Learning French: Niveau A2 French classes

Expat life!

One of the most difficult parts about living in France is.. as you can imagine not being quite fluent in French yet. Although my french has developed over the last year and a half.. I’ve found it difficult to make a huge amount of progress in the language without having real french classes/ learning french grammar.

As part of my journey for obtaining my “carte de sejour” (which I will explain further in detail in a different post, because it will.. take a lot of explaining lol) The OFFI office presented me with the opportunity to study french further, at the ACM formation in Orleans.

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Upon registering online, within a couple weeks I received an email to attend a meeting to have more information about my options for attending Niveau A2 french classes.

What is Niveau A2?

The Niveau A2 french language course that I am taking is designed to prepare you to take the DELF exam. The DELF is a diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates. This can be helpful for obtaining a job in France, obtaining citizenship, going to school.. etc.. or like me to solely help you work on your french in a classroom environment.

Here is a list of how the levels are broken down.

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So as you can see I am still in the very beginning stages of my french speaking journey!

After attending the information session and signing up for classes. My class began a few  weeks later.

The class started on October 22nd and will run through early December with the official DELF exam on December 12th.

Class Schedule: Monday- Tuesday/Thursday-Friday for 3 hours each day. 

With that said, it’s been about 3 weeks since I’ve started..

During the first few days of class we focused on introducing ourselves using basic french greetings/getting to know each other a little bit.

It was very exciting for me to learn about everyone’s country of origin and look around and see how different we all are.. some people coming from countries I didn’t even know existed! All gathered in a room experiencing a whole new and exciting journey together. While we all have very different reasons for our transition to France.. what brings us together is that we have NO idea how to speak proper french.

This was our first class assignment. We went around the class room and introduced ourselves to each person.. we were asked to fill out this paper with everyones name, age and country. ALL IN FRENCH!

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Each lesson is structured with a variety of exercises giving us plenty of opportunities to practice writing, reading, speaking, and listening/oral comprehension. In addition, the instructor does not speak any other language except french.. which does make it extremely difficult! BUT also gives you no other option but to think in french for the entire 3 hours which I’ll admit…. I’ve realized is way more helpful!

The DELF exam is made up of 4 parts:

  • Comprehension de l’oral- (understanding- listening to french)
  • Comprehension des ecrits- (reading french)
  • Production ecrite- (writing in french)
  • Productino Orale- (speaking in french)

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Depending on the day, we usually work on one section if not a little bit of everything.

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Here are some examples of the work we do..

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With each lesson we are pushed to speak in french and only french. The teacher gives everyone many chances through out the day to speak out loud. Although it is beyond nerve wracking to speak a language I am not at all comfortable with in front of a bunch of strangers.. I am really surprised with how much I have progressed in such a short time. It’s beginning to be very clear that confidence is a huge thing when learning a new language… and of course practice…lots of practice..

Going into this class..I’d gotten to the point where I can understand nearly everything and can have some basic conversation with no classes at all, so I’m excited to see how much I will improve by December! I never knew how much excitement learning a new language and culture could bring me…

Updates to come!

Comme d’habitude, je vous remercie de lire mon blogue et je vous invite à revenir.

xx Shalize

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