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Quick Glance

All courses at Paris Langues meet the levels defined by the Council of Europe in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). See below.

Our method is based :

● on 4 linguistic skills: oral and written comprehension, oral and written expression

● on the use of the language in the everyday situations of the French.

Our teaching material is :

● created for practising a modern, living language.

● enhanced with numerous real documents: songs, newspaper and magazine articles, videos, games…

The teachers at Paris Langues

● lead their classes in a way which allows each student to feel at ease.

● ensure that each student has the chance to speak

● systematically correct pronunciation during the class.

More about our Methodology

Our teachers specialized in teaching French as a foreign language, guide students in their discovery, learning, and mastery of the language and encourage spontaneous exchanges during the course. Students learn to communicate and have an everyday conversation in a variety of daily circumstances through the study of dialogues and texts, exploiting a broad range of modern and proved communication-based methods and materials (role plays, creative group exercises, audio and video recordings, songs, current press articles, French literature, etc.) They will progressively increase their vocabulary, develop their grammar, their oral comprehension and their ability to speak.

is corrected at all times during class, and homework is given to the students at the end of each day. Suitable course material will be given to students for use during the course.

Students are placed in small groups according to their level (8 to 12 students maximum in each group) that allows each student to actively participate.

We offer every month 6 different groups of level: Complete Beginner (A0), False Beginner (A1), Low Intermediate (A2), Intermediate (B1), High Intermediate (B2), and Advanced (C1).

Organisation of French general courses

Courses start every Monday, except for students who are “complete beginners”, who must begin their courses on specific dates (see calendar of sessions).

An assessment test is held on Monday morning in order to place each student in the correct level group.

Paris Langues organises a cultural activity on Wednesday afternoon each week. Through these activities the students can discover Paris and the diversity of French civilisation by participating in excursions offered on themes as varied as art, architecture, gastronomy, cinema and history.

Common Reference Levels: global scale

Level description

Common reference levels europe council

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.



Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can 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.



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


Can 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). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.



Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.



Complete Beginner Level (A0)

At the end of this level, students are able to use the language to:

  • parler de soi et présenter les autres,
  • s’informer, poser des questions, demander son chemin
  • décrire un objet,
  • commander dans un restaurant, acheter quelque chose…
  • civilisation : découverte de Paris, la gastronomie française…


(around 100 hours of courses)

At the end of this level, students are able to use the language to:

  • parler de ses activités quotidiennes,
  • se localiser dans l’espace
  • parler du futur (futur simple, futur proche), parler au passé (Passé Composé)
  • civilisation : découverte des régions françaises, l’organisation du temps (travail, loisirs)…

Low Intermediate Level (A2)

(around 200 hours of courses)

At the end of this level, students are able to use the language to:

  • raconter un fait au passé (Passé Composé, Imparfait)
  • comparer des choses et des personnes
  • se localiser dans le temps
  • civilisation : les médias, les nouvelles technologies…

Intermediate Level (B1)

(around 300 - 400 hours of courses)

At the end of this level, students are able to use the language to:

  • émettre des hypothèses (Conditionnel Présent)
  • argumenter un point de vue
  • raconter un fait au passé (Passé Composé, Imparfait, Plus-que-Parfait)
  • substituer les éléments de la phrase (utilisation des pronoms de substitution)
  • civilisation : découverte des personnalités françaises (artistes, politiques, etc.), notion de géographie et d’histoire…

High Intermediate Level (B2)

(around 500 -600 hours of courses)

At the end of this level, students are able to use the language to:

  • émettre des hypothèses dans le passé (Conditionnel Passé)
  • construire des phrases complexes au Subjonctif
  • contruire des phrases complexes en utilisant les pronoms relatifs simples
  • civilisation : la francophonie, la presse écrite…

DELF TRAINING (level B2 of "cadre europeen de reference pour les langues")

Advanced Levels (C1/C2)

(700 & more hours of courses)

At the end of this level, students are able to use the language to:

  • comprendre aisément tout type de document,
  • s’exprimer couramment sur tout type de sujets,
  • manier les subtilités de la langue et les différents niveaux de langage
  • civilisation : grands courants littéraires et artistiques français, notion de philosophie…
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