  • Student life
  • Expressing aims and causes
  • Friendship: talking about relatives/ friends’ personality
  • Relationships with the neighbours / House share, flat share
  • Personal relationships: love stories
  • Formal/ Informal register
  • Understanding touristic information and book a holiday
  • Green tourism/ Original places to visit
  • Stereotypes/ Talking about a country and its inhabitants
  • Living in a town/ in the countryside: advantages/ disadvantages
  • Media: newspapers/ radio/ Internet
  • Cinema/ Understanding a critic/ Describing a fictional character
  • Expressing, promoting and justifying opinions
  • Expressing your wishes, hopes and dreams
  • Humanitarian aid: talking about aspirations
  • Hypothesising
  • Expressing regrets
  • Talking about your personal interests
  • Talking about past experiences
  • Providing a detailed description
  • Talking about travels/ Talking about countries and regions
  • Making suggestions
  • Describing/ expressing feelings and emotions
  • Debating: politics, recycling, the environment, new technologies, social issues, consumerism, the media
  • Language register : colloquial idioms

Cultural content:

  • Business etiquette
  • French media
  • The French Educational system
  • Songs in French
  • Francophonie
  • French poetry/ literature
  • French cinema (films, directors, actors and Cannes Festival))
  • Political life in France

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Lots of listening
  • Lots of new vocabulary
  • Producing various styles of written French
  • Pronunciation

Grammar:

  • Review of the future tenses
  • Relative pronouns: qui, que, à qui
  • Passé composé vs imparfait (revision)
  • Past participle agreement (revision)
  • Plus-que-parfait (Past perfect)
  • Direct vs indirect pronouns (revision)
  • Structures to give a definiton : c’est+ infinitive, c’est quand, c’est + noun+ relative preposition
  • Reported speech : structures and tense agreement
  • Conditional present
  • Comparaisons
  • The superlative (ex: le meilleur, les meilleurs, les plus beaux etc)
  • Subjunctive present
  • Impersonal structures – il faut que etc.
  • Time indicators (pendant, depuis, de…, à, en etc)
  • Structures to express advice (imperative, verb devoir + infinitive, si+ present/ future tense, Il faut que + subjunctive)
  • Subjunctive to express a necessity
  • Indefinite pronouns and adverbs : quelqu’un, rien, personne, nulle part etc.
  • Adverbs
  • Relative pronouns « où » and « dont »
  • Pronouns « en » and « y » when talking about a place
  • Pronouns order
  • Gerund (ex: en chantant: while singing)
  • Adding emphasis by using the structures “ce qui/ ce que/ ce dont/ c’est … qui, c’est …. que »
  • Nomalisation
  • Demonstrative pronouns « celui », « celle », « ceux », « celles » etc
  • Past tenses: general revision
  • Passive form
  • Past participle agreement with the direct complement
  • Personal pronouns after the prepositions “à” and “de”
  • Expressing a wish (souhaiter que + subjounctive, espérer que + indicative, j’aimerais + infinitive/ je voudrais que+ subjunctive)
  • Conditional to make a suggestion
  • Expressing an aim/ objective : afin que + subjunctive, afin de + infinitive, pour, pour que)
  • Conditional to talk about a project
  • Connectors to express a cause/ a consequence
  • Hypothesis using “si”
  • Past conditional
  • Collective nouns agreement  (ex : une majorité de, la plupart de etc)
  • Structures with verbs expressing feelings (ex : je regrette que/ je regrette de etc.)
  • Style and register: formal/ informal
  • Idiomatic expressions/ proverbs.

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

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