Course content & levels

Our courses are built around the needs of learners, according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Four skills are covered in each level: listening, reading, speaking and writing.
This dynamic program covers a wide range of subjects, and favors a linguistic approach based on communication and play. Students are encouraged to act and interact in French, whatever their level. 

A1

Level A1 in French corresponds to a beginner's level, where the learner acquires the essential basics of the language. At this stage, the learner becomes familiar with simple words and short sentences, enabling him or her to communicate in very basic everyday situations.

In French, at A1 level, you'll learn to introduce yourself, and talk about yourself, your family and those around you. Basic notions such as greetings, numbers, colors and everyday objects are explored. Grammar at this level includes simple structures such as verbs in the present tense, definite and indefinite articles, and personal pronouns.

Oral and written comprehension and expression skills are gradually developed. We practice understanding simple announcements and short instructions, and writing small texts such as personal messages or simple notes.

Overall, level A1 is a crucial initial stage where the learner becomes familiar with the sound, basic vocabulary and first structures of the French language. It's an exciting stage, because it's where everything begins on the journey towards mastery of this beautiful language.

A2

Level A2 in French represents a stage after the beginner's level (A1) where learners begin to consolidate their basic knowledge and broaden their language skills. At this stage, we deepen the knowledge acquired at the previous level, while exploring new concepts to better interact in everyday situations.

At A2 level, we continue to develop vocabulary by exploring more varied themes such as leisure, travel, work and so on. Sentences become a little more complex, and we learn to express simple opinions on familiar topics. Grammar is enriched with the introduction of new verb tenses (such as passé composé), adverbs, prepositions and complementary pronouns.

As far as communication skills are concerned, the focus is on listening to simple dialogues, announcements and everyday conversations. In writing, we begin to draft more elaborate texts, such as personal e-mails or simple descriptions.

Overall, level A2 represents a phase in which learners strengthen their linguistic foundations and familiarize themselves with more complex concepts, while continuing to progress towards more fluent, autonomous communication in French.

B1

At level B1 in French, the intermediate stage is reached, where language learning becomes more advanced. At this stage, the learner begins to feel more at ease communicating in a variety of everyday and professional situations, even if this still requires some support.

At B1 level, vocabulary is considerably enriched, and more complex subjects such as society, culture, health, the media, etc. are covered. We learn to argue, express opinions and debate on familiar subjects. Grammar becomes more elaborate, with mastery of new verb tenses, subordinates and nuances of language.

As far as comprehension is concerned, progress is made in the ability to understand longer discussions, radio broadcasts or simple press articles. Oral and written expression becomes more precise and fluent, enabling you to write more detailed texts and take part in more complex conversations.

All in all, level B1 marks a significant advance in mastery of the French language. Learners feel more comfortable interacting in a wider range of situations, and begin to acquire a certain autonomy in their use of the language.

B2

At level B2 in French, learners reach an advanced stage where they are able to communicate much more fluently and precisely. At this level, the language is mastered to a degree that enables more sophisticated interaction in a variety of personal, professional and academic contexts.

At level B2, vocabulary is further enriched, covering more complex and specialized topics. Topics include politics, economics, literature and more. Grammar becomes more subtle, with advanced use of verb tenses, grammatical subtleties and a better understanding of the nuances of the language.

Oral and written comprehension at this level enables the learner to grasp longer, more complex content, such as speeches, TV programs or in-depth press articles. Oral and written expression is more refined, enabling the writing of structured texts, essays and active participation in complex debates and discussions.

Overall, level B2 represents advanced competence in French. Learners are able to communicate independently and fluently, understand a wide variety of texts and express themselves with ease in most situations. It's a level that opens the door to more advanced academic, professional and cultural opportunities in the French language.

C1

At level C1 in French, the learner reaches a level of advanced competence, very close to complete mastery of the language. At this stage, communication is highly sophisticated and precise, enabling nuanced and complex expression on a wide range of topics.

At C1 level, vocabulary is very extensive, covering a wide range of specialized topics. Complex subjects such as philosophy, science, international politics, etc. are explored. Mastery of grammar is advanced, with fluent and precise use of verb tenses, grammatical structures and a fine understanding of linguistic nuances.

Oral and written comprehension is highly developed, enabling you to grasp long, complex speeches, academic presentations, debates and in-depth literary texts. Oral and written expression comes almost naturally, enabling us to adapt to different language registers, write complex texts and argumentative essays, and participate actively in demanding academic or professional discussions.

In short, level C1 represents a high degree of proficiency in French. Learners at this level are able to express themselves with ease, precision and nuance in a wide variety of contexts, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the language and its associated culture. This level opens the door to advanced academic and professional opportunities in the French-speaking world.

C2

At level C2 in French, the learner achieves the highest degree of linguistic competence. This level represents an almost complete mastery of the language, enabling virtually native communication in all contexts, whether academic, professional or social.

At C2 level, vocabulary is extremely extensive and varied, covering highly specialized topics. Grammar is virtually perfect, with fluent and precise use of verb tenses, the most complex grammatical structures and a deep understanding of linguistic subtleties.

Oral and written comprehension is highly advanced, enabling understanding of highly complex speeches, academic lectures, specialized debates and dense literary texts. Oral and written expression is highly refined, enabling the learner to adapt to any language register, to produce elaborate texts and in-depth analyses, and to participate proactively in high-level discussions.

In short, level C2 represents near-native mastery of French. People who have reached this level are able to express themselves with an ease, precision and linguistic richness comparable to that of native speakers. It is the highest level of linguistic competence and opens the door to the most advanced opportunities in academic, professional and cultural fields in the French language.

Learn French in group courses !

Are you motivated by group dynamics?

Whatever your level, from A1 (beginner) to C2 (advanced), the Alliance Française de Lille Métropole welcomes you all year round, in groups of homogeneous levels.

House facades in old Lille

Group courses are structured in 5 to 8-week sessions, according to the school vacation calendar. They are organised so as to be compatible with each participant's schedule: daytime or evening.

They take two forms: general French courses (for all levels), and grammar workshops (from level B1).

Day courses

Practical information

Training levels

A1 to C2

Public

Age 18+

Prerequisites

Course duration

5 to 8 weeks

Maximum number of participants

12

CPF

If you wish to use your CPF account, contact us !

Accessibility

Classes are accessible to the hearing-impaired and mobility-impaired.

Our training courses are designed to reinforce the language skills of our learners, from level A1 to C2, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). They enable participants to develop :

  • reading comprehension
  • listening comprehension
  • oral expression
  • written expression

Courses at the Alliance Française de Lille Métropole are based on communicative and action-oriented methodology.

At the end of your course, you'll receive a certificate showing the total number of hours completed and your level.


A1 - Beginner level

  • Acquire the essential basics of the language
  • Become familiar with simple words and short sentences
  • Communicate in very basic everyday situations

A2 - Elementary level

  • Consolidate basic knowledge and broaden language skills
  • Develop a more varied vocabulary
  • Build more complex sentences
  • Express simple opinions on familiar subjects

B1 - Inermediate level

  • Start to feel more comfortable communicating
  • Enrich your vocabulary to tackle more complex subjects
  • Learn to argue and debate on familiar subjects
  • Master grammar in a more sophisticated way

B2 - Upper intermediate level

  • Interact fluidly in personal, professional and academic domains
  • Communicate clearly and convincingly
  • Understand a wide variety of texts
  • Produce clear, detailed writing on familiar topics

C1 - Advanced level

  • Present or describe a complex subject without difficulty
  • Follow speech of some length on abstract subjects
  • Recognise a wide range of idiomatic expressions and structures
  • Write clear, well-structured texts on complex subjects
  • Understand long literary, professional or academic texts in detail

C2 - Proficient level

  • Produce clear, fluid text with a logical structure
  • Write texts in an appropriate and effective style
  • Effortlessly understand spoken French, whether live or recorded, provided the flow is natural
  • Identify linguistic subtleties and undertones
  • Express yourself at length and produce fluent speech

The weekly schedule of daytime courses varies according to your level:

  • A1 and A2 : 3 x 2h30 / week, i.e. 7h30 lessons / week.
  • B1, B2, C1 and C2 : 2 x 2h30 / week, i.e. 5h lessons / week.

The Alliance Française de Lille Métropole hosts group courses from Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 12pm OR from 1pm to 3.30pm, depending on the level group.

Summer session (July 1st to 26th, 2024) :

  • Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm for all levels from A1 to C2, i.e. 15h / week.

Registration fees

  • Price: €40

The registration fee is only required for the first registration at the Alliance Française de Lille Métropole.

Course fees*

The cost of a group lesson varies according to your level:

  • A1 and A2: €99 / week.

Example for a 7-week session: 99€ x 7 weeks = 693€.

  • B1, B2, C1 and C2: €66 / week.

Example for a 7-week session: 66€ x 7 weeks = 462€.

From the second session onwards, a discount may be applied. For further information, please consult our General Terms and Conditions.

* Individual financing. For corporate or institutional financing, please contact us.

Summer session (July 1st to 26th, 2024)

  • For all levels: €396 / fortnight.

Example for a 4-week session: €396 x 2 fortnights = €792.

Evening classes

Practical information

Training levels

A1 to C2

Public

Age 18+

Prerequisites

Course duration

5 to 8 weeks

Maximum number of participants

12

CPF

If you wish to use your CPF account, contact us !

Accessibility

Classes are accessible to the hearing-impaired and mobility-impaired.

Our training courses are designed to reinforce the language skills of our learners, from level A1 to C2, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). They enable participants to develop :

  • reading comprehension
  • listening comprehension
  • oral expression
  • written expression

Courses at the Alliance Française de Lille Métropole are based on communicative and action-oriented methodology.

At the end of your course, you'll receive a certificate showing the total number of hours completed and your level.


A1 - Beginner level

  • Acquire the essential basics of the language
  • Become familiar with simple words and short sentences
  • Communicate in very basic everyday situations

A2 - Elementary level

  • Consolidate basic knowledge and broaden language skills
  • Develop a more varied vocabulary
  • Build more complex sentences
  • Express simple opinions on familiar subjects

B1 - Inermediate level

  • Start to feel more comfortable communicating
  • Enrich your vocabulary to tackle more complex subjects
  • Learn to argue and debate on familiar subjects
  • Master grammar in a more sophisticated way

B2 - Upper intermediate level

  • Interact fluidly in personal, professional and academic domains
  • Communicate clearly and convincingly
  • Understand a wide variety of texts
  • Produce clear, detailed writing on familiar topics

C1 - Advanced level

  • Present or describe a complex subject without difficulty
  • Follow speech of some length on abstract subjects
  • Recognise a wide range of idiomatic expressions and structures
  • Write clear, well-structured texts on complex subjects
  • Understand long literary, professional or academic texts in detail

C2 - Proficient level

  • Produce clear, fluid text with a logical structure
  • Write texts in an appropriate and effective style
  • Effortlessly understand spoken French, whether live or recorded, provided the flow is natural
  • Identify linguistic subtleties and undertones
  • Express yourself at length and produce fluent speech

The weekly schedule for our evening classes is as follows:

  • A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 : 2 x 1h30 / week, i.e. 3h lessons / week.

The Alliance Française de Lille Métropole hosts group classes from Monday to Thursday, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Registration fees

  • Price: €40

The registration fee is only required for the first registration at the Alliance Française de Lille Métropole.

Course fees*

The cost of a group lesson is as follows:

  • A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2: €42 / week.

Example for a 7-week session: 42€ x 7 weeks = 294€.

From the second session onwards, a discount may be applied. For further information, please consult our General Terms and Conditions.

* Individual financing. For corporate or institutional financing, please contact us.

Summer session (July 1st to 26th, 2024)

  • For all levels: €112 / fortnight.

Example for a 4-week session: €112 x 2 fortnights = €224.

Workshops

Practical information

Training levels

B1 to C2

Public

Age 18+

Prerequisites

Course duration

5 to 8 weeks

Maximum number of participants

12

CPF

If you wish to use your CPF account, contact us !

Accessibility

Classes are accessible to the hearing-impaired and mobility-impaired.

Our grammar workshops aim to reinforce specific French grammar skills. They are offered from level B1 upwards.

Contents of the B1+ grammar workshop

  • Verbal tenses
  • Definite, indefinite and partial articles
  • Negation
  • Tonic personal pronouns and complements
  • Simple relative pronouns
  • Prepositions and adverbs of time and place
  • Chronological links
  • Interrogation

Assessment methods: skills assessment at the beginning and end of the course. Assessment of skills acquired at each stage of training.

Contents of the B2/C1 grammar workshop

  • Verbal tenses
  • Determiners and pronouns
  • Negation and double negation
  • The passive voice and reported speech
  • Chronological and logical articulators
  • Expressing cause, purpose and consequence
  • Expression of condition and hypothesis
  • Expressing opposition and concession

Assessment methods: skills assessment at the beginning and end of the course. Assessment of skills acquired at each stage of training.

" A grammar workshop for what?
To master the oral/written relationship, to understand and be understood, and to learn how to play with words."

Photo by Claire

Claire

French as a foreign language teacher in charge of the B2/C1 grammar workshop


The aim of the Written French workshop is to work on several aspects of written production skills in the professional field and/or everyday life.

Written French workshop content

  • Professional writing (CVs, cover letters, formal e-mails, reports, etc.)
  • Daily life (messages on social networks, taking notes, formatting documents, writing notices on the Internet, etc.).

"What's the point of a written French workshop?
To bring efficiency and naturalness to your professional e-mails, to use polite formulations correctly and to optimize your note-taking and report writing. "

Photo by Victoria

Victoria

French as a foreign language teacher in charge of the written French workshop

Our weekly workshops are 2h30 / week.

Workshops take place on Fridays, from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Registration fees

  • Full price: €40

The registration fee is only required for the first registration at the Alliance Française de Lille Métropole.

These do not apply if they have already been paid on a previous registration.

Workshop rates*

  • The cost of a workshop is €33 / week.

Example for a 7-week session: 33€ x 7 weeks = 231€.

From the second session onwards, a discount may be applied. For further information, please consult our General Terms and Conditions.

* Individual financing. For corporate or institutional financing, please contact us.

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