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French Beginners Level 1 (In-person)

Photo: Chalkboard with English and French words

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.

No materials are required.

Course details

Winter 2023

Dates/Times: Tuesdays, Jan. 24 to April 4, 2023 (10 weeks - no class March 7)
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | In-person
Course Code: CCOM 2081
Location: Tilley Hall, Room 223
UNB Fredericton Campus
9 MacAulay Lane (Campus Map)
Price: $195 (No HST)
Instructor: Rodolphe Petralia

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Spring 2023

Dates/Times: Tuesdays, May 2 to July 4, 2023 (10 weeks)
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | In-person
Course Code: CCOM 2081
Location: UNB Fredericton Campus
9 MacAulay Lane, Tilley Hall, Room 125 (Campus Map)
Price: $195 (No HST)
Instructor: Rodolphe Petralia

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About the instructors

Rodolphe Petralia is a native French speaker who loves traveling and has lived and worked in different countries around the world. He graduated from business school in Paris, France, taught French to adult learners in Ottawa, ON, and is a recent graduate from NBCC in Information Technology. Rodolphe has lived in Fredericton for the last five years with his family and enjoys sharing his experience with students.

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