MASTER CLASS B2-C1-C2
“What’s the secret for learning how to speak French fluently and without an accent?”
The answer is that “there’s no secret”.
By this I mean that you have to learn the “real” way. This means using the two most effective tools for learning a language fluently: A good teacher and a good textbook.
Having a good textbook is of utmost importance. While the software packages may indeed be useful by offering digitalized flashcards, they don’t do as good of a job at teaching language fundamentals including sentence structure and proper verb tense usage. In addition, to really learn well you need a teacher who can identify your personal strengths and weaknesses, make useful corrections and enhance the learning process with his or her life experience.
Master pronunciation and reading from the very start. The single most challenging aspect to learning French based on my experience is pronunciation and reading.
There are a lot of sounds that simply don’t exist in English. Key examples are the French “r” and “u” sounds. Reading French aloud also poses a huge challenge to students. The reason is that the language is not phonetic, meaning that the way you see a word written is not the way it’s pronounced. There are numerous letter combinations such as “ois”, “ait”, “ent” and many more that have specific pronunciations.The way to master these and knowing how to pronounce them when reading aloud is to have a teacher bringing you through a pronunciation course. That means having a teacher or a conversation partner challenging you with questions about your life that are based on the vocabulary you’re learning. For example, when learning weather words the teacher can ask you, “How is the weather in your region today”? By pushing into conversation as soon as possible the language quickly becomes alive in your mind and you’ll easy improve into a natural language skill.
Try to figure out what works best for you early on, communicate this with your teacher. One of the best ways to improve your French in the shortest time possible is to do drill exercises with a teacher. This means that the teacher picks a particular sentence structure that you might find challenging and gives translation sentences one after the other.
This is a great tool for review. The teacher can recall which words or phrases from previous lessons you might be struggling with and can bring them up in the drills. It also works great for learning new concepts since new and difficult concepts can usually sink in after a short drill session. Let them hear your mistakes Not all students of foreign languages have equal speaking abilities. One of the most challenging situations is where students are shy and afraid to make mistakes. If you’re one of these people then there’s a solution. Rather than trying to avoid making mistakes take on the mindset of, “I’m going to make you listen to my mistakes”. Also, most importantly, don’t be too hard with yourself. It’s normal to struggle when learning a foreign language. Continuously remind yourself mistakes are not a problem and that they’re part of the learning process.
Progress not perfection. It’s very easy to put too much pressure on yourself. This is especially true if you’re learning French in order to pass some sort of test or interview.
Together we can. Learning to speak French is indeed a tall order. But, the goal can be achieved over time by combining the key ingredients of the student’s willingness and aspirations along with the teacher’s enthusiasm and experience.
Business French Private courses
Business French Private courses will allow you to improve your French for professional purpose and will enable you to become effective in French in the business world.
Each lesson is 50 minutes long and we suggest a minimum package of 10 lessons. Weekly timetable to be determined with teacher upon arrival. Private French business classes on specific topics need to be booked in advance.
THEMES AND TOPICS
*Business vocabulary, telephone skills, interviews, writing business letters and emails... French for law, Marketing and sales, Tourism, Conference preparation...
The DELF (Diploma in French Language Studies) and the DALF (Diploma in Advanced French Language Studies) are official diplomas issued by the French Ministry of Education to certify the French skills of foreign students and French people who come from a non French-speaking country and who do not have a French public secondary or higher education diploma.
The DELF and DALF are comprised of 6 independent diplomas. The candidate may thus directly register for the examination of their choice. TCF The Test de connaissance du français (TCF), designed by the CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education, is a French language proficiency test for non-native speakers of French who wish to evaluate and have their level of proficiency certified for professional, academic or personal reasons.
Preparation workshops are available in our school. Each level assesses the following 4 skills: oral comprehension and spoken French, written comprehension and written French. The minimum mark to be awarded with the diploma DCL is 50/160 points (eliminatory mark: less than 25).