Beginners’ French Courses





French Courses for Beginners online with Gil

COMPLETE BEGINNERS

The Complete Beginner’s Course is made for you if you have no prior or very little knowledge of French language. You are welcome to discover and ground the basics of French Language. The complete lesson of French pronunciation will also help you to master The French Sound System right at the very beginning. As a Complete Beginner you are welcome for a 2 hour trial lesson with Gil.

HIGH BEGINNERS

You are ready for the High Beginner’s Course if you have studied French language for at least 60 hours. You master the basic notions of French language and you would like to move on with the A2 level. You might also feel the need for a little brush up of your previously acquired basic notions. You are very welcome for a two hour trial lesson with Gil.

BEGINNING ``à LA CARTE``

You may also be already above the High Beginner’s level, as you can have a decent conversation in French. But you feel the need to look back at some French basics before moving on with the Intermediate level B1. You need basic French “à la carte”, like a pronunciation and general structure of French brush up, or even a systematization of the conjugation.





Pricing

1 HOUR

1 HOUR FRENCH LESSON WITH GIL

€25
€25

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  • From Complete Beginner to Expert

Your Objectives with Gil as a Complete Beginner - A1

Communicate about yourself and immediate environment in a very simple way
Understand simple spoken words and sentences about immediate environment
Use simple expressions to talk about people and familiar places
Read simple expressions and words like in very short articles
Ground the basic French architecture for the rest of your life
A relaxed, fun, but also studious atmosphere to learn French

Your program with Gil as a Complete Beginner - A1

Meet with Gil online and get to know each other - 2 hours - Offered when you follow the course

  • Meet your French teacher on Zoom application.
  • Explain your personal motivations to learn French.
  • Agree on a study plan.
  • Get a free tour of your classroom and its features (collaborative whiteboard, screen sharing, etc)
  • Receive a first French lesson.
  • Agree on payment logistics.
  • Schedule your next French classes.
  • Get a coupon to have your Trial Lesson offered when you choose to follow the course

Understand how French is structured - 5 hours

French is structured in 3 layers :

  1. The layer of the sounds and the spellings of the sounds (grammar of the sounds).
  2. The layer of the words and their 9 categories (grammar of the words).
  3. The layer of the sentences and their possible structures (grammar of the sentences).

Have a look at the architecture of French language and give a clear structure to your French right at the beginning.

Explore French pronunciation and master it right at the beginning - Complete lesson - 3 to 6 hours

  • Map your “French mouth” and learn how to articulate each one of the 37 sounds. Master them all.
  • Train your ears to listen and to distinguish every French sounds.
  • Train your eyes to read and to distinguish groups of letters.
  • Train your hand to write what I hear.
  • Connect these 4 skills all together.
  • Stop worrying about your French pronunciation.
  • Master it from the very beginning.

A French tailored to who you are - 10 hours

  • Learn how to greet someone and say goodbye. Bonjour! Au revoir!
  • Learn how to present yourself. Name, age, nationality, profession and much more.
  • Learn how to ask for something to someone – je voudrais.
  • Learn how to spell words in French – the alphabet and letters’ names in French.
  • Learn how to count from 0 to 69.
  • Countries of the world in French + Nationalities in French.
  • Colors in French.
  • Day of the week / months of the year in French.
  • Your feelings in French.
  • Verbs Être, Avoir.
  • Defined Determiners : le, la, les.
  • Oui / Non.
  • Formal vous / informal tu.

Gender and number of the nouns - Complete lesson - 5 hours

  • “Every noun in French has a gender”. Masculin ou feminin
  • “Every noun in French receives an “s” at the end in its plural form”.
  • “Except…” – Learn the exceptions.

Talk about your family and personal belongings - Vocabulary - 10 hours

  • Learn vocabulary about your personal belongings with images.
  • Learn vocabulary about your family with images.
  • Practice gender and number of the nouns with this new vocabulary.
  • Practice to use the possessive determiners

Describe your world in French - Vocabulary - 10 hours

  • Vocabulary Building
  • Portay your relatives in French orally and writtenly.
  • Get personal information about someone in French.
  • Present someone to someone else in French.
  • Describe your place to live in French.
  • Preposition of place.
  • Verb of the 1st Group ending with -er : parler, habiter.
  • undefined determiners : un, une, des.
  • Questions – Est-ce que ?
  • Personal subject pronouns, personal tonic pronouns.
  • Professions, names, age.
  • Numbers from 70 to 1000.
  • Politeness formulas.

Body parts and their adjectives - Vocabulary - 5 hours

  • Learn and practice body parts vocabulary.
  • Learn new adjectives to enrich my description.
  • Practice with pictures of my relatives, famous people, people’s pictures from the internet.
  • Write a short description of a person of my choice.

Gender and Number of the Adjectives - Complete lesson - 5 hours

The Adjectives, like the Adverbs, have a function of precision in French language.

They are here to precise the intrinsic qualities of the Noun (the thing or person) they are related to.

For this reason :

  • “Every Adjective receives the gender and the number of the Noun it is related to”.

In this section, you will learn the diverse endings the Adjectives can receive to express the gender and the number of the Noun they are related to. These endings depend also on the adjective’s last letter in its singular form. No difficulty.

Describe the place where you live or work - 10 hours

  • Describe your house or your apartment in French.
  • Understand an ad for house renting in French.
  • Search for a place to live.
  • Write an ad to share an apartment in French.
  • Write a portrait of yourself in order to live with someone.
  • Describe the rooms of your house, equipment in your house in French.
  • Verb to come and to go – Aller et Venir.
  • Possessive Determiners – mon, ton, son, ma, ta, sa, etc.
  • Preposition of place – chez, dans, sur, sous.
  • Qualities and shortcomings of something or someone

Build up vocabulary of the city - Vocabulary using Google View - 15 hours

  • Use Google view to virtually walk your city and learn its vocabulary.
  • Use Google View to learn to describe your favorite places in your city.
  • Describe what people do in the city. Wait for the tram, walk on the side walk, etc.
  • Say what you like to do the most in your city.
  • Simulate conversation you could have in shops, restaurant, café, etc.
  • Apply grammar rules learned previously to construct your sentences.

Express your emotions, desires, likes and dislikes in French - 5 hours

  • Talk about your hobbies.
  • Express your likes and dislikes.
  • Express a preference for something or someone.
  • Express a desire.
  • Write a list of wishes.
  • Contracted determiners.
  • Verbs vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.
  • Interrogative determiners – Quel, quelle, quels, quelles?
  • Pronominal verbs – se coucher.
  • on = nous.
  • Near future > wishes.
  • Seasons, daily activities, hobbies, moments of the day – ce matin, ce soir, hier.

The Present tense - Complete lesson - 15 hours

  • The Present Tense is the most irregular tense in French. Learn it first.
  • Look at most of all the exceptions and learn them by heart – No choice.
  • Learn tricks to remember 1 verb of the 3rd group and be able to conjugate 10 of them – example : “soutenir”, “contenir”, “retenir” contain “tenir”.
  • Create a complete picture of all the possible endings of the present tense – remember visually.
  • Learn the infinitive forms of the verbs.
  • Practice by writing the action story of a fictional character of my choice in the present tense.
  • Practice by speaking about one of my most memorable days as if we were present to the action in the present tense.
  • Practice, practice, practice.

The Conversationalist - Debate at my own pace - Conversation Flow - 5 hours

Improve my conversations skills.

  • Relax and pick a first subject to talk about with my teacher.
  • Express myself freely and at my own pace and let the conversation flow by itself.
  • Let the conversation slide from one subject to another quietly.
  • If the conversation stalls, no worries, my teacher will move it forward.

Take time to have a look at what has been accomplished - 5 hours offered for free for your course accomplishment

  • 5 hours offered to reward ourselves for the work that has been accomplished.
  • Relax and look back at your previous lessons quietly with Gil.
  • Think deeply at what you have learned.
  • Ask questions to your teacher about the previous lessons.
  • Practice grammar or vocabulary points again if necessary.
  • Test yourself about what you have learned.
  • Look forward to what will be accomplished in the near future.

Get ready for examination - Mock exam level A1 - 5 hours

Have a A1 level mock exam before passing the real one :

  • Have your A1 mock exam under the condition of the real one (1 hour 30 min).
  • Correct your mock exam with Gil.
  • Evaluate yourself – Strength and Weaknesses.
  • Receive the evaluation of your teacher.
  • Analyse what could be done to reach excellency for the real exam.
  • Look at real past exam subjects for A1 level with your teacher.

Your Objectives with Gil as a High Beginner - A2

Being able to communicate about yourself and immediate environment. You start to be able to tell stories and talk about your future projects to people.
Understand people who speak slowly using vocabulary of the highest frequency related to subjects of immediate necessity.
Being able lead short conversations with people willing to speak slowly and repeat what they say.
Read short texts like articles, internet posts, very short stories related to subjects I already pre-understand when reading them.
Continue to build up the Architecture of French language upon the basics conquered at the Complete Beginner’s level
A relaxed, fun, but also studious atmosphere to learn French

Your program with Gil as a High Beginner - A2

Meet with Gil and get to know each other

  • Meet with Gil on Zoom application.
  • Explain your personal motivations to learn French.
  • Agree on a study plan.
  • Get a free tour of your classroom and its features (collaborative whiteboard, screen sharing, etc)
  • Receive a first French lesson.
  • Agree on payment logistics.
  • Schedule your next French classes.
  • Get a coupon to have your Trial Lesson offered if you choose to follow the course

The Compound Past - a Past Tense, but also a long term investment for your future apprenticeship in French

The Compound Past is the 2nd most irregular tense in French, after the Present Tense.

Investing your time in it is getting a model for all the other Compound Tenses you will learn in French in the future. Worth it!

  • Learn the conjugations with Être.
  • Learn the conjugations with Avoir.
  • Learn the past participles.
  • Learn the exceptions.
  • Enjoy practicing and practicing again by telling endless stories of real (you) or fictional characters doing successive short actions in a Chronological Order.
  • Learn a massive amount of vocabulary related to your fields of interests while practicing your stories.
  • Learn and use the adverbs of time to articulate your stories. aujourd’hui, après, aussitôt, autrefois, avant, bientôt, d’abord, déjà, demain, encore, enfin, en même temps, ensuite, hier, jadis, jamais, maintenant, quelquefois, parfois, puis, rarement, soudain, souvent, tard, toujours, tôt, tout à coup, tout de suite, etc.

The 3 types of Determiners

Determiners are of 3 types :

  • The Identifiers. Le, un, ma, ce, etc.
  • The Quantifiers. Beaucoup de, trois, certains, etc.
  • The Interrogatives and Exclamatives. Quel? Quel!

Have a closer look at the common mistakes not to be made, learn how to combine and not to combine these 3 determiners types and master them all.

Build up Mother Nature's vocabulary

  • Learn the vocabulary of the mountains.
  • Learn the vocabulary of the sea.
  • Learn the vocabulary of the land.
  • Learn the vocabulary of the sky.
  • Tell short stories of a trip or of holidays using these vocabulary fields.

The Conversationalist - Debate multiple and successive subjects - Conversation Flow - 5 hours

Improve your conversations skills.

  • Relax and pick a first subject to talk about with Gil.
  • Express yourself freely and let the conversation flow by itself.
  • Let the conversation slide from one subject to another endlessly.
  • If the conversation stalls, no worries, your teacher will move it forward.

Learn the Future Simple and put my life in perspective

The Futur simple is probably the easiest and fastest tense to learn in French.

It requires only 1 hour to be learned.

Take 9 hours to practice it and learn more vocabulary in the mean time.

  • “Take the infinitive form of the verb and suppress any letter that could be lasting after its last “r”.
  • “Add the conjugations of the verb Avoir in the present tense : -ai, -as, -a, -ons, -ez, -ont”.
  • Example : To take > prendre > prendr / e > prendr + ai > je prendrai > I will take.
  • Learn the few exceptions.
  • Practice several hours by talking and writing about your future life projects..
  • Build up massive amount of vocabulary in your fields of interests.
  • Master your Future in French.

Practice tenses' sequences to become tense flexible

Now that I have learned the Present tense, the Compound Past and the Futur Simple separately, it’s time to practice them all together.

  • Put verbs in the infinitive form on a timeline on the whiteboard.
  • Choose real or fictional characters as heros of your story.
  • Conjugate your chosen verbs alternatively in the present, past and future tenses.
  • Use adverbs of time to logically articulate your stories.
  • Get used to jump from one tense to another and become tense flexible.
  • Think at how this exercise will be useful for real life situations.

The precision and elegancy of the Adverbs

Adverbs, like the adjectives have one function in French language : Precision.

But, same as the adjectives can only precise the Nouns, adverbs can only precise some other types of words. Adverbs can precise :

  • The Verbs
  • The Adjectives
  • And other Adverbs themselves.

Learn also how to form adverbs from adjectives by adding the ending “-ment”.

With this knowledge reach the aesthetic dimension of French language and gain in precision, discourse articulation, and elegancy right from the High Beginners’ level.

Choose one of your passions and build up your vocabulary around it

Are you passionate about music, an instrument, climbing, traveling, sailing, food, cooking or something else?

  • Make a research at home or in class.
  • Find documents illustrating your passion.
  • Teach Gil about it in class.
  • Write a short text to present it and how you came to this passion.

The aesthetic of the Pronouns

As their name indicates it, “Pro-nouns” are here to be used in place of a noun. But not only.

  • Learn the different types of pronouns, what they can replace and what they cannot.
  • Create a table list of the diverse pronoun sets.
  • Compare the different sets of pronouns.
  • Learn how and when to use them when you speak and write. Practice.
  • Get good at the processes of pronominalization and depronominalization. Don’t worry, it’s very easy!
  • Alleviate your French by replacing long trails of words with pronouns you know.
  • Gain in Elegance and Speed.

The powerful combination of the Imperfect, Plus-Perfect, Conditional Present and Compound Past

Inside the “Indicative Mode”, exist 2 very different worlds :

  • The world of the Discourse centered arround the Present Simple (Compound Past, Present Simple and Future Simple).
  • The World of Stories centered around the Imperfect (Plus-Perfect, Imperfect, Conditional Present and Compound Past again), that you still have to learn.

It is true that I have already learned to tell stories at the beginning of this High Beginner’s Course, but they were only told thanks to the Compound past alone.

It is now time to jump inside the World of Stories by learning 3 new major tenses :

  • The Imperfect
  • The Plus-Perfect
  • The Conditional Present

In this Section I will learn :

  • The difference between the “World of the Discourse” and the “World of Stories”.
  • How symetrical these two worlds are.
  • How, because of this symetry, the conjugations of these 3 new tenses are easy to remember.
  • The value of each one of these tenses and when to use them in your stories.
  • How to tell rich stories using all these past tenses together.
  • Practice by telling stories orally or writtenly.
  • Enrich your vocabulary in the fields of your interests.

The Conversationalist - Debate multiple and successive subjects - Conversation Flow - 5 hours

Improve your conversations skills.

  • Relax and pick a first subject to talk about with Gil.
  • Express yourself freely and let the conversation flow by itself.
  • Let the conversation slide from one subject to another endlessly.
  • If the conversation stalls, no worries, your teacher will move it forward.

Take time to have a look at what has been accomplished

  • 5 hours offered to reward ourselves for the work that has been accomplished.
  • Relax and look back at your previous lessons quietly with Gil.
  • Think deeply at what you have learned.
  • Ask questions to your teacher about the previous lessons.
  • Practice grammar or vocabulary points again if necessary.
  • Test yourself about what you have learned.
  • Look forward to what will be accomplished in the near future.

Get ready for examination - Mock exam level A2 - 5 hours

Have a A2 level mock exam before passing the real one :

  • Have your A2 mock exam under the condition of the real one (2 hours).
  • Correct your mock exam with Gil.
  • Evaluate yourself – Strength and Weaknesses.
  • Receive the evaluation of your teacher.
  • Analyse what could be done to reach excellency for the real exam.
  • Look at real past exam subjects for A2 level with your teacher.
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The 7 skills to master as a Beginner

French pronunciation

French sound system has officially 37 sounds. The Discovery level will enable students to explore their virtual french mouth and master the points of articulation of each sound. Students will then start their learning with confidence in their pronunciation. Spellings of each sound will also be studied for students learn to read french at the very beginning.

Speaking skills

Students will develop abilities to speak in a simple manner on the condition that the interlocutor be ready to repeat, reformulate and help students to say what they want to say. Students will be able to ask simple questions and talk about their personnal and immediate environment.

Reading skills

As in french lots of written letters are not pronounced, skills to decrypt and read written french will be developped through practical exercises. Spelling patterns will be identified so that in the end students be able to read very short texts like small articles, postal cards, restaurant menus or news papers advertisements.

Writing skills

Writing is an essential part of learning. More than everything at the beginning. Most of the memorization is done thanks to writing. On the collaborative whiteboard online, where lessons will be taught to students, Gil will always check that spellings are properly respected so that students take good habits at the very beginning. Students will develop abilities to write very short texts, like phone text messages, short postal cards and emails without spelling mistakes.

Listening skills

Thanks to the training of their ears in sound recognition, students will be able to understand very simple spoken words and sentences related to their immediate environment, family, friends or personal situation if people speak slowly and distinctively. Training with French songs, short dialogues, and other audio materials will get students used to the French spoken language.

Vocabulary Building

The orientation of the vocabulary building can be decided with students if they have specific needs. Abilities to talk about oneself, family, friends and people will be developed. French customs, school, work, home life, weather, seasons, time, the city, giving and receiving directions, giving opinions or advices, and talking about the present and past events are diverse directions the vocabulary building can take.

French architecture

French has 3 layers : 37 sounds and their spellings, 9 types of words (verbs, adjectives, etc.), and finally sentence components’ structures. This architecture is here to help students think the logic of French and express themselves in French. Students will start with small sentences’ structures and catch how the basic architecture of French functions.

Methods to learn French with Gil

The approaches

The Communicative and Action Oriented Approach is based on your most immediate and practical needs. It will help you to practice French as it is spoken in real life by French speakers. The inductive-deductive method will be also used to understand more difficult points of grammar through concrete and illustrating examples.

Learn from your mistakes

Mistakes are the best material to learn and progress quickly. They shade light on what has to be improved. They are of the most positive relevance to your apprenticeship and Gil will help you to take the greatest advantage of them when they will appear.

Full skills development

All your skills for French will slowly be developed from the very beginning. Reading, writing, listening, pronunciation, speaking, and intellectual capacities for grammar will be ignited. Speaking and listening will have the priority for complete and high beginners.

2 hour Trial with Gil

Offered when you follow the course
Gil Filiot - French teacher & School Founder of The Classic French Academy

With or without prior knowledge in French, the trial lesson for Beginners will allow you to meet your French teacher online during two hours. You will be able to discuss with Gil your needs and goals with French, receive an assessment of your knowledge in French, have a first French lesson, and plan your French studies. Be simply welcome.

2 Hour Trial

2 HOUR MEETING WITH GIL

€20
€20

  • Meet with Gil online on Zoom

  • Evaluate your knowledge in French

  • Discuss your needs & goals with French

  • Plan your long term French Studies

  • Collaborate to your First French Lesson

  • Schedule your next French Lessons

  • Get a coupon - Your Trial offered

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Email : info@theclassicfrenchacademy.com