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Levels of Language Proficiency

There are six levels. Choose from the following to learn more about the levels.

You can determine the level appropriate for you by using one of our online self-assessment exercises.

French Entry Level Self-AssessmentOnline Questionnaire for Language Class Placement

Level I

This course is for people who wish to learn to speak the language of choice but who have never or rarely been exposed to the language, or for those who once studied the language but have forgotten the basics. The focus is on learning to communicate in everyday situations through an introduction to the grammatical structures of the spoken and written language. By course-end, your basic working knowledge of the language and classroom role-playing will allow you to interact in a simple way in the areas of immediate need. These include greeting people, expressing likes and dislikes, asking and answering simple questions, writing a short simple postcard or e-mail, and filling in forms with personal details like your name, nationality and address.

Requisite Skill Set

You are not yet able in spoken language to give, in full, complete sentences, your name, address, and phone number.

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Level II

You’ve had success in Level I, or already possess the equivalent basic grammar and conversation skills. Now, you can expand your vocabulary and learn more structures, idioms and cultural etiquette with this course.

Role-playing and simulations of everyday interactions reinforce the skills you need to participate in social events at a basic level such as providing instructions and directions, describing your family and other people and places, relating daily activities and some past events, communicating in simple and routine tasks as shopping, and inviting or accepting an invitation. You will also be able to write simple notes and messages for example for thanking or apologizing. Written homework develops your grasp of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

Requisite Skill Set

You are not yet ready in spoken language to communicate simple directions such as how to go from your home to your workplace.

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Level III

By exploring some of the complexities of the conversational language, this course builds on the skills you already possess. Classroom role-playing exercises reinforce the skills you need to exchange advice and points of view, compare situations and express possibilities, wishes and doubts. By course end, you will be fluent expressing what you can and cannot do, and discussing past and future events, talking about shopping, restaurants or employment, and writing a simple personal letter.

Requisite Skill Set

You are comfortable, in spoken language, giving directions such as how to go from your home to your workplace.

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Level IV

Designed for students who have completed Level III, or who possess the equivalent language skills, this course increases your ability to converse and handle everyday encounters and transactions. By course end, you will be able to express your point of view with certainty and probability, provide explanations, negotiate with people and relate past, present and future experiences using the appropriate tenses. You can write a text describing experiences and impressions.

Requisite Skill Set

You are able to relate to events in the past, present and future.

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Level V

Expand your ability to function in the spoken language. Learn grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions. Increase your knowledge of language etiquette. Students who have successfully completed Level IV, or who possess the equivalent skills, will gain precision in their speech, learn how to make complex comparisons, and gain confidence discussing and analysing social issues expressing your point of view and giving a substantiated opinion or direct and indirect suggestions. You can describe experiences and ambitions, and give reasons for opinions and plans. You can write a text on topics like art, food, the media and the environment.

Requisite Skill Set

Students who enrol in this course are already comfortable expressing their opinions. For instance, they will be able to describe the biggest social ill in their community and how to solve it.

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Level VI

This Level VI course is for people who have completed Level V, or who have equivalent language skills. Students who enrol in this course are comfortable expressing their choice of a vacation spot, for example, and can give three reasons for their decision. By the end of this course you will be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with a native speaker quite possible. You can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects and write an essay on matters related to your interests.

Requisite Skill Set

You are comfortable expressing your thoughts, for example, as to why the arts and culture are important.

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