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GPLT331 - French Conversation Group (Level 1) – New to French

This ten-week, twice-weekly workshop offers French learners the opportunity to practice their oral skills in a group setting facilitated by a native French speaker. This is a conversation practice group, meaning there will be no written assignments. Students will build their vocabulary and spoken sentence structure through in-class group activities.

GradProSkills offers five levels of French conversation groups. This class is associated with LEVEL 1. It is intended for students who have NO PRIOR FRENCH KNOWLEDGE.

Learning Objectives

This conversation group will help students:
1. Introduce oneself and ask simple questions about others
2. Speak about their daily life and environment
3. Ask for and provide basic information such as directions, weather, time and date.

Linguistic focus:
• Vocabulary: 500 most frequent words used in French with a focus on vocabulary needed to complete the tasks mentioned above
• Grammar: Present tense, question formation, Negation, and more…
• Pronunciation: Introduction to vowel and consonant sounds, rhythm, and differences with English/other languages

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by a member of the 2019-2020 GradProSkills French Conversation Team, which consists of Anne-Marie Rivard, Ugo Ellefsen, Valerie Thomas, Fanny Patry and Rhonda Chung.


Section 2
January 21 - April 2, 2020, 17:00 - 18:15, Tue, Thu
Section 1
January 22 - April 6, 2020, 12:00 - 13:15, Mon, Wed

Disclaimer: Available spots is an estimation.

Which GradProSkills french level is for you?

To know which French level you should register for, please choose the following statement that best describes your understanding of French. 

Level 1
Je ne comprends pas le français. Je ne le parle pas.
Translation: I do not understand French. I do not speak French.
Level 2 (GPLT330) J’ai une connaissance limitée du français. Je peux répondre à des questions simples. Je ne comprends pas quand je regarde la télévision ou quand j’écoute la radio. J’hésite beaucoup quand je parle. Mon vocabulaire est limité et mes phrases sont généralement incomplètes. 
Level 3 (GPLT335) Je comprends et je participe à une conversation simple en français. J’ai une compréhension limitée quand je regarde la télévision ou quand j’écoute la radio. Je peux répondre à des questions simples, mais je ne peux pas exprimer des idées complexes. J’ai un vocabulaire fonctionnel.
Level 4 (GPLT340)  Je comprends le sens général de ce que j’écoute à la télévision ou à la radio et je comprends à l’occasion certains détails. Je peux parler des choses de la vie quotidienne, mais j’ai encore de la difficulté à discuter de sujets plus complexes. Je manque de vocabulaire.
Level 5 (GPLT341 or GPLT320) Je comprends le sens général de ce que j’écoute à la télévision ou à la radio et je peux saisir plusieurs détails. Je peux échanger sur à peu près tous les sujets, mais j’ai parfois de la difficulté à exprimer mes idées. Il m’arrive encore de chercher mes mots. 

These conversation groups are intended to help students reach a B2 competency level according to the CEFR. The B2 level corresponds to the minimum level required for immigration and many professional exams, most of which measure communicative ability over linguistic knowledge. Please note, though these classes are designed to complement and practice the skills necessary to reach a B2 level, it will require a significant amount of work beyond class to attain enough hours of practice and competently pass immigration and professional exams.

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