French Course Description

General French

The Language Guru Course Description provides you with a detailed list of the various subjects and grammar points covered in each course.

French Beginner 1

Communication Resources

  • Identifying a language
  • Introducing yourself and getting information on another person’s identity
  • Greetings and goodbyes
  • Asking politely; asking and giving personal information
  • Talk about passions and dreams
  • Situating a place in a town
  • Asking and giving explanations
  • Getting information on accommodation and booking
  • Giving your opinion on a place
  • Speaking about activities and the weather
  • Speaking about tastes and interests
  • Talking about profession
  • Talking about yourself and your family
  • Describing a person
  • Asking for /giving news of someone

Grammar Resources

  • The adjectives
  • The verbs avoir and être in the present
  • The definite and indefinite articles
  • The possessive adjectives
  • The negative ne…pas
  • The interrogative adjective quel(le)
  • The prepositions + names of countries and the prepositions of place
  • The present tense of -er verbs
  • Pourquoi/Parce que
  • Closed-ended questions: est-ce que…
  • The demonstrative adjectives
  • The present tense of the verbs aller and venir
  • The present tense of the verbs faire, dire, prendre, descendre
  • The stressed pronouns

Vocabulary

  • Languages, countries and nationalities
  • Numbers from 0 to 99
  • Times of the day and days of the week; months
  • Formal and informal greetings
  • Some places in town, accommodation and directions
  • Some professions
  • Sports and cultural activities
  • Family events
  • Relations

French Beginner 2

Communication Resources

  • Asking/Telling the time, opening hours
  • Expressing an obligation
  • Speaking about daily habits
  • Proposing/Accepting/Refusing an outing
  • Making an appointment
  • Inviting people
  • Giving instructions
  • Talking about your projects
  • Speaking about past events
  • Asking questions
  • Calling/Answering the telephone
  • Giving advice
  • Describing a person and talking about resemblance
  • Expressing feelings
  • Presenting and describing a place
  • Speaking about outdoor activities
  • Speaking about cultural and leisure activities
  • Writing a letter

Grammar Resources

  • Il faut/Devoir + infinitive
  • The present tense of the verb devoir
  • The reflexive verbs in the present
  • Expressions of time: frequency
  • The present tense of the verbs pouvoir/vouloir
  • The pronoun on
  • The imperative
  • The recent past and the near future
  • The passé composé
  • The structure of the questions
  • The present tense or -yer and -ir verbs
  • C’est/Il est
  • The place of adjectives
  • The pronoun y
  • The continuous present

Vocabulary

  • Daily activities and leisure time
  • Going out
  • Celebrations
  • Travel
  • Physical description
  • Feelings and perceptions
  • Seasons, weather and climate
  • Colours
  • Outdoor activities

French Beginner 3

Communication Resources

  • Talking about tastes and diets
  • Giving a positive/negative opinion
  • Giving advice
  • Describe an object and its function
  • Describe a home and he various rooms
  • Making a shopping list, precise quantities and buy something
  • Proposing an outing
  • Describing a restaurant
  • Ordering and expressing your satisfaction or dissatisfaction
  • Talking about restriction
  • Speaking about memories
  • Comparing past and present situations
  • Speaking about relationships
  • Understanding/Expressing rules

Grammar Resources

  • The definite and indefinite articles
  • The partitive articles
  • The quantities and the negative quantity: pas de
  • The direct and indirect object pronouns
  • The relative pronouns qui and que
  • The pronoun en
  • The place of adjectives
  • The negative ne…plus
  • The restriction ne…que
  • Ne…non plus
  • Assez/pas assez/trop (de)
  • The imperfect
  • Depuis/Il y a
  • Servir à/de
  • The passé composé
  • The present tense
  • De plus en plus (de) / de moins en moins (de)
  • Devoir + infinitive / Il faut + infinitive / Imperative for rules

Vocabulary

  • Food
  • Some expressions of frequency
  • Clothes and accessorizes
  • Internet shopping and shops
  • Culture
  • Eating out
  • Memories
  • Life in town/in the country
  • The home and the furniture; objects
  • Layout and decoration

French Elementary 1

Communication Resources

  • Describing a person (personality, qualities, flaws)
  • Talking about relationships
  • Speaking about changes
  • Talking about meeting someone and what happened next
  • Speaking about academic and professional experiences
  • Looking for and applying for a job
  • Giving advice and warnings
  • Talking about a country and its inhabitants
  • Discovering stereotypes
  • Understanding and explaining figures and statistics
  • Questioning and talking about life
  • Speaking about cultural differences
  • Understanding manners and customs
  • Talking about where you live and justifying your choice

Grammar Resources

  • The relative pronouns: qui, que, à qui, où and dont
  • Structures to explain something: c’est quand, c’est + nom + relative clause
  • Revision of the passé composé with être and the agreement of the past participle
  • The indirect speech in the present
  • Revision of the imperfect and the present
  • Structures to compare
  • Time expressions: il y a, pendant, dans, pour + duration
  • The pluperfect
  • The adverbs, regular and irregular
  • Structures to give advice: the imperative, devoir + infinitive, si + present / future / imperative, il faut que + subjunctive
  • The subjunctive
  • The demonstrative pronouns: celui, celle, ceux, celles
  • The inversion in the questions
  • The indefinite pronouns and adverbs: quelqu’un, rien, personne, nulle part,
  • The superlative
  • Ce qui, ce que, c’est to emphasise

Vocabulary

  • Relations and relationships
  • Personality
  • Education and professional experience
  • Work and businesses
  • Mail and formal letters
  • Impersonal expressions: il est important / essential de / que…
  • Percentage and statistics
  • Chronology
  • Feelings
  • Manners
  • Town and home

French Elementary 2

Communication Resources

  • Relating an event
  • Making suggestions
  • Interacting on the blogosphere
  • Understanding press headlines and reported events
  • Reacting to / giving opinion on a TV program
  • Presenting a film or it’s director
  • Expressing your appreciation
  • Talking about leisure activities and community associations
  • Making a reservation
  • Informing about an itinerary
  • Speaking about interests and commitments
  • Talking about the future, goals and objectives
  • Presenting a project
  • Imagining a hypothetical or unreal situation
  • Agreeing and disagreeing

Grammar Resources

  • The interrogative pronouns
  • The possessive pronouns
  • Si + imperfect
  • C’est…qui, c’est…que to emphasise
  • The past tenses and the agreement of the past participle
  • The passive form
  • The place of adverbs in past tenses
  • The personal pronouns after à and de
  • Revision of the direct object pronouns
  • The gerund
  • The pronouns of place en and y
  • souhaiter que + subjunctive, espérer que + indicative, j’aimerais/je voudrais que + subjunctive, j’aimerais + infinitive
  • The present conditional
  • The purpose: afin de / pour + infinitive, afin que / pour que + subjunctive
  • The connecting words to express cause and consequence: car, comme, en effet, c’est pourquoi / c’est pour cette raison que / c’est pour ça que, donc, alors
  • Grâce à / à cause de

Vocabulary

  • Blogosphere and internet
  • Media
  • Chance and superstition
  • Cinema
  • Leisure activities and personal interests
  • Travel and tourism
  • Enquiries and bookings
  • Music and musicians
  • Opinion

French Elementary 3

Communication Resources

  • Talking about changes in life
  • Understanding a biography
  • Reporting a conversation, an event and an achievement
  • Imagining a different past
  • Speaking about past events
  • Expressing regrets
  • Taking a position on something, encouraging actions
  • Giving opinion
  • Understanding historical background of an event
  • Speaking about readings and books
  • Understanding and giving warnings
  • Talking about outrage
  • Reproaching something to someone

Grammar Resources

  • Time expressions: en + duration, dans, pendant
  • The relations in time: avant de + infinitive, après + past infinitive
  • The relative pronoun
  • The reported speech in the past
  • Si + pluperfect, conditional
  • The recent past and the near future when talking in the past
  • Expressing regrets: regretter de + past infinitive, j’aurais aimé / voulu + infinitive
  • Expressing need with the subjunctive or the infinitive
  • The contrast subjunctive / indicative
  • Time expressions: à partir de, dès, dès que, depuis, depuis que, jusqu’à ce que
  • The double pronouns
  • The structures to express consequence
  • The imperfect and the conditional

Vocabulary

  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Professions
  • Feelings
  • Behaviour
  • Environment
  • Technology
  • Reading and books
  • Consequences