Dictée A1.1 | Rentrée des classes

C’est la rentrée !
Dans mon sac, il y a un crayon et une gomme.
Dans le sac de mon ami, il y a un stylo et une règle.
Dans le sac de mon professeur, il y a des crayons, des gommes, des stylos et des règles.

Et vous ? Qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans votre sac ?

Six Things You Can Do to Improve Your French at Home during a Pandemic 

You’ve been stuck at home for a year, you’ve baked bread, learned Tiktok dances, cheered for healthcare workers but you still haven’t improved your French language skills. Discover our unique and effective tips to improve your French at home during a pandemic down below.



  1. Record yourself reading French text out loud.

Find a French article, book or lyrics you like and turn on your voice recorder. Record yourself speaking and listen to yourself.  Re-record the same text a few times, trying different accents, pronunciations, tones etc.

 

  1. Cook your favourite French food.

Find and follow a recipe for your favourite French dish without translating the ingredients or instructions! 

 

  1. Label everything.

Use post-it (sticky) notes to label items in your home in French. 

Le placard.

la télécommande.

le vin.

une brosse à cheveux.

une poubelle.

un ordinateur.

You get the idea.

 

  1. Find a partner.

Join a language exchange group online and swap your language with a French speaker in video or text conversations.

 

  1. Talk to the pros.

If you are serious about improving your conversational French quickly, take a one-on-one or small group class online with one of our accredited, native French speaking teachers. 

 

  1. Change your settings.

Change the language settings on your phone / computer / social media accounts to French and learn everyday French for technology. 

 


 

Prepare to pass your DELF or DALF exam now

French in Normandy’s experienced teachers and accredited curriculum have helped students from around the world achieve their French language goals and obtain their Delf and Dalf certification with confidence.  French in Normandy is pleased to offer an online evening and weekend DALF or DELF exam preparation course tailor made for busy professionals and university students. Obtaining a DELF or DALF certificate will open up opportunities for participants both professionally and academically.

Over the course of 10 weeks, students spend 4 hours/week online with one of our highly trained instructors, targeting their French language skills in a group setting online as well as in one-to-one speaking/oral expression sessions with your teacher. You will improve your overall French and learn exam techniques to ensure you have all the tools you need to pass your French language exam. Your success is our success! With French in Normandy students will be well prepared to pass the exam without stress, like 97%+ of all our students who have taken our tried and trusted DELF and DALF exam preparation courses.

This course will take place online twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings starting September 8th from 18h-19h30 French time followed by 1 hour Saturday mornings or at another moment that suits you during our opening hours.

The course fee of 570€ per person will provide 40 hours of focused exam preparation over the course of 10 weeks.

If you’re ready for success and want to pass your DELF or DALF exam this year, contact us to enrol today in this online exam preparation course.

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  • Choose your desired program option.

 

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FIN reopens with award for best learning experience France

French in Normandy reopened on July 13th after lockdown in France and as soon as the state of Health Emergency was lifted by the French Government on July 10th.

best learning experience FranceWe were delighted to welcome the first students back to the school and also thrilled to receive the Travel and Hospitality Award for Learning Experience of the Year in France.

It was a real boost to know that everything we do for the students is recognised and appreciated by those that come to the school any by those partners that send students to us.

Since the 13th July we have seen numbers grow and the school is full for this first week in August as people seem to appreciate Rouen as a destination knowing that it will offer an authentic taste of France, some of the best French regional cuisine and a secure and more affordable environment

There is plenty to do in Rouen. This year we play host to the International Impressionist Festival, a bi-annual event, and the exhibition in the Rouen Fine Arts Museum brings back some of the Impressionist masters that were lost to the city’s collection at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Another popular event is the spectacular nightly light show projected onto Cathedral Notre Dame which projects the history of Normandy and the story of Joan of Arc.

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French in Normandy is now offering classes at the school in Rouen at all levels of the CEFR, online classes including specific DELF and DALF exam preparation classes and some hybrid classes as well as innovative webinars and virtual language stays for school groups mixing language lessons and virtual visits of places of interest in Normandy.

For the best learning experience in France, now is the time to learn French in Normandy!

 

Study Science in France: French + Sciences Pathway

french sciencesFrench in Normandy is proud to have been chosen by Campus France as one of the participating schools in this new and exciting French and Science short course programme for students planning to study science in France.

French in Normandy provides full French language instruction while partner school ESIGELEC takes the lead role in the science elements of the programme along with CESI NORMANDIE and local companies. Together these three excellent Normandy institutions will receive students from around the world for this new three-week programme that offers first-class language training as well as a hands-on scientific experience for students planning to study science in France. Students will visit companies specialised in motor research, transport and energy solutions.

French + Sciences is designed for international English-speaking students in Sciences, who may be complete beginners in French: the scientific content is 100% taught in English.

Learn more about the programme in our brochure and contact us for details.

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10 Ideas to Improve Your French Speaking Skills

Improve your French speaking skills in 10 steps

Are you looking to learn French but are afraid of not being able to become fluent in it? This article reveals the top 10 effective ideas to improve your French speaking skills.    

 Developing your French speaking skills 

Primarily, it is vital to enroll yourself in a French language school with proficient language teachers and a wide range of French language courses. Also being versed with the language is much easier than speaking French fluently which involves lots of learning work, reading, talking, and practicing in French.  

Have a look at some of the finest methods to improve your French speaking skills, practice and implement the following tips to speak French fluently.

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1. Don’t Study French in a stretch

Continuing French study for a long span can initially give you severe headaches. Read it for a short span with a refreshing break in between study sessions so that you grasp what you study and indulge in quality studying.  

2. Lock yourself in the room and talk to yourself in French in front of a mirror

Your elders might have suggested you before too but it seriously works. Chat with yourself in front of the mirror; if possible enact a role play be it a teacher-student, cook, a French actor delivering a speech, etc. It facilitates an improvement in giving a response in French in distinct situations. This will also remove hesitation as well in overcoming pauses that usually strike while trying to speak a new language.

3. Go on to listen to French audio anytime and anywhere

Stuff that we hear again and again gets easily stored in our memory box. Try to listen to French audio as much as possible to be able to speak fluently. This may result in a dual benefit of improving listening skills along with getting versed with the language. The finest ways to get the hold of French is to practice the process of hearing, understanding, and finally speaking. Try to memorize what you heard while watching a French movie or a TV show like news or you can make a keyword list which you can go through frequently

4. Switch on your TV to watch French game shows

Every one of us loves watching game shows and mostly knows what next anchors are going to utter, and in this way, you can learn French quite easily.

5. Repeat or revise as much as possible

Repetition and revision is the key to learning a language. Just go on to repeat so that you don’t forget it easily

6. Read French out loud

This could be a little problematic, but reading French loud will work for sure. Reading is the best mode to deal with the complexity involved in the language of France. This would help the reader in the composition of sentences and French dialogue.  

7. Converse with  your classmates in French

This will work cent percent as while conversing with your friend, you will get to hear some new and old words that will be an aid in speaking as well as memorizing.  

8. Don’t translate

It is quite obvious that initially while learning, you may translate a bit of French to English, but try to avoid it as much as possible. It is quite possible that you can understand the context of a phrase or sentence or even paragraph even though you might not know the direct meaning/translation of every word. Try not to translate! 

9. Don’t adopt a new studying style

Stick to your old and effective style of studying that has delivered your results earlier. If you get to learn easily while reading aloud or by practicing in writing, simply practice it to learn and speak French quickly

10. Be serious in your French class

Don’t just laugh at it. By being serious in your language class and following the instructions of your teacher, you can learn French easily. Have a deep study of your French course as it is similar to learning French in France. 


If you really want to improve your French, consider a full-on immersion experience with us, French in Normandy, an international award-winning French language school in the heart of Normandy.

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Characteristics of a Good Language Teacher

Knowledge of a language with good command in speaking doesn’t make you a good language teacher. Do you think, mere knowledge and teacher training are enough to switch on to the language teaching profession? There are plenty of characteristics that a teacher must possess to be a good language teacher; along with proficiency in a language, extraordinary reading, speaking and listening skills the teacher must, of course, demonstrate good use of vocabulary and command over the words.

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Do you want to know what are the characteristics of a good teacher? If yes, then go on to confirm the following traits along with checking his or her expertise in French.

French language teaching 

Learning the language of France is just like learning any other new language but a bit earlier acquaintance through movies, multimedia aids, video tutorials, semi-easy reads can be highly advantageous for students in addition to having a good French teacher with the knowledge of the language. 

Important characteristics of a good teacher

Let us check out the good characteristics of a teacher that can make him/her stay in the memory of students for a longer and longer span. This guide is not only for students but also for teachers who aspire to become a good language teacher.  

 

Personalize the Learning Environment

Check out whether the teacher can offer personalized teaching to every class depending upon the specific needs of the class. You cannot teach students of a distinct age with the same teaching style and matter. The best method of teaching students under age 6 plays way method however; the need of students beyond 6 years is different. Therefore, the teacher must be able to connect with the student and execute personalized as well as customized teachingA teacher able to establish emotional as well as mental connect with the students is best to go for.  

 

 

Spread optimism

Learning a language may not be as tough as learning mathematics, but it is also not easy. Most of the students often leave the courses in midterm due to the complexity involved in the language. But a hopeful and encouraging teacher can promote students to learn French and attain proficiency.

 

 

Passionate teacher potent in generating passion in students  

A teacher needs to be passionate about the language along with being able to infuse passion in the students as well. Passion eradicates boredom and irritation which is very common while studying a new language. A spark of interest generates passion and thereby enlists the teacher amongst the good teachers.   

 

 

Connection 

A teacher capable of establishing a connection with the students and between the subject and student easily gets her name in the list of good language teachers. Creating friendliness for the subject amongst students through teaching aids like stories, videos, pictures, snaps, etc. is important for learning.  

 

 

Encourages students to chime in

The participation of students leads to effective or successful learning. Teachers executing distinct means to involve student’s participation are more likely to get the tang of success. Actively involved students learn more easily than those who abstain from participating.

 

 

 Accountability

A good teacher allows the student to face the blame and be accountable for any carelessness and lack of devotion towards the study of language.  

 

Stays attuned with the student’s development

Language learning classes are different in every learning phase. A good language teacher should be able to understand the different development phases and teach students with a fine idea of bespoke teaching best for the mental caliber of distinct students. 

 


French in Normandy team consists of some of the best French language teachers, all who embody the characteristics of a good teacher, who can help you to achieve your language learning goals! Contact us for details about our teachers and French language courses.

5 things to teach your child when learning French as a second language

French is considered as a tough language to learn as well as pronounce. But it cannot be as hard as it seems to learn if you acquaint your child with the following things at preschool or at their early level of education.  As French is a global language, spoken in at least 29 countries and used by international organizations as an official language, learning French is important.

Before you enroll your child in a French-language school, provide him or her the basic knowledge that can make the French learning process easier. Have a look at the overview of the things that, if learned at an early stage, can aid the student to converse in French easily in the future. But before that, let us know why learning French is important?

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Learning skills: Why Learning French is important

Gradually like English, French has become an international language and to compete in today’s world or in the coming years, it is vital to be an expert in French. After English, it is at the second spot amongst the list of languages taught worldwide along with being 6th language of the world spoken across the globe. Various schools offer French classes and courses in France but French in Normandy is voted as the best French language school in France and offers courses for juniors, adults and seniors.

5 things to teach your child when learning French as a second language


Numbers and genders game

If you are planning to teach your child French at any stage after preschool, then make sure to verse him with the genders and numbers. In French, the pronouns and adjectives have to be in agreement, whereas similar is the case of the verb which is also supposed to agree. Make the child aware of grammar through various books through singing or poem recitation, etc. to prepare his foundation for French. 

Education of affirmative, negative, and interrogative statements

Learning French would be an easy job for your child by making him versed with the French translation of  words like what, where, when, why, who, and how which are referred as “quoi” , “où” , “qui” , “quand” , “Pourquoi” , “comment” in French respectively. This would help your child to learn the basics of French easily as with such words sentence formation becomes easy, which would be of immense assistance for students. A habit of noting down a word while reading a chapter is of immense help in learning, which could be a great aid in French too as it aids in increasing the vocabulary of French.  

Verbs

Acquaint your child about the changing form of verbs in French which varies from person to person, mood and tense, unlike English. These learned at a later stage in higher classes are hard to practice as students often forget them. Make such word practice in the daily life of your preschool toddler so that he can remember it for long. Make your toddler hear it while you read to keep it stored in his memory to enable him to learn French with great ease. Again, repeating these words, again and again, can help students to learn easily. 

Conditional and subjunctive

Perhaps you do not know about the verb forms or moods mentioned in French, but do you know that English too stores a similar pattern? The conditional sentences constitute ‘If’ in English whereas it is called “si” in French. Subjective is practiced at the time of uncertainty. Gradually make your child use subjunctives to make the French language, not a tough one to learn. Class discussion can act as a key to learning these.  

Pronunciation

French is difficult to pronounce and understand initially. It is different from Swedish, English, etc. It is spoken in a monotonous range. While pronouncing French, the nasal sounds that seem to have a similar sound actually do not have. A beginner or a preschooler needs to be versed in the fact that sounds appear to melt together from the previous syllable of a word to the beginning of next words syllable. Here animal sound, enacting of screenplay or voice modulation can be highly effective in preparing them to learn French in the future. 

These are minor but very handy things that may assist in learning the language effortlessly.  

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Five Careers Where the French Language Will Take You Far

French, which used to be the world’s language of diplomacy, is considered as a very expressive language and one that is very suitable to several jobs. Although there are many jobs available where your knowledge of French will get you far, it is vital to find a job that interests you and where your French language skills will be fully utilized.

Finding a French language career may be challenging but if you look in the right industries, you’ll be sure to find an industry which is rewarding and allows you to converse in French regularly.

 


French is the 16th most spoken language in the world. It is still spoken in 54 countries, with 29 countries using it as their official or one of their official languages. About 77.2 million people are using it as their mother tongue. Around 60.4 million L1 (first language) speakers are located in France. Worldwide, more than 279.0 million are French speakers. 

French is a vital language in commercial and administrative contexts in many countries such as Brazil, Poland, Greece, Lebanon, Egypt and India. French is used a business language in the African Union and a working language in important international organizations like Amnesty International, the United Nations and the Médecins sans frontières. 

5 Careers Where You Will Use Your French Language Skills

According to studies and surveys of language learners and language schools, French is an easy language for an English speaker to learn. Whether French is your mother tongue, you’re bilingual or you’ve studied French, several opportunities for employment are available for you. We have compiled some of the most interesting jobs where your fluency in the French language will take you far. 


1. French teacher

If teaching is your vocation and you are fluent in the language, this is a good position for many of you. French is one of the most studied languages today, so several language schools and mainstream schools need good French teachers.

There are different opportunities for teaching and the professional requirements differ. One of the things you have to decide is the age group. You can either teach early childhood, kindergarten up to 6th grade or you may want to teach children in the 7th to 12th grades. If you have the right qualification, several colleges and universities have French language programs. You can also try institutions that provide continuing education and language classes for adults. 

Your teaching credential is the most important requirement for any teaching job. Find out the credentialing process for the age group you want to teach, as this varies between countries, provinces and states. You must at least have a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

In all of the age group categories mentioned above, the requirements for teaching adults are the easiest to meet. Depending on where you are located, some adult education centers do not require their language teachers to have credentials, although the wages would be lower. In most cases, it is financially beneficial if you have the right credentials to teach. 

2. Interpreter or translator

These language services are highly specialized and require more than being fluent in two languages. However, if you are qualified, offering French translation opens many opportunities for you to work from home or anywhere. A translator deals with the written word, so you can accept jobs for translating manuals, instructions, poetry, articles, books or manuscripts. 

An interpreter does oral translation and requires expertise. Most interpreters work for large organizations. They can also be connected to language services providers. Still you may find freelance interpreting work in the tourism and travel sector. 

If you are interested in interpreting or translation work, it is better to have a degree in interpreting or translation, credentials from industry organizations such as the American Translators Association (ATA) and membership in an industry organization. Many language services providers offer specialized services in the legal, medical, scientific or financial fields where knowledge of particular terminology is required.  

3. Tourism, travel and hospitality

If you are into traveling and you speak French and other languages, the travel industry is one of your options to find work. You can consider a job as a flight attendant or even a ground crew for an airline. You can try finding work as a local tour guide for foreign tour groups to go around museums and other tourist destinations. Many tour companies offer tour guides who speak French and other languages. The hospitality field likewise needs French speakers. You can work at ski resorts, camps, hotels and even restaurants. 

4. Foreign service

If have the right qualification, you could have an amazing French language career in diplomatic services. You can apply for a job as a foreign service staff in consulates and embassies around the world. The requirements vary from country to country, so it is vital to search for information from the government website of your country. There could also be a waiting list once you pass the exams, so this type of work is not for someone who wants to work in a hurry.

5. Multilingual proofreader

If you have an excellent understanding of French spelling and grammar and you love reading, you can try applying as a proofreader in the publishing industry. Publishing houses and magazines are possible employers. They need people who can edit and proofread materials before publication. You can also edit/proofread French language websites for translation errors, typos and mistakes in spelling. 

See to it that you have the right qualifications aside from being a fluent French speaker when you want to work in any of the positions we’ve suggested. A French language career can be challenging and rewarding and help you keep your language skills current.

 


If you need to improve your French for professional purposes then trust our highly qualified instructor to help you reach your language goals either with an online French course or in-class at our school in Rouen.