Accent Français Language School for Beginners
Wanting to learn some basic French conversation skills? Wanting to engage in speaking from day 1? Then come to Ville de Cœur’s premiere language learning program in Alsace’s beautiful Colmar on Rue des Écoles, #2.
AF is not a traditional approach to language acquisition—if you are looking for detailed grammar lessons with verb conjugations, this is not your type of language learning program. AF’s purpose is to promote speaking from day 1—saying meaningful things in authentic situations and saying them well enough so that native speakers could easily understand you is AF’s measure of success. If this is something you would like to get as a skill, then AF is your vehicle set to drive you to success.
What do we aim to accomplish? Our goals are to enable you to:
- Introduce yourself in French
- Express appropriate phrases of politeness—giving thanks, excusing yourself, and directing your comments to familiar people and others whom you do not know personally
- Greet people and say good-bye to people both familiar and unknown to you
- Ask for assistance by posing the question “Do you speak English?” to familiar and unfamiliar people
- Express an apology in various situations, both in formal and informal settings
- Say numbers in French from 0 to 100 and then express your phone number in French
- Express questions and responses pertaining to shopping for clothes in dialog exchange with a vendor, and appropriate responses in an exchange between you and a server at a restaurant/café
The beginning French course is in 8 Lessons lasting 3-4 minutes each. Lessons are taught by Ingrid Dubreuil, a native French language instructor. The lessons are:
Lesson 1: Self-Introductions
Lesson 2: French Manners
Lesson 3: Greeting Others & Saying Good-bye
Lesson 4: “Do you speak English?”
Lesson 5: Making Apologies
Lesson 6: Numbers 0-10 and Phone Number
Lesson 7: Numbers 11-100
Lesson 8: Asking “How Much Does Something Cost?” in Shopping Places
In addition, AF offers 3 enrichment mini-videos about clothing, café/restaurant food, and 2 mini-videos of typical dialog interaction between a customer and sales clerk in a clothing store and another between a customer and server in a café/restaurant. These videos are highly recommended to increase your word power in dialogic interaction in such situations.
AF also offers a video by a native French teacher who goes by “Pierre Prof de Français.” This video offers a list of 24 French films he believes would enhance your learning of French. AF also offers a combined video of all 8 lessons by Ingrid Dubreuil. The purpose of this video is to review your skills prior to electing to take the oral exam for your AF diploma.
Learning a language does not just come from being in a classroom or by watching movies. Singing, interacting with native speakers in French itself, going to a French restaurant and speaking in French with the server, and traveling to French-speaking areas are other roads among many that lead to increased language skill. Do whatever it takes to get you where you want to be linguistically.
Le cercle français
Periodically AF will offer “Le cercle français” round table for the purpose of practicing your French lessons interactively. You will need voice to do this. There will be a native French speaker or knowledgeable French instructor present to moderate. This would be an excellent time to see how well you are progressing linguistically with the lessons. The round tables are only for beginners—people with knowledge of French will not find this useful. It is specifically geared to assist learners of the Dubreuil program. Le cercle français is located in the school café at the basement level. The conversation table is outside on the terrace facing the river.
Tips for learning French:
- Little amounts of time at frequent intervals helps retain information longer. Cramming is not as effective as small amounts of practice at spaced intervals.
- Repeat lessons if need be—there is no race to the finish. You control when and where.
- Practice vocabulary outside the classroom. Find a friend or loved one to practice with.
- Listen to French radio/TV/music. French is spoken in many places—find something you would find interesting and helpful for your speaking goals.
- Attend Le cercle français when you can.
This is an option not a requirement. It serves for some as a motivator to learn. The exam is entirely oral and will cover these areas. The learner will need to answer the questions or respond to the comments made by the examiner in French. The person giving the oral will be a native speaker. Here are the areas:
- The examiner will greet you. You will need to reply accordingly.
- The examiner will ask you to introduce yourself.
- The examiner will respond to your self-intro, and in turn will do the same. You will need to respond when he/she is finished.
- The examiner will thank you. You will need to reply.
- The examiner will ask you if you speak another language besides English, such as Chinese. You will need to reply. You then in turn will ask if the examiner speaks English.
- The examiner will say something in a language you most likely will not understand. You will need to reply that you are sorry and that you do not speak the language she/he was using.
- The examiner will show you a picture of a piece of merchandise in one of our Colmar shops. You will need to ask how much it costs.
- The examiner will answer your question and then you will thank him/her.
- The examiner will ask you what you want to eat from the school café. You will need to answer based on what AF has. You in turn will ask him/her what he wants to drink based on what is available at the AF café. He/she will reply and in turn you will get the examiner the drink and send it to him/her.
- The examiner will thank you and in turn you will reply.
- The examiner will say good-bye and in turn you will do the same. You have finished the oral!
Upon word from the examiner, you will receive your diplôme upon successful completion of the exam.