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Health & Safety Regulations & Cancellation Policies

As we reopen the school and look towards the future, French in Normandy has devised comprehensive  guidelines to ensure the health & safety of our staff and students. All students will be provided with a set of expectations to follow both in the school and at their accommodation. The cooperation of all students, visitors, teachers and staff is imperative to continued success at French in Normandy, allowing everyone to achieve their French learning goals in this new setting. The new health & safety guidelines are outlined below followed by temporary cancellation and refund policies.



STUDENTS 

Everyone entering the school MUST immediately sanitise their hands and each class room will be equipped with sanitiser for regular use and tissues for single use.

Students must all be in the school at the time given and may only enter up to 30 minutes after their class starts as classes may have to be given at staggered intervals.

Students are responsible for their own personal equipment which must not be shared and must be kept clean and sanitised daily.

Students must come to French in Normandy equipped with their own face protection – we suggest a visor as this will facilitate language learning and a mask which is necessary for all public transport and in designated public places.

Students agree to stick to the designated pathways in the school, respect staggered coffee breaks, not congregate in groups of more than 10.

Students are responsible for their health and safety, that of other students and that of our staff in respecting the 1 metre social distancing rule at all times.

Students will receive an eco friendly mug on arrival and they will be responsible for using/keeping clean. Mugs must be named and not be shared with anyone else.

Students who decide to eat in the premises must provide their own utensils and take them away. Anything found in the staff kitchen or anywhere else in the school, will be removed at the end of the day. 

For both staff and students, smoking or using electronic cigarettes, is NOT permitted in or near the school to avoid groupings. 

Anyone breaking these rules will not be allowed entrance to the school and no refunds will be given. 


STAFF

All staff entering the school MUST immediately disinfect their hands. Each class room will be equipped with hand sanitisers for regular use and tissues for single use.

Teaching staff must all be in the school at least 30 minutes before their class starts as classes may have to be given at staggered intervals.

All staff must wear a mask on public transport to and from the school and wear a face protection visor in the school and in lessons.

Teaching staff will be responsible for keeping windows open and airing the classrooms (shutters may be closed if windy, wet etc) and closing them after the lessons.

All staff are responsible for their own personal equipment which must not be shared and must be disinfected twice daily.

Teaching staff will be responsible for disinfecting the equipment they use in class (ie Bluetooth keyboards/tv commands etc).

All staff are responsible for ensuring that students stick to the designated pathways, ensuring that staggered coffee breaks are respected and that students do not congregate in groups of more than 10.

All staff are responsible for themselves and their students in respecting the 1 metre social distancing rule at all times.

All staff are responsible for tidying up and removing the waste paper bin liner from their class or post and placing it in the outside containers daily. 

All staff will receive an eco-friendly mug on arrival and they will be responsible for using/keeping clean. Mugs must not be shared with anyone else 

Staff who decide to eat in the premises must provide their own utensils and take them away. Anything found in the staff kitchen or anywhere else in the school, will be removed at the end of the day. 


Temporary Cancellation & Refund Policy

1. FIN/Host families/commercial accommodation can not be held responsible in case of illness. Students agree to abide by all hygiene rules and safety regulations laid down by the French government, the school and the school’s recognised accommodation options. Health & safety recommendations are subject to change as the pandemic evolves. Some of these conditions include:

a. maintaining physical/social distance of minimum 1 meter, refraining from personal contact with other students, staff and teachers (no handshakes, no kissing or hugging)

b. regular, proper hand washing and sanitising

c. limiting gatherings in any setting inside and outside the school

d. proper disinfecting/washing of personal equipment (i.e. reusable masks and visors)

e. no sharing of personal items (i.e. masks, pens, phones/tablets, cutlery etc)

f. Students MUST inform the reception or emergency number staff at once in case of ANY sign of fever/infection. FIN instructions must then be followed.

g. In the event of a new government imposed lockdown, French in Normandy will provide students with the option to complete their course online or receive a voucher for any unused courses to be taken at a later date.

h. Courses may be cancelled up to 5 business days before the start date with no cancellation fees. Cancellation must be received by the agent or student in writing to the school’s main email address at info (@) frenchinnormandy.com.

3. Students must arrive at French in Normandy at the time given to them and must disinfect their hands upon arrival at the school. Students agree to arrive with a clean mask and transparent face visor and any other equipment they wish to use (phones/tablettes/laptops etc) for which they are responsible and will agree to sanitise and disinfect daily.

4. Students booking a host family accommodation must realise that social distancing may not be possible at all times within the family environment.

5. In the case of quarantine being required by the French authorities students will have to isolate themselves at their own expense.


Contact us in case of any questions regarding these policies and regulations.

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Top 10 Virtual Visits in Normandy, France

Your urge to travel is probably even greater now that you can’t go anywhere.

While confined to your home for the greater good, you can still satisfy your curiosity by armchair travelling to Normandy, one of the most popular regions in France. Discover the capital, Rouen, the infamous Normandy beaches, the monuments, the food and the museums of the region with our list of favourite virtual visits.

Delve even deeper into your French desires with an online French language course offered by none other than, French in Normandy!

On y va! Let’s go!

 


#1. Rouen in Motion

A glimpse into the economic and cultural capital of Normandy and home to our school French in Normandy. Rouen is a bustling, historic city of 112,000+ inhabitants, just waiting for your arrival. Roam the streets, explore the treasures of the old town and view the timbered houses with this fabulous time lapse video of Rouen

#2. Dieppe Kite Festival

The Dieppe Kite Festival was established in 1980. This is one of the largest festivals of this kind in the world and every year it gathers thousands on the Alabaster Coast of Normandy. Attendance to the Festival is free. Activities are very diverse, which ensures that everyone will find something according to his / her liking. Some of you might wander around exhibitions, some will attend various workshops or watch kites in action. And if you’re a fan of traditional music, theatre and dancing, you’ll find plenty of entertainment.

#3. D-Day Landing Beaches as never seen before from above

On June 6, 1944 Allied forces landed on Normandy’s beaches in order to launch the larges invasion and liberate the German-occupied French territory. D-Day Landing Beaches include Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach. You can get a really good (virtual) look of the D-Day beaches in this video. And once travel resumes, feel free to go there in person. You won’t regret it.

#4. Time lapse: Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is Europe’s most unforgettable sights. It is set where Normandy and Brittany meet and its location inspired the imagination of many. This is a video that has toured Mont Saint Michel and the world. If you haven’t seen it  yet or want to relive a day of high tide around the most visited site in Normandy, then check it out.

#5. Chateau de Caen

Built around 1060 by William the Conqueror, what was once the ducal castle of Caen, now is home to the Normandy Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. As of 2004 the town of Caen has gone through some major restoration which finally provided a better view of the 12th century walls, discovered a private cellar and so on.

#6. Rouen: Musée des Beaux Arts

This museum was founded by Napoleon I, back in 1801. The Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen holds some of the most prestigious French collections of paintings, sculptures, objects and drawings. It houses some of the greatest works from Perugino. Veronese, Velazquez, Poussin, Delacroix and many more. This is a place of one of the largest impressionist collection in France.

#7. The Great Eats of Normandy Food Tour

These food tours will take you into a whole new place…into the heart of Normandy. Follow a magnificent trip to Caen and Bayeux with your host and see what type of Norman delicacies can you discover. Take your pick from famous cheeses and dairy products, fresh baked goods, wine and ciders.

#8. Rouen: Notre Dame Cathedral

As the name suggests, this is not the same as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, but it doesn’t mean that it’s less stunning. The Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen was established in the 4th century, enlarged in 650 and unfortunately perished during the Viking raids in the 9th century. But the same Vikings and their descendants restored it and further enlarged it in 950. Over the course of history the Rouen Cathedral was severely damaged and restored several times. Some of its paintings were done by Claude Monet, a famous Impressionists. Monet created several paintings picturing the Cathedral in different weather and in different times of the day.

#9. Monet’s house & gardens

If you stop by at Monet’s house in Giverny, you can still see the Japanese bridge in his garden. Furthermore, the weeping willow, which one the subject to some of his most famous pieces, is still there. This house of one of the most famous French Impressionists was fully restored to their original condition from back in the 19th century. Even Monet’s studios are made complete with the reproductions of his most famous paintings.

#10. A weekend at Étretat, a virtual trip

Étretat is a small commune in Normandy. This charming tourist town is best know for its chalk cliffs especially those three natural arches and a formation called L’Aiguille (“Needle” in French). The cliffs have been an inspiration to many artists include Boudin, Courbet and of course…Monet.

BONUS VIRTUAL VISIT

#11. Rouen: French in Normandy

Take a tour of our international award-winning French language school, French in Normandy. Consider taking a DELF online exam preparation course while you keep yourself safe and at home!

 

French in Normandy Supports Professional Development

Dialoge is an IALC sister school of French in Normandy. Based in Germany, at the beautiful Lake of Constance, it offers a range of German classes at all levels. Dialoge has 14 Erasmus+ mobility courses, providing professional development opportunities for teachers and administration from around Europe. French in Normandy supports the continuous training and professional development of its staff and teachers and Christian Gaujac has been the first to participate in this programme, choosing Dialoge for 1 week of intensive German course in Lindau. As you can see from the photos, Christian enjoyed and benefited from a week of training and professional exchange.

French in Normandy also provides a variety of Erasmus+ courses for teachers and staff who want to either improve their French language skills or refine their teaching techniques.

Christian and Christina Rüger in charge of marketing and sales at Dialoge

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Essential tips for teaching a foreign language effectively

How to teach a foreign language effectively: 4 essential tips


What’s your preferred teaching method when it comes to languages? What can you do to make lessons more engaging and productive for your students? 

Let’s face it, being a language teacher is highly rewarding. Not only do you get to travel and further your passion for a language and its culture, but as a language teacher, you can also give these special gifts to your students.  

You might say that being any kind of teacher has similar benefits. However, there’s something especially remarkable about imparting language. In doing so, you open up perspectives and broaden horizons so your students can travel the world, explore different cultures and open dialogues with people from completely different backgrounds. For your students, it can turn into a lifelong passion, a career, or a relationship. 

So what are the fundamental pillars of language teaching? How can you improve your teaching so your students develop their language skills better?

Here at French in Normandy you can take a range of different French teacher training courses – find more information here or contact us for more information. 

Read on for our essential tips for effective language teaching. 

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Tip 1. Learn about different approaches, methodologies and techniques

Do you tend to teach French by focusing on grammar and vocabulary acquisition? Do you place an emphasis on spoken communication? Or do you provide task-based learning exercises? 

One size doesn’t fit all and over the years our understanding of language education has evolved. Being a teacher is a continual learning journey – there are always new things to discover and put into practice in classroom situations. 

For instance, here at the French in Normandy school, we offer courses that cover different methods. Some of the most popular ones include: 

Approche neurolinguistique (ANL) – The Neurolinguistic Approach 

The Neurolinguistic Approach has been developed based on an understanding of the parts of the brain associated with language acquisition. You can read more about it here

You can see what this teacher had to say about it: 

Technologies de l’information et de la communication à l’école (TICE) – Using new technology in the classroom 

This method incorporates the use of new technology in teaching. The classrooms here at French in Normandy are almost completely paper-free these days, and teachers can learn how to introduce different kinds of technology into their lessons effectively with this course. 

Discipline Non Linguistique (DNL) – Non-linguistic discipline

As well as providing exposure to the language, teaching another specialist subject through language provides a specific focus for language learning that can be very effective.  

Tip 2: Go beyond textbooks and embrace modern media

Almost anyone learning a language today spends a significant amount of their time looking at screens – especially the screens of their smartphones – and using apps. Making use of this and other new technology to aid language teaching means your students can use media they’re familiar with and increase their immersion in the language in different contexts. 

This can take many forms. It could mean posting, sharing and encouraging conversations in the language on social media platforms, or using their favourite boxsets as the basis of an exercise. It could also mean using tools like quiz and competition apps to ‘gamify’ learning and further motivate your students. 

Tip 3: Find a variety of ways for students to immerse themselves in the language

We can all agree that immersion in the target language is essential for language learning. However, this doesn’t have to mean a conversation with a native speaker. While opportunities to have those conversations should be available to students on as regular a basis as possible, why not encourage your students to immerse themselves in other ways that match their interests? 

While literature can work for some, others prefer music and listening to lyrics, others films and boxsets, and others may prefer to learn vocabulary while cooking. Help your students use their hobbies to maximise their exposure to the language outside the classroom.  

Tip 4: Create a safe and positive learning environment

Having the confidence to make mistakes – and the opportunity to discuss and learn from them – is absolutely key to language learning. 

How you structure your lessons and how you provide feedback has an enormous impact on your students’ sense of security, and whatever your preferred methods are, if your students are to improve, they need a space that’s free from judgment and safe enough to make any mistakes, knowing they’ll be seen only as an opportunity to improve.  

Explore our resources and improve your language teaching

We all remember good teachers of any subjects, but language teachers are perhaps on another level. Through language learning, you gain the satisfaction of mastering grammar and the ability to recall the
right word or phrase for a given situation. But you also open the door to new culture – through film, literature, etc. – and new relationships too. 

The buzz and increased confidence you feel when you can speak a language fluently with a native
speaker is hard to beat. Whether it’s the teachers who help you unleash the joy of uncoding and discovering books by great authors in their original language or the ones who help you make sense of
using the subjunctive, the language teachers who really help you stay with you for life. 

While every teacher brings something of themselves and their own experience to teaching, these tips can hopefully help you provide an even higher quality learning experience for your students. 

If you’d like to explore the subject in more detail and read other articles on teaching foreign languages, you can browse all our related articles. 

Our French teacher training courses are designed for teachers from around the world as well as for teachers in Europe who wish to take part in either a French language programme or a methodology programme via the Erasmus grant.

In addition to the different methodologies, all our courses help teachers develop skills and confidence in a number of essential areas, including how to motivate students and keep their attention, how to establish a class dynamic and make the most of interactions in the classroom, and how to respond to specific learning needs within groups. 

If you’re looking to develop your teaching skills and would like to find out more about the teacher training courses on offer here in Rouen, Normandy, you can get more information here.  

 

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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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.

Schools & Agents at French in Normandy

In this article, Lynne Farrugia, who is one of the owners of Schools & Agents, takes us through her experience as a student in Rouen and at French in Normandy.

She came to French in Normandy as a guest, took a course with us and stayed with one of our host families. During the day, she had time to explore our beautiful city. Here’s what she was up to during her week in Rouen.


I had the pleasure of being invited to Rouen and French in Normandy from 7th to 14thJune. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay longer due to other work commitments.  The purpose of this visit was to experience the city as well as the school and the host family, as any other student would. This article as well as the pictures and posts during the week aim to help agents understand better what a student should expect from this beautiful corner in France… read more.


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10 Undeniable Reasons Why French Is Essential For the Engineering Industry


Have you selected the Engineering Industry for your bright future? Do you want to improve your professional skills? Do you like a dream job abroad? If yes, then French learning is essential for you. Why? Well, here are the top 10 undeniable reasons why French is critical for the engineering students.


  1. Learning one language is not enough: We all know the race of the current world; here speaking one professional language is not enough for students. French study will increase your chance of finding a good job at home or abroad with a good salary. Learning multiple languages will enrich students mind and opens up new perspectives.
  2. Gateway to higher education: Second strong reason to learn this language is, French has a high standing in the Engineering Industry. This language is considered the Gateway to a world-class higher education. With French knowledge, engineering students can add an extra and most required skill to their profile. There are several international companies and Gov. Organizations that ask for the French ability to Engineering students. 
  3. A career asset: Every student dreams for a bright career in his selected subject. If you have chosen the Engineering Industry for your future, then French learning is crucial for you. One main reason for this is numerous multinational companies using French as their working language. That’s why French knowledge called as the career asset. 

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  4. Base to learn other languages: Engineering is a vast industry and engineers required in almost every part of life. There are around 6,500 spoken languages in the world. So don’t limit your ability to work by only knowing one language. Several students want to join a job in Canada, Europe, Africa, and Northern South America after completing their Engineering. But you should know, in all these countries French is a popular official language. Moreover, French is easy to learn and can serve you as a base to acquire several other Romance languages. 
  5. A language for better English: Very few students know this fact that French studies in a reputed French language school can make their English better than before. It has proved by several types of research that, “English speaking students becomes more aware and intuitive to English grammar rules after learning French. 
  6. French has a significant online presence: the French language has a big online presence so it can give you access to approximately 15 million additional websites. French is both an official and working language of the European Union, NATO, UN, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee and more. Thus French knowledge for engineers is crucial. 
  7. Spoken around the world:  French is spoken and learned throughout the world. After the English, French is the only language that spoken on five continents. It is the second most broadly taught foreign language around the world with 125 million learners. So with French study, engineering students can find their dream job easily across the globe. 
  8. Enhances Confidence levels: Confidence is essential for each student to gain more in life. And advanced French courses for engineers can improve their confidence levels because they authorized in several international organizations and firms. 
  9. A language that opens up the world: Your ability to understanding, speaking and writing French will open up the door of the world for your study, job and travel. Not just in France but also in Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg Engineering students can find their dream job easily with French study. 
  10. A Gateway to Culture: When you study abroad, you get a chance to experience a new environment, advanced technology, and the unique culture. Here, your French knowledge will help you to mix up quickly with your roommates, classmates, and teachers. Engineering students who want to learn can join us at French in Normandy#1 French language school in France with 25 years of experience.

 

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CEFR: What Are the Different Levels of French Language Proficiency in French?


Language proficiency or linguistic proficiency is the ability of an individual to speak or perform in a language. If you love French and want to know the different levels of French Language Proficiency, then you are in the right place. Here, we will discuss different levels of French Proficiency of CEFR. But before going ahead, first, need to understand what CEFR is?


What is CEFR?

CEFR stands for Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Council of Europe develops CEFR as part of a project called the “Language Learning for European Citizenship.” CEFR standards are used to measure the proficiency of individuals in various languages (German, French, English or Spanish.) spoken in European. This scheme planned as a validation of language ability for non-native speakers of the language. CEFR split language learners into three main types – A, B, C and then additionally divide each category into two categories like A1, A2, and B1, B2

Where the Different CEFR Levels Matter

The CEFR is not only used in academic settings but also used by several employers. A CEFR diploma is very versatile for your CV or résumé, and they often don’t expire. You may need a CEFR certificate for school admissions, to join a University course, and Employment. Several students use CEFR levels for self-assessment. So that students can easily define their current level and can work hard to be proficient in French.

The “A” Levels: Basic User

A1 or Beginner: It is the most basic level of language learning. At this level, the user can do the following tasks:

  • Can recognize and use known expressions and fundamental phrases that used in everyday needs
  • He/she can introduce himself/herself, can answer and ask questions about the personal details, e.g., where he lives, things he has, people he knows, etc.
  • A user can communicate openly if the other person is polite, cooperative, speak slowly and ready for the communication help

A2 or Elementary: At the A2 CEFR level, a language learner can:

  • Understand commonly used terms in most central areas like shopping, employment, family, and geography, etc.
  • Can do tasks which are routine and involve a direct swap of information.
  • Can explain matters of immediate need in straightforward terms.

The “B” Levels: Independent User

B1 – Threshold (or intermediate): When a user reaches the B level of CEFR, he can:

  • Identify the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly used in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can handle travel situations in areas where the language is spoken
  • Can write or create texts on personal interest topics’
  • Can explain their dreams, hopes, ambitions, and experiences to others.
  • Can give their opinions, reasons, and plans on a topic briefly

B2 – Upper Intermediate or Vantage: At this stage of French learning a user can:

  • Understand the fundamental idea of a complex text, or technical piece related to his field.
  • Can communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without too much strain for either the learner or the native speaker.
  • Can undoubtedly produce detailed text on a wide range of subjects
  • Can explain his point of view on a current issue by giving advantages and disadvantages

The “C” Levels: Proficient User

C1 – Advanced or Effective Operational Proficiency: When a French language learner acquires this level of CEFR he becomes proficient a user. Here, he can:  

  • Understand a wide variety of high demanding longer texts and conversations, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Can state ideas without more much searching for expressions
  • He/ She can be active in social media, academic or professional situations by effectively using the French language
  • Can produce cogent, detailed text on most complex topics.

C2 – Mastery (or proficiency) this is the mastery level of CEFR, and here the user is supposed to:

  • Understand almost everything, read, write and speak French with ease.
  • Can summarize information from various spoken and written sources
  • can reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • can express himself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely
  • Can differentiate precise meanings of words, sentences, and paragraphs, even in the most complex situations.

French in Normandy provides French language courses for all levels of learners. Learn more about our General French courses or DELF and DALF preparation courses.

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