The adult French curriculum at the Alliance Française de Tucson follows the CEFR, or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment. The CEFR divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. Here is a quick description of each level, and the books that we use.

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  • Beginners Build solid foundations in French

    – Level A1

You will be able to: 

◊ understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

◊ introduce themselves and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.

◊ interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Level A1 includes courses working on Latitudes 1 from Unité 1 to Unité 9. 

 – Level A2

You will be able to:
◊ understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
◊ communicate according to simple and routine tasks requiring simple and direct exchanges of information on familiar and routine matters.
◊ describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Level A2 includes courses working on Latitudes 1 from Unité 10 to Unité 12 and Latitudes 2 from Unité 1 to Unité 6. 

  • Intermediate  Reinforce oral and written communication skills.

    -Level B1

You will be able to:
◊ understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
◊ deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
◊ produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
◊ describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Level B1 includes courses working on Latitudes 2 from Unité 7 to Unité 12 and Latitudes 3 from Unité 1 to Unité 9. 

  • Advanced  Reinforce your knowledge of French grammar and practice both oral and written skills through socio-cultural themes.

-Level B2

You will be able to:
◊ understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
◊ interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
◊ produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

  • Expert – Master the French language perfectly.

-Level C1 & Level C2

You will be able to:
◊ understand a wide range of demands, longer texts, and recognize implicit meanings • express yourself fluently and spontaneously without an obvious search for expressions.
◊ use the language with flexibility and effectiveness for social, academic and professional purposes.
◊ produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
◊ understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
◊ summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
◊ express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.