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Bon Voyage: French for Travelers • Beginner A1

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Spring 2017

5 weeks
April 6-May 4 / May 18-June 15
Thu, 6pm–9pm or Wed, 10am–1pm

The focus of our Bon Voyage course is on practical language: to learn conversational French for travel. By the conclusion of the course you will be able to interact with the French in day-to-day situations and fully benefit your trip without the usual stress that a foreign country can cause to unprepared travelers. You will learn all the phrases, vocabulary and grammar to tackle everyday life on your travels in a French speaking country. Booking hotels, ordering meals at restaurants, giving personal details, asking for directions and seeking help will be second nature for you.

This course will be supported by videos and authentic material showed in class. Simulations on websites will also be realized so that key public places will feel almost like home when you arrive at your destination. A booklet of the important notions seen in class will be given to the students for each class, as well as illustrated vocabulary sheets. Some of the sessions are designed in two parts, so that the time between sessions can be used to memorize all the needed vocabulary. You’ll then be given a second chance to put the acquired vocabulary again into practice.

Course Code: NJ BV
Level: Beginner A1
Teacher: Frédérique Joseph-Lowery
Price: $330 per session

Themes change every week!

Session 1: April 6-May 4

Week 1: Survival Kit 1
— Filling any form (to rent an apartment, a car etc.)
— Asking for directions
— Jet lag, international time and French calendar

Week 2: Survival Kit 2
— Learn about emergency phone numbers and basic vocabulary if you need to see a doctor
— How to find a doctor or a pharmacy on a weekend or at night
— How to handle a phone conversation and explain your location, identity and nationality

Week 3: Time to Move 1
— Modes of transportation in France
— Making reservations for train or plane travel or rental car
— Learn about Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris train station, and subway in order to become familiar with the places. Ask for waiting room, restrooms, and meeting place.

Week 4: Time to Move 2
— Schedules and announcements for public transportation
— Directions and landmarks, transportations and times
— Making an itinerary

Week 5: Time for Art
Exploring French culture with:
— Summer festivals (music, theater) and fairs : which magazines to consult to find this information out, working with schedules, guided tours…
— Museums and free art galleries.

Session 2: May 18-June 15

Week 1: Time to Sleep 1
— Exploring  lodging accommodations and be familiar with their description in French via websites, magazines or newspapers
— Booking a reservation and making sure of the type of room you are getting, and if not basic phrases to explain a change needed

Week 2: Time to Sleep 2
— Vocabulary for all the things you might need to ask to make your trip better (extra pillow or blanket, hairdryer, wifi…)
— Gym, Spa and other services
— Help with bagages and electronics

Week 3: Time to Eat: Gastronomie
— Phrases and cultural customs for ordering in cafes, restaurants or bar
— Cultural habits at the table
— Making a reservation
— Ordering food or wines from authentic menus

Week 4: Time to Eat: Gastronomie (part 2)
— Caves to visit, wine tasting
— French markets outside, organic food
— Basic conversation to socialize with French at a bar or a bistro:  how to ask a question and discuss likes, dislikes and hobbies.

Week 5: Time to Shop
— For clothes or shoes (fitting room, size of clothes and shoes, colors, types of fabrics)
— For luxury products, accessories, perfumes: Chanel, Dior, YSL in Paris and other cities
— Flea markets, brocantes and antiquaires : some advice from Ines de la Fressange
— For art, books, music
— How to ask for price, become familiar with the euros and exchange rate

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