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.

Our offer

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The Alliance Française de Lille Métropole strives to be a meeting place for professionals and future professionals in the field of French as a foreign language. It is an examination center for the DAEFLE, a place for study and observation, and a training center.

The DAEFLE

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(Diplôme d'Aptitude à l'Enseignement du Français Langue Étrangère)

  • Professional recognition
  • Pedagogical skills in FLE
  • Opening up to international markets
  • Organised by Alliance Française de Paris

The Alliance Française de Lille Métropole is an examination center for the DAEFLE.

Preparation for the DAEFLE is an initial or continuing distance learning course. This diploma course is designed for professionals. It is designed for people wishing to obtain a diploma to teach French as a Foreign Language (FLE) in France or abroad, and for teachers already in post who wish to specialize in a specific field or audience.

DAEFLE training is provided by the Alliance Française de Paris, in partnership with the Centre National d'Enseignement à Distance (CNED).

The Alliance Française de Lille Métropole offers two exam sessions a year: June and December. To register, click here:

  • You will need to attest to a continuous assessment of at least 20/55 and send us the pedagogical follow-up notification sent by the Alliance Française de Paris.

You will receive :

  • A completed registration form
  • A payment link corresponding to the passage of the selected tests

Your registration will be effective once we have received the required documents and payment. You will receive a personal invitation to the tests at least one week before they take place.

The exam is made up of 5 fundamental skill blocks:

  • Evolving in your professional environment (1h30): €59
  • Preparing a course (2h): €69
  • Leading a course (1h30): €59
  • Supporting learners through evaluation (1h30): €59
  • Promoting pronunciation (1h30): €59

+ 1 test per specialization block (1h30) from among :

  • Teaching FLE to children: €59
  • Teaching FOS: €59
  • Teaching adults with little or no schooling: €59

A fixed price of 330 is offered if you take all the tests.

Pedagogical observations

Practical information

Public

Students or significant experience in FLE

Prerequisites

Bachelor's or Master's degree

Course duration

6 hours

Accessibility

Observations accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Are you training to teach French as a foreign language (Bachelor's, Master's 1 or 2, DAEFLE...) and looking for an immersive experience?

Are you thinking about a career change and want to confirm your choice? It's possible with the Alliance Française de Lille Métropole!

Duration: 6 hours

  • Personalized discussion time. Classroom observation tools (30 minutes).
  • Observation of a daytime general French course (2h30).
  • Observation of a grammar workshop (2h30).
  • Discussion of observations and personalised advice (30 minutes).

The fee for educational observations is €114 incl. VAT.

École d'été 2024 - Phonetic training using the verbo-tonal method

Practical information

Public

FLE teachers

Prerequisites

Being in a FLE / FOS / FLI / FOU teaching situation

Course duration and dates

4h - Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4

Accessibility

Training accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Phonetic correction techniques are often little mastered or put into practice by FLE teachers outside of specific workshops. Yet it seems essential to correct learners' pronunciation errors from the very start of their learning, including in group lessons, to enable them to acquire the right reflexes and thus ensure good progress. The aim of this course is to provide teachers with the tools they need to identify the different types of errors in learners' mother tongues, and to resolve them in the context of a traditional classroom session.

A few words about the trainer, Claire Aranega


As a teacher of French as a Foreign Language for over 10 years, I specialize in corrective phonetics. Trained at the University of Toulouse in the verbo-tonal method, I apply this practice on a daily basis in my teaching.

Because the teaching of phonetics is sometimes denigrated or sidelined, because we don't dare confront it, because we often teach ourselves without being able to go deeper, I'm offering you the chance to learn how to reconcile phonetics and classic FLE courses in this workshop combining theory and practice.

Objectives

  • Learn about different phonetic correction methods
  • Differentiate between learner difficulties and target problems quickly
  • Correct each learner according to his or her phonological awareness
  • How to phonetically correct students during class time
  • How to create a phonetics lesson during a traditional class session

Session 1 - Discovery and theory - Tuesday, September 3 (9:30am-12:30pm)

  • The different phonetic correction methods
  • The verbo-tonal method
  • Linguistic theory
  • Linguistic errors
  • The different types of phonetic correction
  • Theoretical phonetic correction exercises
  • Corrective phonetics in the FLE classroom

Sessions 2 and 3 - Observation (30 minutes) and practice (30 minutes in pairs) - Wednesday, September 4 (times to be defined according to the number of participants)

  • Practice of the verbo-tonal method with learners of different mother tongues
  • Analysis of correction processes
  • Observation and feedback

The price of the phonetic training course is €70.

A second course is offered during this week, at a cost of 30€. The total cost for both courses is €95.

Pre-registration dates: July 12 to August 19

Finalization of registrations and payment: August 19 to 26

Summer School 2024 - Dyslexia and FLE training: how to make learning accessible?

Practical information

Public

FLE teachers

Prerequisites

Being in a FLE / FOS / FLI / FOU teaching situation

Training duration and date

2h30 - Thursday, September 5

Accessibility

Training accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Since 2005, dyslexia has been recognized by the MDPH (Maison Départementale des Personnes Handicapées) as a cognitive handicap. It's also a reality in our classes, affecting between 8% and 10% of our learners, and its repercussions on learning are considerable. How to deal with dyslexic students in the FLE classroom? Teachers who have taken this course will be able to identify the various Dyslexic disorders and adapt their teaching materials to learners with this type of disorder, thus making learning FLE accessible to as many people as possible.

A few words about the trainer, Émilie Chopinet

I hold a Master's degree in Psychology and have worked for over 10 years as an industrial psychologist. I've been living in Barcelona for 8 years, where I discovered the pleasure of teaching. After obtaining my DAEFLE, I became an FLE teacher at AULA Escola Europea and at the Institut Français de Barcelone.

As a psychologist and FLE teacher, the issue of learners with learning difficulties appealed to me. So in 2017, I took a University Diploma in Specific Language and Learning Disorders to specialize in the field.

Alongside teaching, I then collaborated with Éditions Maison des Langues on various editorial revisions and currently work as a co-author for Éditions Didier, always with the same desire to offer teaching materials accessible to all.

Objectives

  • Identify the various dyslexic disorders and their impact on learning in FLE classes
  • Understanding the role of the FLE teacher when dealing with a Dys student
  • Be able to identify teaching aids that are not adapted to learners with Dys learning difficulties
  • Be able to create teaching aids that are accessible to learners with Dys learning difficulties

Training schedule - Thursday, September 5 (2:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

1. What are Dys disorders?

2. Focus on dyslexia

3. How can we make learning accessible to dyslexic learners?

4. Practical application and feedback

The fee for dyslexia and FLE training is €30.

A second course is offered during this week, at a cost of 70€. The total cost for both courses is €95.

Pre-registration dates: July 12 to August 19

Finalization of registrations and payment: August 19 to 26

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