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Regardless of whether you are interested in private classes or group courses, or whether you come to us as a complete beginner or advanced learner, we will keep you on track using the following CEFR level standards. Dive into each level to learn about topics that will be covered at each level. French B2 and higher cover customized topics built around our clients and students’ goals and industries. 

Learn about French A1 Topics

CORE Languages follows the CEFR standard for teaching foreign languages. That means we are required to teach specific topics in each level. In order to make learning more manageable, we have broken each level down into 4 short courses.

GEFR Level: French A1.1

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CORE Languages offers bite size courses lasting about 10 weeks each. We split A1.1 into two courses to offer flexibility for your scheduling and the option to review specific topics without repeating a much longer course. 
  • Level 1-1 is a course designed for the true beginner, someone who has had no previous experience with the French language. It covers basic vocabulary, the differences between être and avoir, and introduces regular verbs ending in -er in the present tense. The activities in Level 1 focus on helping each student to speak French, using a controlled and limited vocabulary.
  • Level 1-2 continues to focus on the present tense and teaches students how to use regular verbs ending in -ir and -re, reflexive verbs as well as common irregular verbs. It also introduces the near future, prepositions of place, demonstratives and specialized vocabulary.

After completing these levels, you’ll be able to:

  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.​

  • introduce yourself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.​

  • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

CEFR Level: French A1.2

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CORE Languages offers bite size courses lasting about 10 weeks each. We split A1.2 into two courses to offer flexibility for your scheduling and the option to review specific topics without repeating a much longer course. 
  • Level 1-3 introduces the past tense with the passé composé and includes more advanced irregular verbs, verb + verb constructions and relative pronouns.
  • Level 1-4 focuses on the differences between the passé composé and the imparfait (imperfect) tenses and helps students fine-tune their abilities to speak of past events. It also introduces direct and indirect object pronouns, partitive articles and prepositions of time.

After completing these levels you’ll be able to:

  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.​

  • introduce yourself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.​

  • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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French The Verb "to put"

The French verb mettre is a common but irregular verb which needs to be studied carefully. It means ‘to put’ but can also be used for dropping someone off somewhere, laying the table, taking time to do something, laying a carpet.

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French Possessive Pronouns

French possessive pronouns are used in place of nouns to indicate belonging. Instead of repeating “my bag”, and” my bag”, all the time, we can actually replace my bag and occasionally use “mine” instead.

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French Demonstrative Adjectives

In French, things get a little trickier. As in English, French, demonstrative adjectives must agree in number with the noun they modify, but they must also agree in gender. Once you've determined the number and gender of a noun in French, you can choose the correct demonstrative adjective form to use.

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The French phrase "il est nécessaire" means "it is necessary," and it's used quite often.

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The French verb aller means to go and is one of the most common verbs in the French language. The conjugation of aller in the present tense is: Je vais (I go), Tu vas (You go, familiar), Il, elle va (He, she goes), Nous allons (We go), Vous allez (You go, plural and formal), Ils, elles vont (They go).

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The French expression il y a, which can mean "there is" or "there are," is one of the most important expressions in the French language.

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Telling time in French is just a matter of knowing the French numbers and a few formulas and rules. It's different than we use in English but that doesn't mean it is more difficult.

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Discover All French CEFR Level Topics

Regardless of whether you are interested in private classes or group courses, or whether you come to us as a complete beginner or advanced learner, we will keep you on track using the following CEFR level standards. Dive into each level to learn about topics that will be covered at each level. French B2 and higher cover customized topics built around our clients and students’ goals and industries. 

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Most students choose to take a basic French language course so they can learn a new language, get to know a different culture, have the chance to start working in a French company, comfortably travel around a French speaking country, get in touch with their heritage, and many more reasons.

Learn basic French with a fun and interactive French A1 course for beginners. Get prepared for your A1 French language certificate exams.

Content covered in French A1 will help learners understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences, which relate to communicating basic needs. Learners can introduce him/herself and others as well as ask others about themselves – e.g. where they live, who they know and what they own – and can respond to questions of this nature. Can communicate in a simple manner if the person they are speaking to speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help. Learn more about French A1

Whether you’re looking to learn French to relocate, for work, or just for fun, it can feel daunting knowing where to start. At CORE Languages our teachers will guide you with immersive learning to help guide you along the way.

Content covered in French A2 will help learners understand sentences and commonly used expressions associated with topics directly related to his/her direct circumstances (e.g. personal information or information about his/her family, shopping, work, immediate surroundings). Learners can make him/herself understood in simple, routine situations dealing with a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and common topics. Can describe his/her background and education, immediate surroundings and other things associated with immediate needs in a simple way. Learn more about French A2

The world moves quickly nowadays, and sometimes it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, so the idea of taking a French course can feel daunting. What if we told you that you can opt for a French B1 online course that’s completely flexible and you’re in charge?

Content covered in French B1 will help learners understand the main points when clear, standard language is used and the focus is on familiar topics associated with work, school, leisure time, etc. Learners can deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in the language region. Learners can express him/herself simply and coherently regarding familiar topics and areas of personal interest. Learners can report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals as well as make short statements to justify or explain his/her own views and plans.

If you’re ready to learn at the B2 level, we don’t need to tell you how to learn a language, you’ve been working hard at it already! It’s time to expand your vocabulary, work a little harder at complex subjects and tackle real-world scenarios that will help your confidence grow. 

 

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to understand complex texts, spontaneously interact with native speakers with relative ease, produce detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and write and explain your viewpoints. When you learn with CORE Languages we’ll challenge you with comprehensive reading, writing and listening exercises to match your interests, all the while our native-level teacher will be there to give you personalized feedback in real-time.

 
If you’ve made it this far, you’re already pretty advanced with the French language, so well done. You can understand grammar and form complex sentences, but with CORE Languages you can cement that learning, to include work-based technical language and more. By the end of this C1 French course, you will be adept at speaking Spanish in the workplace, socially, or in an educational setting.
With a French C1 Course you’ll understand demanding texts easily and be able to present complicated information in a clear, concise way. We’ll introduce you to the lesson structure and let you know a bit more about the process of learning French with CORE languages. Take our CERF French placement test to ensure this course is the right one for you and get started with interactive, online courses available 24/7, with native-level speakers to encourage and guide you along the way. 
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