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Teens (ages 11–17)
Teens dive deep into French in our two-week summer immersion classes!
For two weeks students will focus on improving their French reading, writing, and conversation skills. Grouped according to age and level, our highly trained teachers will lead teens to pick up communication skills while exploring Francophone cultures. A great opportunity for beginners or students wanting to become more proficient.
Cadets (ages 11–14)
Our multidisciplinary approach encourages interactions in French with role-playing of tasks to awaken young teens’ interest and imagination. FIAF’s Cadets course focuses on developing oral communication, including both listening comprehension and speaking skills. Teens will additionally build a solid foundation in reading and writing in French at a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level while learning strategies to become a more independent foreign language learner.
The Cadets curriculum integrates preparation for the DELF JUNIOR exams. Our curriculum consists of twelve consecutive tiers from Beginner to Advanced levels: 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 301, 302, 303, 304. Each level can be covered over one 11-week session (fall, winter, spring). Two levels can be covered over one 2-week intensive session (summer).
Beginner 101–104: Upon completion of levels 101 to 104, students will know salutations and introductions, and be able to describe a person and members of their families and express their tastes. They will be comfortable discussing their immediate environment, conversing about sports, and making vacation plans. Children will also learn how to have a conversation on the phone. In grammar, teens will learn the verbs “être” (to be), “avoir” (to have), “aller” (to go) and “faire” (to do) and all verbs ending in “er”. Negative sentences and simple question structures will be studied. The future tense and the imperative form will also be covered.
Intermediate 201–204: Upon completion of levels 201 to 204, children will know how to express their needs and feelings, describe their schedule and the personality traits of a person. They will be able to present an overview of their home, make a purchase, and talk about their eating habits. In grammar, they will study irregular verbs and their usage. The past and future tenses will be studied and the conditional tense will be introduced.
Advanced 301–304: Upon completion of levels 301 to 304, young teens will have learned how to express their opinions in numerous contexts such as music, movies, food, and sports. They will also be able to express more complex feelings and describe personal goals and desires. In grammar, the program will cover the “imparfait”, “passé composé” (past tenses) and “conditionel” tenses along with the imperative form and their usage.
Juniors (ages 15–17)
Our multidisciplinary approach promotes interactions in French through role-playing of everyday tasks to awaken teens’ interest and imagination. FIAF’s Juniors focuses on developing oral communication, including both listening comprehension and speaking skills. Teens will additionally build a solid foundation in reading and writing in French at a beginner and intermediate level and learn strategies to become a more independent foreign language learner.
The Juniors curriculum integrates preparation for the DELF JUNIOR exams. FIAF also offers special classes to help teens prepare for the SAT and AP French test.
Our curriculum consists of eight consecutive tiers from Beginner to Intermediate levels: 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204. Each level can be covered over one 11-week session (fall, winter, spring) or one 2-week intensive session (summer).
Beginner 101–104: Upon completion of levels 101 to 104, teens will know how to greet someone, introduce themselves and others, describe a person, and express emotions. They will be able to talk proficiently about jobs, housing, and meals. Teens will also learn how to have a conversation over the phone in French and make vacation plans. In grammar, frequently used verbs and irregular verbs will be covered. The imperative form, the present tense, the future tense, and the “passé composé” and “imparfait” past tenses will be introduced, along with reflexive verbs and their usage.
Intermediate 201–204: Upon completion of levels 201 to 204, teens will be able to talk about someone’s physical traits and character, and describe their interests and environment. Vocabulary relating to tourism, hobbies, health, transportation, nature, and city life will be studied. The future, recent past, and continuous present tenses will be covered. The conditional tense and the difference between the “imparfait” and “passé composé” past tenses will be learned, and the subjunctive form will also be taught.
*No class on July 3. Class will start at 9:10am for the June 29–July 10 session.
Discounts on Immersion Classes
Full-Day Package: Morning Class + Afternoon Cultural Discoveries
Placement Test / Evaluation of Level
Complete beginners (students who have never studied French) can enroll directly in any 101 level class. Children who are new to FIAF but have previous exposure to the French language must take our free, quick and easy placement test—view details here. A FIAF teacher will evaluate the test and help place the student in the appropriate level.