French for Beginners: Au Café
What you'll learn
- At the end of this course you will be able to order food and drinks at a café, use the verb ÊTRE in sentences with descriptive adjectives and adjectives of nationality. You'll be able to ask someone what their nationality is and what language they speak. You will know the French alphabet and will be able to count to 100 like a pro. You will have broadened your cultural knowledge by learning about "Café Culture" in France.
- No prerequisite knowledge required. All you'll need to complete this lesson is a notebook, a pen and the desire to learn French!
This is a French course for absolute beginners. We will start at the very beginning, learning some basic grammar and vocabulary. The vocabulary and cultural theme is "At the Café". In this lesson you will learn:
- Café vocabulary
- Definite, indefinite and partitive articles
- The verb ÊTRE
- 32 ÊTRE expressions
- Numbers 1-100
- The French alphabet
- Descriptive adjectives
- Adjectives of nationality
- Café culture in France
This lesson includes an introductory video, plus 14 instructional videos to teach you basic vocabulary, grammar, and culture. The vocabulary and grammar sections include on the spot exercises to help you assess your knowledge right away. To help you with the 32 ÊTRE expressions that you will learn there is a set of task cards with a corresponding study set to help you practice.
In addition to the videos, there are PDF files of all of the new vocabulary and grammar lessons, as well as supplementary exercises for you to complete. You will particularly enjoy the QUIZLET study sets provided to help you practice and master all of your new French skills.
This lesson includes about an hour and a half of video instruction. A typical student will be able to finish the lesson, including the supplementary exercises, in about 5-7 hours, without rushing through the material. The lesson is structured to provide repetition, allowing the student to use vocabulary and grammar in meaningful context.
If you want to learn French, starting at the beginning is the easiest and best way to do it. This lesson will appeal to ages 12 - 112. You'll enjoy Jennifer's teaching style, which is simple and to the point.
Who this course is for:
- This lesson is intended for absolute beginners of French. Students don't need any level or knowledge of the French language to benefit from this lesson.
Bonjour! I'm Jennifer, and I've been teaching French for close to 20 years. I was head of the French Department at St. Louis University High school, where I taught French to young men in a college prep setting for 14 years. I now live in the South of France with my family.
My native language is English, and I speak French fluently at the native level. Teaching French is my passion, and I am now the founder and lead teacher at Love Learning Languages, teaching French to people across the globe via Skype and Google Hangouts. I love to travel, and have been to most if not all countries in Western Europe with my former students from the United States.
I enjoy meeting new people and learning about cultures other than my own. Hobbies of mine include cooking, especially French food and Louisiana recipes (that's where I'm from originally), reading (Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others from the same era are some of my favorites). I enjoy blogging about my life in France, and about learning for those studying French.
Qualifications & Experience
I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French in 1995, then taught French for a year and moved to France for a year before pursuing and earning a Master of Arts degree in French.
I taught French at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men, from 1999-2013.
In the summer of 2013 I relocated to France with my family, and spent the summer working as Dean of l'Académie de France in Montpellier. L'Académie de France is a French immersion program for students from around the world, put on by Oxbridge Academic Programs.
In January 2013 I founded "Love Learning Languages", an online French language school. I've been developing my YouTube Channel where I release on average a couple of French language videos per month. I now teach French full-time on Skype and Google Hangouts, and I also do French immersion classes in France.
It's up to me to guide you and help you along on your journey to learn French. Learning should be fun, and I will make sure that you enjoy yourself as you improve your listening, writing, reading, and speaking skills. Learning French changed my life, and has opened up a whole new world that otherwise would have been unattainable to me. Learning French, the only language spoken on all continents, can do the same for you!
All students have different learning styles, different strengths and weaknesses, and different levels. My job as your teacher is to use many different approaches so that you will get the most out of your class as possible.