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French Beginners Level 1 (In-person)

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*Please note: due to the new GNB regulations, proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person Leisure Learning classes & workshops.

CCOM 2081

Comment vas-tu? Take the mystery out of one of our province’s official languages. This course helps you to develop your French language skills (listening, speaking, and strategies for reading and writing) by focusing on the use of vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and sentence construction.

Topics covered include:

  • Alphabet, accents, pronunciation, gender of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, plural of nouns, present tense of avoir and être.
  • Partitive article (du, de la), agreement of adjectives, il y a, forming questions.
  • Present tense of verb endings in -er, showing possession, to or at, present tense of aller, immediate future (present tense of aller + infinitive).
  • Question forms of verbs, negatives, use of de, possessive adjectives, present tense of dire, lire, partir and prendre.
  • Present tense of verbs ending in -ir, position of adjectives, use of de, feminine forms of adjectives, use of on, present tense of jeter.
  • Present tense of verbs ending in -re, irregular plural forms of nouns and adjectives, use of tout, the demonstrative adjective, voici and voilà, present tense of boire and faire.
  • Personal pronoun objects of verbs (conjunctives), the imperative, position of personal pronoun objects with the imperative, present tense of venir, voir, vouloir, immediate past (present tense of venir + de + infinitive).
  • Reflexive verbs, formation and position of adverbs, present tense of ouvrir and mettre.

The material covers a variety of everyday topics in a simple, concise manner. There will be plenty of examples and explanations to illustrate how the language works and to build confidence. Each lesson contains: clear grammar explanations, vocabulary lists, and reading material consisting of a story, dialogue or letter, questions for speaking practice, and oral/written exercises.

By the end of Level 1, you will have gained some elementary vocabulary and be able to understand, ask and answer questions using simple sentences.

To help you choose your course level, please complete this self-test, with attached answers.

No materials are required.

Course details

Dates/Times: Tuesdays, Sept. 28 to Nov. 30, 2021 (10 weeks)
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: UNB Fredericton Campus
9 MacAulay Lane
Tilley Hall, Room 124, (Campus Map)
Price: $179 (No HST)
Instructor: Aimable Rwamucyo

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About the instructors

Aimable Rwamucyo has over 15 years of experience in teaching French as a second language to adults with more than 12,000 hours in classroom. For most of his work, he has primarily taught the PFL2 program to employees from the Government of Canada and to members of the Canadian Armed Forces. In addition, he holds a bachelor degree in communication from the University of Ottawa and has taken advanced courses in andragogy. He is therefore aptly suited to deliver French courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Under his tutelage, his students thrive in a positive learning environment.

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