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Elementary Level 2

Communication Skills 1:

  • Being able to make contact with somebody, to greet them, to apologize, to spell
  • Knowing when and how to use tu or vous
  • Understanding and being able to use some non-verbal communicative gestures French people use
  • Getting familiar with genders (masculine and feminine) of inanimate words

Communication Skills 2:

  • Being able to introduce yourself or others and ask somebody else to introduce themselves
  • Knowing how to fill in a form
  • Knowing the definite articles: le, la, les
  • Knowing the subject personal pronouns: je, tu, il, elle, vous
  • Knowing how to ask and answer questions related to name, age, address, telephone number
  • Knowing how to use the verbs (conjugate) être, avoir, s'appeler, habiter, travailler, apprendre in the present tense
  • Knowing adjectives of nationality
  • Knowing how to count from 1 to 69

Communication Skills 3:

  • Being able to deliver personal information
  • Being able to express an opinion
  • Being able to express what we like and dislike
  • Being able to talk about our hobbies/pastimes
  • Being able to ask somebody else to talk about themselves
  • Being able to deliver personal information about somebody else
  • Being able to express possession
  • Knowing when to use possessive adjectives: mon, ton, son, ma, ta, sa
  • Knowing when to use du/de la in faire de la natation or faire du tennis
  • Knowing when to use on/nous
  • Knowing how to use negation: ne....pas
  • Knowing how to use: oui/non/si
  • Knowing how to conjugate -er verbs in the present tense
  • Knowing names of sports, jobs
  • Knowing numbers after 69

Communication Skills 4:

  • Being able to talk about routines: being able to say how often you do something
  • Being able to ask somebody how often they do such and such a thing
  • Knowing the expression combien de fois and when to use it
  • Knowing when and how to use jamais, parfois, souvent, toujours
  • Being able to speak about what you did in the past
  • Getting familiar with the passé composé, e.g ., nous avons visité Paris, nous avons adoré!, using verbs ending in -er, aller included

Communication Skills 5:

  • Being able to ask somebody to do something in a formal or more informal manner
  • Knowing when to use: j'aimerais, pourriez-vous?, puis-je?

Communication Skills 6:

  • Being able to talk and to ask somebody else about one's plans in a near future
  • Knowing when/how to use the immediate future: aller + infinitive
  • Knowing how to use the imperative to give orders: va/allez, etc
  • Knowing how to form the plural of nouns
  • Knowing when/how to use il y a
  • Knowing all the subject pronouns: je/tu/il/elle/on/nous/vous/ils/elles
  • Knowing how to conjugate pouvoir, vouloir, aller and reflexive verbs in the present tense, e.g., s'appeler
  • Knowing the days of the week, the months of the year
  • Knowing expressions with avoir, e.g: avoir faim, avoir de la chance, etc.

Communication Skills 7:

  • Being able to suggest, refuse, accept an invitation
  • Being able to ask/say what time it is
  • Being able to indicate the date
  • Being able to make an appointment
  • Being able to express one's opinion, one's likes and dislikes in a formal/informal way
  • Being able to 'negotiate' in order to come to an agreement
  • Knowing how to ask questions:

         - in a formal way: Êtes-vous libre samedi?
         - using est-ce que: Est-ce que vous êtes libre samedi?
         - in a more informal way, using the right intonation: Tu es libre samedi?

  • Knowing how to use je pense que, j'espère que
  • Knowing the pronouns after a preposition: avec lui, chez moi
  • Knowing how to conjugate: être, avoir, venir, savoir, connaître, pouvoir in the present tense
  • Knowing time and date
  • Knowing the days of the week and the months

Communication Skills 8:

  • Being able to express one's opinion: both positive and negative and to ask for somebody else's one
  • Being able to express quantities
  • Know when to use the definite articles:le/la/les or the partitive ones: du/de la/des
  • Know how to express quantities in the negative: pas.....de
  • Know how to use expressions like: un peu de, beaucoup de, etc
  • Know how to ask questions related to quantities: combine de/qu'est-ce que
  • Know how to use the pronoun en
  • Know how to conjugate prendre in the present tense
  • Know vocabulary related to food, drinks, meals

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