French Language & Phonetics - A1 Beginning

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    French Language & Phonetics - A1 Beginning

  • Host University

    Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    French, Grammar, Phonetics and Phonology

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This training is intended for an audience of young adults and adults who have never taken an FLE course and wish to acquire a basic
    in French.


    Practical classes: 120 hours (2 hours daily from Monday to Friday)
    Phonetics course: 30 hours (1 hour per day from Monday to Friday every other week)
    These courses prepare for the CCFS French Language Certificate (indexed on A1).

    This training aims to enable learners to acquire a minimum level of communication in French. They learn to
    to present oneself, to be in space, to ask questions, to ask and to express an opinion, to make comparisons and to recount
    a simple story.

    Communicative approach focused on learning the structures of the language. The grammatical axis is privileged to develop the
    four skills.

    Continuous control / 20: classroom tests (grammar questions, dictations, written productions, written comprehension, comprehension
    oral and oral production)
    Final Exam / 80:
    - written / 40: grammar questions (/ 20), written comprehension (/ 10), written expression (/ 10)
    - oral / 40:
    description of an image (/ 10), comprehension questions relating to a sound document (/ 10) and a phonetic note
    (continuous control / 20).

    Trends 1 (manual), and manual CD
    Documents (sound, visual and written)
    Exercise book and exercises created by the teacher
    Phonetic progression developed by teachers of applied linguistics.

    COMMUNICATIVE OBJECTIVES (oral and written skills): selection to be made according to the needs of the
    group-class and or method used

    • To meet, greet, introduce oneself
    • Inform, get information, locate a place, explain an itinerary
    • Announce, tell an event
    • Invite someone and respond to an invitation
    • Propose, accept, thank
    • Apologize, justify yourself
    • Talk about quantity, price
    • Ask / give permission to do something
    • Order and prohibit
    • To be in time
    • Describe someone in simple terms (physical appearance, character)
    • Describe a thing (format, dimensions, color, material ...)
    • Give your opinion about someone, about something
    • Complain
    • Understand a simple text, informative, explanatory text, a short story
    • Understand documents of everyday life (advertisements, flyers, menus, schedules, etc.).

    ORALLY :
    Spontaneous and directed production: simple exchange of information relating to daily life, narrative of a story, description
    an image, a person, an event, activities, experiences, a little presentation on a familiar subject, commentary on a
    photo or image
    Interaction: role plays (groups of 2 to 4 students): request for information, simple transactions, expression of opinions, etc.
    Comprehension: work on documents read or listened to (semi-authentic audio documents (texts and sound documents from the manual,
    songs, etc.)

    Evaluation :
    Production and interaction: quality of participation (understanding of instructions, overall performance, appropriate lexicon, correction
    Comprehension: verification of the overall or detailed comprehension of a sound document according to lexical objectives (discovery,
    recognition, hypotheses on meaning) and linguistics (structural markings)

    Production: written expression exercises (appropriation of grammar points and reuse of thematic vocabulary):
    Hole drills, re-employment exercises, questions and answers, multiple choice questions, substitution exercises (singular / plural, masculine / feminine,
    present / past-composed, etc.), creativity exercises, free production
    Writing in groups or individually short texts on a theme (semi-guided work)
    Images to describe and comment on. dictations
    Comprehension: work on documents read in groups or individually with identification of semantic and syntactic indices
    to make assumptions about the meaning.
    Reading exercises of the manual (multiple choice questions and answers to be written) and various documents

    Evaluation :
    Production: verification of the understanding of the set point, the overall performance, the level structures, the lexicon
    Comprehension: Verification of comprehension (overall and / or detailed) and interpretation of information in a document.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.