At the begining of the course


A - An exact evaluation of the starting level

Evaluating a student's ability to communicate in French as well as his theoretical knowledge of the language at the beginning of every training course, permits to:

  • Establish students' levels according to their skills in different areas.
  • Determine their strong and weak points.
  • Indicate concrete objectives.
  • Measure and valorise their progress.

This evaluation is based on the five principal aspects of the mastery of a foreign language:

  • Spoken language
  • Written language
  • Oral comprehension
  • Written comprehension
  • Structural competence

The starting level is determined on a scale of 6 levels based on the joint European frame of reference for learning and teaching languages (Strasbourg 2000) of the European Council (table 1). French foreign language diplomas (DELF – DALF are recognised within this official scale of reference. It offers a jointly recognised evaluation system for companies and training organisms within the EU. )


B - An analysis of individual needs

Prior to the course, the analysis of a student's specific needs permits choosing an 'à la carte' training course, keeping into consideration a student's ability to communicate in French, personal objectives and professional, family, geographic etc. imperatives.

E.g. A student with a sufficiently high starting level, can follow more specialised language training (e.g. economic, commercial, cultural, literary, general knowledge, written French, etc.).


C - Synthesis and training strategy

The evaluation of a student's level and the analysis of his/her needs makes it possible to prepare a strategy that is regularly reviewed throughout the training course by both teacher and student.

The success of a language course depends on very dynamic teamwork in which both teacher and student contribute actively through permanent and very open dialogue on the method used as well as progress made.

Knowing one's starting level and determinating one's targets well, allows to develop a realistic learning strategy that takes into account : time and other obligations (professionnal, domestic, géographic, economic, etc.) and thus, optimising one's chances of success.

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