Essentials of French Grammar
The language of instruction is French
Has it been a while since your last French course? Do you have trouble understanding, let alone remembering and assimilating the French grammar? Have you had little practice writing in French? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then you should seriously consider enrolling in this three-day refresher workshop. Its purpose is to review and reinforce previously acquired essential grammatical structures and vocabulary. If you have already studied French but feel somewhat “rusty”, this workshop will help you to refresh your memory and gain confidence writing in French.
The focus of the workshop is on functional language usage. A dynamic, communicative approach will be used with an emphasis on realistic and meaningful life situations. The language of instruction is French.
Take our short, on-line test - strictly personal and confidential - to find out if this workshop suits your needs.
The program French Writing Skills for Anglophones as a whole provides excellent preparation for those wishing to take the Federal Government's language proficiency tests.
Parts of speech
Agreement of subject-verb and noun-adjective
Agreement of past participles
Word endings : é, ée, és, ées, ez, er
Homophones (eg. quand/quant/qu’en; leur/leurs; à/a)
Passé composé vs imparfait
Active voice vs passive voice
Use of articles
Use of pronouns
Writing tools (print and electronic)
- Those who need to review essential grammatical structures and vocabulary before moving on to more advanced levels (Fundamentals of French Writing Skills, Development of French Writing Skills, and Keeping Up Your French Writing Skills)
This workshop is the result of a long-standing collaboration between Johanne Blais and Catherine Mareschal.
Johanne Blais, M.A., has solid experience in teaching French as a second language, grammar, and writing skills in a variety of institutions (universities, colleges, Crown corporations, federal Ministries). Johanne delivers on-site training for the program French Writing Skills for Anglophones, as well as for the workshops Les anglicismes and Apprivoiser les règles du participe passé for Francophones.
Catherine Mareschal, Ph.D., similarly has solid experience in teaching French writing skills to Francophones and Anglophones at colleges, universities, and governmental institutions. She delivers on-campus training for the program French Writing Skills for Anglophones, as well as for the workshops Français au travail (I & II), Le mot juste, Les anglicismes, and Apprivoiser les règles du participe passé for Francophones.
"The course was exactly what I was looking for and needed. I feel as though I've gone over almost every rule of grammar that has been confusing me for years! I appreciate the knowledge the instructor has and that she is so good at transmitting that knowledge to her students with great examples."
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