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French Courses

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French  Language  Courses

 

              Canadian Academy for Sciences & Technology (CAST) offers through its partners consecutive French language courses for those interested in learning to speak in common situations to that of a well-educated native.

 

Conversational French Courses:

§          Canadian Academy for Sciences & Technology (CAST) offers its uniquely designed conversational courses to those interested in improving their ability to deal in French.

§         In all 6-level courses, special emphasis is on speaking (vocabulary inputs and pronunciation practice) and listening skills to increase student/learner confidence and ability to interact in French.

§         Courses are designed to focus on both fluency and accuracy.

§         IT-Based Language Labs and modern learning techniques are adopted to ensure learners' optimum benefit.

§         For Prices, please contact your nearest local (CAST) partner.

 

 Conversational French Courses Levels' Description:

§         Levels 1 (Elementary):

o       A course for beginners emphasizing correct pronunciation of basic vocabulary in everyday conversations.

o       Dialogues for travel and other practical use will be learned. This introduction to French will prepare the beginner to use the language correctly within a limited context and to understand its basic structure.

§         Levels 2 (Upper Elementary):

o       A course to further develop the student’s fluency in speaking French. Oral practice includes active use of the language in short dialogues stressing basic communication and correct pronunciation.

o       The reading of easy cultural texts also provides material for conversation and discussion. Tapes are available for individual practice.

§         Levels 3 (Intermediate):

o       This is the third course in a sequence for students who wish to continue their study of understanding and speaking French.

o       The material will cover intermediate level vocabulary, grammar, and expressions.

§         Levels 4 (Upper Intermediate):

o       This is the fourth course in a sequence for students who wish to continue their study of understanding and speaking French.

o       The material will continue to cover intermediate level vocabulary, grammar, and expressions.                                   

§         Levels 5 & 6 (Advanced):

o       By reaching the advanced levels, separate advanced listening materials are used in class with more emphasis on real life situations and accurate pronunciations.

o       Learners are encouraged to discuss topics in class; more time will be dedicated to discussions and presentations.

o       By completing the advanced levels, learners will reach the well-educated native level of conversational French.

 

Regular French Courses

§         (CAST) provides learners with General French courses that are also divided into 6 levels.

§         During courses, the four skills of French language; reading, writing, listening, and speaking are integrated, grammar and vocabulary are extended to offer learners a complete comprehensive French program.

§         There are specially designed course materials and activities.

§         A variety of topics are chosen from real life authentic world wide resources.

§         A comprehensive treatment of grammar & vocabulary, clearly presented to learners through a variety of activities and exercises (including team work).

§         All skills are developed through out the courses with pronunciation integrated in the course.

§         For Prices, please contact your nearest local (CAST) partner.

 Regular French Courses' Description

§         Level 1 Elementary:

o       At the end of the session the student should be able to use the language to: 
use basic structures to talk about oneself;

·        Make contact with others,..

·        Obtain information…

·        Fill in a form…

·        Make purchases…

·        Order in a restaurant...

§         Level 2 Upper Elementary:

o       At the end of the session the student should be able to use the language to: 
comprehend simple concrete situations in everyday life,

·        Deal with administrative matters,

·        Start a conversation and participate in it...

·        Exam preparation: unit A1 DELF 1 (A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

§         Levels 3 Intermediate:

o       At the end of the session the student should be able to use the language to:

·        Comprehend simple subjects about everyday life (travel, pastimes, studies),

·        Communicate during a trip,

·        Talk about a project, an idea, ones job, pastimes, studies...

·        Exam preparation: unit A2 DELF 1 (A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

§         Levels 4 Upper Intermediate:

o       At the end of the session the student should be able to use the language to:

·        Comprehend complex texts,

·        Talk about a variety of subjects,

·        Give opinions and debate,

·        Express oneself in a spontaneous way..

·        Exam preparation: units A3, A4 DELF 1 (B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

§         Levels 5 Advanced French :

o       At the end of the session the student should be able to use the language to:

·        Communicate in a spontaneous way in social and professional contexts,

·        Be comfortable using all tenses...

·        Exam preparation: units A5, A6 DELF 2 (B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

§         Levels 6 Proficiency in French :

o       At the end of the session the student should be able to use the language to:

·        Easily comprehend any type of document,

·        Speak fluently,

·        Handle the subtleties of the language

·        Exam preparation : DALF (C1, C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

French Language Exam Preparation

§          Canadian Academy for Sciences & Technology (CAST) provides the main two famous French Language accreditation tests, namely:

§         (TCF) (Test du connaissance du Français) &

§         (DALF) (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)

(TCF) (Test du connaissance du Français)

§         What is the TCF?

o       The Test du connaissance du Français is recognized and awarded by the French Ministry of National Education and is a reliable assessment of a candidate's knowledge of French.

o       It is valid for just two years and allows candidates to sit the DELF 2 or DALF examinations (depending on the marks obtained in the TCF) without having to pass the DELF 1.

o       French universities often ask for TCF as proof of the language skills of future international students.

§         Who can enroll?

o       TCF is designed for any non-native speaker of French and does not require any specific qualification or preparation.

§         What does the exam involve?

o       3 obligatory tests (90 minutes)

·        Reading  comprehension (45 minutes)

·        Listening comprehension (25 minutes)

·        Use of grammatical structures (20 minutes)

·        There are a total of 80 questions: 30 questions for reading comprehension, 30 questions for listening comprehension and 20 for use of grammatical structures.

·        In each part of the test, the questions are the same for all candidates and increase in difficulty.

·        Multiple-choice questions (generally 4 answers to choose from). Only one correct answer.

o       2 optional tests (2 hours)

·        Writing (I hour 45 minutes)

·        Speaking (15 minutes)

·        N.B. These tests are optional.

·        Candidates may also choose to take the following tests:

Writing: This part consists of 6 exercises, which increase in level of difficulty (1. write a simple and personal message; 6. write a summary of a text or a selection of texts); candidates must do all exercises.
Speaking: This part consists of an interview. The interview is composed of six questions, which range from easy to difficult. (i.e. question 1.talk about your home, family and friends; question 6. give a detailed and structured oral presentation of complex subjects)

§         Dates of TCF (Preparation Courses & Exams) and registration:

o       Please contact the nearest (CAST)C Partner.

 

(DALF) (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française):

§         What is the DALF?

o       The The Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française is a certificate awarded by the French Ministry of State Education.

o       It assesses not only a candidate’s level of French, but also represents the level of competence required for university study.

o       A student who has passed the DALF is capable of following a course at a French university.

o       The DALF exempts a candidate from the French language entry test for French universities and is valid indefinitely.

§         Who can enroll?

o       DALF is designed for all non-native speakers of French:

o       If the candidate has passed DELF Level 2 (irrespective of the country where the exam was taken), he/she may prepare for the DALF.

o       If the candidate has no French language qualification, they may gain exemption from DELF by passing the access test for DALF.

o       Success in the access test indicates that the candidate has sufficient knowledge to prepare for the DALF. (N.B. No certificate is awarded for the access test.)

o       If the candidate has no French language qualification, they may also take the TCF, which may allow candidates exemption from DELF (depending on marks obtained in TCF).

o       The candidate must reach the intermediate advanced level of TCF and get at least 16/20 in both optional tests (writing and speaking) the advantage of TCF is that candidates will obtain a certificate of their level of French, even if their French is not of the required level to take the DALF.

§         What does the exam involve?

o       Unit B1: Reading comprehension and writing (2 hours 30 minutes):

·        1 Writing test: summarize in approximately 200 words a text of approximately 700 words/coeff.2

·        1 Writing test: write short answers to 5 written questions on the given text or relating to it/coeff.1

o       Unit B2: Listening (approximately 30 minutes):

·        1 Listening test: Listen twice to a recording approximately 3 minutes long and answer questions on the text.

o       Unit B3: Specialized reading comprehension and writing (2 hours 30 minutes):

·        1 Writing test: synthèse of several texts (700 words) in
a specialized subject area corresponding to that chosen by the candidate from a list proposed by the test center e.g. Sciences économiques et juridiques (economics and law), sciences humaines et sociales (human and social sciences), mathématiques et science de la matière (maths and physical sciences), sciences de la vie (natural sciences)/coeff 2

·        1 Writing test: write short answers to 5 written questions on the given texts or relating to them/coeff.1

o       Unit B4: Specialized Listening comprehension and speaking:

1 Speaking test: oral presentation on a specialized subject area corresponding to that chosen by the candidate from a list proposed by the test center.

§         Dates of DALF (Preparation Courses & Exams) and registration:

o       Please contact the nearest (CAST) Partner.