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FAQ

How do general French classes work?

We know that the hardest thing for our learners is to produce (speak and write).
That's why:

  • In class, we prioritize oral practice. You will have the opportunity to speak and practice your French for at least 50%-60% of the course and benefit from the corrections of your teacher.
  • After each course, we give you the opportunity to write and practice your French at home (exercises, watching videos, etc...). One of our requirements is to allow you to acquire a high level of language, both written and oral.

Finally, every week our goal is to have you work on the 4 language skills (writing, speaking, understanding in writing and speaking).

The course program is designed in accordance with the Cadre Européen Commun de Référence. The advantage of small group courses (9 participants maximum) is that the teachers have the possibility to adapt to the needs of the students (work research, exam preparation, etc...)

All our programs are designed based on the C.E.C.R.L i.e. oral and written comprehension, and oral and written production. We believe that it is very important to learn in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere, which is why we offer tea or coffee to our students at each class.

In which language does the course take place?

The FLE French courses are held exclusively in French, from level A1 to level C1. This is indeed a method of total linguistic immersion. At a complete beginner level, the first courses are based on VERY simple conversations. Gradually, the learner's vocabulary develops and the conversations become more and more complex.

HOW CAN I KNOW MY CURRENT LEVEL IN FRENCH ?

The CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) defines six levels in foreign languages:

A1: Elementary (use of simple sentences, understanding of common words)

A2: Advanced elementary (communication in simple and routine tasks on familiar topics)

B1: Intermediate (effective but still limited command of the language in everyday communication situations)

B2: Advanced Intermediate (general mastery of the language in social life)

C1 : Advanced (good command of the language with well-structured expression in social and professional life)

C2: Advanced (excellent command of the language allowing structured and coherent expression in any situation)

Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive an online placement test which will automatically give us/you your level. Your oral level will be evaluated during your first class and will confirm (or not) your test result.

HOW MANY HOURS ARE NEEDED TO MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

It is obvious that all learners progress at different rates depending on their motivation, personal work, degree of practice of French outside the classroom, etc...

Nevertheless, here are the recommendations of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), the framework from which our programs are designed:

  • Beginner to A1: 60 hours
  • A1 to A2: 120 hours
  • A2 to B1: 150 hours
  • B1 to B2: 200 hours
  • B2 to C1: 250 hours
  • C1 to C2: hours variable

CAN DELF/DALF EXAMS BE TAKEN AT THE INSTITUT FRANCOPHONIE?

Our Institute prepares many students each year for the DELF/DALF/TCF exams, but in Nantes, the exams are held at the University. We are happy to assist you in your registration process.

What type of visa do I need to take French courses?

The most common visas requested by our learners are:

  • tourist visa
  • Au pair visa (see "Au pair course") student visa (see "University preparation") Attention!
  • The au pair visa is not automatically obtained. Please contact your embassy/consulate to find out how to proceed.

WHAT LEVEL OF FRENCH IS REQUIRED TO ENTER A FRENCH UNIVERSITY?

Level B2 is in general required.

CAN MY TRAINING BE COVERED BY THE COMPTE PERSONNEL DE FORMATION (CPF) OR THE CONGÉ INDIVIDUAL DE FORMATION (CIF)?

Yes, because our Institute is approved as a "Training Organization" by the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

Can my training be covered by Pôle Emploi?

Yes, a request for financing can be addressed to Pôle Emploi. It is necessary to send an estimate to Pôle Emploi at least 1 month before beginning your training.

 

Pensez à votre Compte personnel de formation (CPF) pour le financement de vos cours de français FLE ! Consider your Personal Training Account (CPF) to finance your French course !
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