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B1.1 - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (Jan 10 - Feb 14), 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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B1.2 - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (Feb 16 - Mar 23), 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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B1-1 & B1-2 - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (Jan 10 - Mar 23), 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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About this Class

Our core language classes will strengthen your French through speaking, writing and comprehension activities while providing insights into Francophone culture. Our teachers and curriculum use cutting-edge methods and resources to expand your skills and increase your confidence in French. With full immersion from day one and a communicative, task-based approach you'll gain a deeper understanding of the French language and Francophone world!

Required textbook: Edito B1
For the B1.1 course, you will cover units 1 and 2; pp. 11 to 42 and for the B1.2, you will cover units 3, 4 and 5; pp. 43 to 90.
Student may choose to purchase either the hard copy version or the digital version of the textbook and workbook. Please note that for the hard copy version, a CD player is needed to play the included disc. For the digital copy, the online access code expires after one year.


B1.1 - Content you will cover in Unit 1: "Vivre ensemble"

Learn How To
Express interest and indifference, obligation, permission and prohibition ; give advice ; describe a home ; write about a project ; congratulate and share wishes.

Grammar
Using the subjunctive mood ; advising using the subjunctive +infinitive verb ; going further with negations and restrictions ; understanding prefixes in-, il-, im-, ir-.

Society, Culture, and Vocabulary
Learn about Belgian culture, co-housing communities and balanced diets ; and more. Vocabulary: Food ; housing ; and co-living.

Phonetics
Noticing rhythmic word groupings separated by a phonetic comma.

Content you will cover in Unit 2:
"Le goût des nôtres"

Learn How To
Talk about family stories ; describe close relationships ; tell a story describing past situations, habits and events ; express pleasure and joy ; share a memory or an anecdote, and lament forgotten memories.

Grammar
Using the passé composé and the imperfect verbal tenses together ; time indicateurs for expressing duration and specific moments ; agreements for using pronominal verbs in the passé composé verbal.

Society, Culture, and Vocabulary
Learn about a Belgian intergenerational meeting site ; a childhood in Cameroon ; French family trees ; and more. Vocabulary: Human beings ; family ; relationships.

Phonetics
Noticing syllabic equality and elongation of the stressed vowel.



In the B1.2 accelerated class, you will cover units 3, 4 and 5; pp. 43 to 90.

Content you will cover: Unité 3: « Travailler autrement »

Learn How To
talk about a burn-out; talk about a professional experience, your previously held role and responsibilities; articulate your vision of the working world, your opinion; talk about what makes you happy in work, your motivation.

Grammar
using simple relative pronouns (who, that, whose, where); expressing an opinion without us of the subjunctive; expressing a goal.

Society, Culture, and Vocabulary
learn about Belgian youth in the workplace; the nomadic digital work culture in Switzerland; feminization of words; and more. Vocabulary: the professional world; the job market.

Pronunciation
understanding when to pronounce the final consonant: ‘Ils dorment chez les Delorme’, ‘Ils connaissent la maîtresse’




Content you will cover: Unit 4: “Date limite de consommation”

Learn How To
present a subject, express a point of view (certainty, evidence), compare consumer patterns; describe a place

Grammar
expressing an opinion with the indicative mood and the subjunctive mood; using comparatives and superlatives; improving adjective placement.

Society, Culture, and Vocabulary
reflect on the consumers that we are, discover new modes of consumption. Vocabulary: fashion, consumer behavior, clothing, accessories, places of consumption, collaborative economy.

Pronunciation
vocalic sequence: ‘J’ai un peu changé', ‘Il y va a pied’




Content you will cover: Unité 5: “Le français dans le monde”

Learn How To
talk about the diversity of Francophone cultures; talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a single language; learn to encourage and express confidence; talk in chronological terms.

Grammar
form and use of the past-perfect tense; the pronouns en/y and the double pronominalization; indicators of time expressing anteriority, simultaneity, and posteriority.

Society, Culture, and Vocabulary
reflect on the evolution of the French language; explore Francophone regions and countries; reflect on the “survival” of Francophone communities in regions where French is not an official language. Vocabulary: social and intercultural relations (customs, attitudes, protest, appreciations), diversity and living abroad.

Pronunciation
optional liaisons according to language level and the context : ‘-Il est arrivé? -Pas encore.’ OU ‘-Il est arrivé? -Pas encore.’

Testimonials

Samuel

Mexico
This course has been an absolutely immersive experience that has made me learn faster than ever. Also, the benefits of being a member are fantastic.

Pilar

Back Bay
The classes are dynamic, interesting and challenging. I highly recommend the Alliance Française as the best place to learn French in Boston. Very happy with the resources the French Cultural Center has for all levels of French.