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French Class Descriptions

Quality tailor made to your needs

In many years of teaching, we observed that in some schools, classes are very full and impersonal, which makes it hard for students to learn well. Generally the ones who need the most attention don’t get it.
To avoid this and make sure everyone progresses fast and well, we decided to offer very small sized group classes (max 7 people). In this setting, your teacher will adapt the class to your needs.
Our group classes are over 10 weeks, so it’s easy to fit in your schedule. With small groups we progress faster and better, which makes every hour very efficient.

In Baltimore we offer group classes at your location (in house classes for corporations, professionals, communities etc...) or at:
St Luke's Church, 800 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
(We rent rooms at the church but have no affiliation with it, nor have any religious activitiy)

What level should you start with?

All our levels match the CEFR: (Common European Framework for Languages), so it's easy for you to know where you're at. If you don't know your level yet, we can also assess you through a written test or in a short (phone) interview.
A1: beginners
A2: elementary
B1: intermediate
B2: operational fluent
C1, C2: very advanced / bilingual

Where and When

- At your location or at 800 W 36th Street Baltimore, MD 21211 (we also offer classes in teh DC metro region)
- In the morning/ lunch breaks or in the evenings

Class size and individual attention

No more than 6-7 people, which is especially important for beginners. Many schools have 12 or more in beginner courses, depriving those that need it most of the special attention they need.
The success of every student is very important to us. We prepare tailor made lessons to make sure every one will progress. We give you individual advice, homework to reinforce your skills that we take time to correct at home, and grammar sheets if necessary.

Curriculum

We will immerse you in the language to ensure rapid progress, working with authentic materials, reproducing real conversation. Our instruction follows the “actional” or "task-based" method. What is the “actional” method? It’s situation-based learning, which is how we learned our native language. It’s learning by solving problems or resolving tasks, such as: shopping, finding your way somewhere, making appointments, making small talk. Learning in a real language situation is how kids learn a language, naturally. Your memory functions better, because it is linked to an experience and a task that you achieved.

Compare this to learning a language with flash cards or computer methods -- simply repeating words and sentences out of context, with no real communicative or interactive experience. This kind of knowledge is stored in the cognitive memory but is not in the “procedural” memory, which means it’s going to be forgotten.

Assessment

Before taking a class or lesson you can get an assessment to determine your current proficiency and to help pick the right course for you. During the class you’ll get regular assessments and feedback to make sure you progress. At the end of the class: an extensive evaluation.

Materials

Articles, videos, books, NEWS (TV5, Canal plus, TF1, RFI), methods of teaching French as a foreign language (Version Originale, Alter Ego, Le Nouvel Edito, Rond Point…).

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