General French- Proficiency 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 for this level. It is flexible and it will be adapted to your specific level, aims and interests. Of course, it will also depend on the number of lessons you will have.

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Media/ press
  • Fashion/ trends
  • Doing business in French
  • Making a presentation
  • Talking about the past
  • Expressing an opinion
  • Expressing an opposition or a concession
  • Tourism/ transports
  • Environment/ geography/ ecology
  • Discrimination/ equality
  • Laughing/ humour
  • Convincing someone
  • Reporting
  • Taking side
  • Praising
  • Nation and citizens
  • Expressing a change/ a consequence
  • Expressing thoughts and feelings
  • Work
  • Commenting data/ information
  • Comparing
  • Food/ gastronomy
  • Expressing a quantity
  • The body/ health
  • Expressing an aim/ objective.
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Language registers
  • Putting forward arguments
  • Expressing an opinion (doubt/ certainty/ disagreement)
  • Expressing an aim/ an opposition/ a concession
  • Immigration
  • Sciences
  • Expressing a succession of actions
  • New technologies
  • Marketing
  • Hypothesising
  • Structuring your speech
  • Playing with words: poetry, proverbs, word-play, word creation, metaphors, stylised writing.

Cultural content:

  • Gastronomy
  • French health system
  • European and international institutions
  • Current events
  • Political and social issues
  • Cultural/ Regional differences
  • French education system
  • French artists
  • Historical events
  • French & Belgian cinemas
  • French institutions
  • French values and symbols
  • Francophonie
  • French body language
  • French literature and poetry.

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/debating
  • Lots of listening
  • Understanding different accents
  • Producing various styles of written and spoken French
  • Pronunciation/ accent reduction.

Grammar:

  • Passive form
  • Indicative or subjunctive mood?
  • Indirect speech
  • Indicative, subjunctive or infinitive mood?
  • Future
  • Past tenses
  • Relative pronouns
  • To express a possibility
  • To encourage/ discourage someone
  • Personal pronouns
  • Present participle/ gerund/ verbal adjective
  • Connectors
  • Complex pronouns
  • To express a hypothesis/ a condition
  • Passive form
  • Relative pronouns
  • Logical connectors
  • Complex sentences
  • Indefinite pronouns
  • To compare
  • Neutral pronouns (le-y-en)
  • Double pronouns
  • Presentations: words and structures
  • Subjunctive: present, imperfect and past perfect
  • Cause and consequences
  • Double pronouns
  • Express an aim
  • Comparative/ superlative
  • Indirect speech and tenses agreement
  • Time indicators
  • Conditional : present and past
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Structures for reported speech
  • Linking words
  • Complex use of grammar to contribute in a debate

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

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