French Class Descriptions
During our many years of teaching, we observed that in some schools, classes are very full and impersonal. This makes it hard for students to learn well and generally the ones who need the most attention do not receive it.
To avoid this and make sure everyone progresses fast and well, we offer very small group classes (3-5 people). In this setting, the teacher tailors the class to student needs.
Our group classes are over 8 or 10 week sessions, so they can easily fit in your schedule. With small groups, we progress better and faster, making every session very effective.
If you are a beginner, your progress will be very simple to follow. We offer all proficiency levels with a progression through the Blue - White - Red levels to become an "Independent User." This means you will be able to manage most language situations. For each of these steps, there are certain skills you will need to master, in regards to your oral and written abilities (expression and comprehension).
Once you pass the red level, you are an advanced user. At the next level, the “Gold” classes, the learning is a bit different. You are ready to discover the subtleties of the language and get trained to talk and write with fewer mistakes. For that purpose, it’s essential to talk a lot but also go more in depth into the rules of grammar.
If you already know some French, you can start at any level corresponding to your skills.
Along your French journey, you may want to reinforce your skills or do specialized classes or workshops. Check below to see what we have planned!
All our levels match the CEFR: (Common European Framework for Languages), so it's easy for you to know where you should start. If you don't know your level yet, we can also assess you in a short (phone) interview. If you are a beginner, it's easy: just start at the Blue 1 level!
Blue for A1, beginners
White for A2, elementary
Red for B1, intermediate
Gold for B2, C1, C2: operational and advanced
Classes are in the heart of the business district in DC on K street or in Alexandria (Telegraph road/ Franconia) at convenient times: early in the morning or in the evening, and also on Saturdays.
No more than 6 people, which is especially important for beginners. Many schools have 12 or more in beginner courses, depriving especially those that need it most of the special attention they need.
The success of every student is very important to us. We prepare tailor made lessons to make sure every one progresses. We give you individual advice, homework to reinforce your skills that we take time to correct at home, and grammar sheets if necessary.
We will immerse you in the language to ensure rapid progress, working with authentic materials, reproducing real conversation. Our instruction follows the “actional” or "task-based" method. What is the “actional” method? It’s situation-based learning, which is how we learned our native language. It’s learning by solving problems or resolving tasks, such as: shopping, finding your way somewhere, making appointments, making small talk. Learning in a real language situation is how kids learn a language, naturally. Your memory functions better, because it is linked to an experience and a task that you achieved.
Compare this to learning a language with flash cards or computer methods -- simply repeating words and sentences out of context, with no real communicative or interactive experience. This kind of knowledge is stored in the cognitive memory but is not in the “procedural” memory, which means it’s going to be forgotten.
Before taking a class or lesson, we’ll give you a free assessment to determine your current proficiency and to help pick the right course for you. During the class, you’ll get regular assessments and feedback to make sure you progress. At the end of the class, you will have an extensive evaluation.
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To see what group classes are offered, when, and for how much, go to the Schedule: