ACCORD’s Teaching Method

ACCORD’s Teaching Method is based on 30 years of experience
ACCORD is a “Qualité FLE” accredited school offering high-quality teaching
Join an Intensive French Language Course in France at ACCORD Paris

Come and pass your “Diplôme de Langue et Culture Françaises”

At the end of the course, you will be given a “Course Certificate” stating the number of hours of attendance, your initial level and the level you have reached.

On request, you can also receive an “End of Course Teaching Assessment”, which includes a detailed analysis of your competence in the French language. This assessment is available at a cost of 50 euros.

ACCORD’s Teaching Method

ACCORD Paris Teaching Method is based on:

  • A dynamic approach to teaching French.
  • 30 years’ experience in welcoming students and catering for their needs.
  • A high-quality teaching method recognised by many international partners.
  • A team of experienced teachers involved in creating their own teaching material and constantly updating ACCORD’s teaching method.

At ACCORD Paris, we follow the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for teaching and assessing French as a foreign language, and we place our students in groups based on the levels defined by this framework.

Our teaching method includes taking into account the language needs and learning strategies of each student.

Our main aim is to recreate real-life situations where you will be able to put your French to practical use and develop your learning strategies, enabling you to use the communication skills you already have in your native language when speaking French.

Our ultimate goal is to help you reach a level of fluency where you will be able to communicate efficiently and effectively in French. To achieve this you will need both a strong command of the language and an in-depth understanding of French culture.

Oral communication is a priority in our morning course “A”: learning to listen, understand, speak and express yourself naturally and appropriately, with fluency and correct pronunciation and intonation.

If you need to improve more intensively your oral French, select one or the two afternoon lessons dedicated to French Oral Communication, on Mondays and Fridays.

With our Teaching Method you will practise all four language skills in an authentic communicative environment.

  • Listening: using authentic audio-visual material, such as extracts from movies, TV and radio programs and songs.
  • Engaging in a conversation and speaking fluently: through role-play, debates, improvisation exercises, which will give you more confidence, and work on pronunciation, use of gesture and fluency.
  • Reading: analysing authentic written texts, such as newspaper and magazine articles, professional documents, administrative forms, literature, brochures and leaflets.
  • Writing: a range of writing activities aimed at achieving communicative goals and improving your knowledge of the language.

In our Teaching Method, grammar is taught through language games and exercises incorporated into the lessons.
If you need to work more on your written French and on the French grammar, select one, two or the three afternoon lessons dedicated to Grammar and Written French on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

All our intensive courses are designed to prepare the DELF and the DALF exams as they contain all the pedagogical content requested to take both exams.

If you want to prepare the DELF or the DALF exam in the best conditions, join our DELF afternoon lessons or our DALF afternoon lessons which are available each Tuesday and Wednesday.

Don’t hesitate to talk about it with our Head of Studies or the ACCORD staff at Reception.

Teaching Material

On your first day you will be given a folder containing information about the ACCORD school, including our teaching method. You will then be able to use this folder to file the documents given to you by your teachers, as well as all the notes that you will take during the course.

At ACCORD Paris there’s no hidden fees as all the pedagogical material given by the school is included in the tuition fees. You will have no book or other teaching material to buy to follow our courses!

Language Levels

As part of our teaching method, classes for each level of communication skills in French are available all year round to ensure the best possible student distribution.
ACCORD French language school follows the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), a framework developed by the Council of Europe for all modern languages as a practical tool to determine the learners’ general and communicative language competences.

The framework is used as a means of assessment, coordination and dialogue between the learners, the administrators or the professional institutions, the course designers and the teachers so as to determine the learner’s level of proficiency, plan language learning programmes, and describe the language proficiency acquired by an individual.

In the CEFR there are six main levels, from A1 (basic user) to C2 (proficient user).

At ACCORD Paris we also offer an A0 level for complete beginners.

Levels of proficiency at ACCORD Paris:

  • A0  Complete beginner
  • A1  Beginner
  • A2  Elementary
  • B1  Pre-Intermediate
  • B2  Intermediate
  • C1  Advanced
  • C2  Proficiency

For all starting dates, levels and courses: click here

Placement Tests

Day one: on your first day, ACCORD Paris organises an information session during which you will meet the teaching staff and the administrative team. Everyone at ACCORD will be happy to help you throughout your stay and we will all work hard to make your learning experience a success.

You will also be given an oral test and a written test to determine your level of French. You will then be placed in an appropriate class for your level.

At any time during your stay, you will be able to talk to your teachers or to the Head of Studies and/or her assistant to discuss your progress and help you choose the right course for your needs.

In line with our teaching method, depending on your progress and based on your teachers’ assessment of your level, you may change to a higher level during your course.

Course Certificate

At the end of the course, you will be given a “Course Certificate” stating the number of hours of attendance, your initial level and the level you have reached.

On request, you can also receive an “End of Course Teaching Assessment”, which includes a detailed analysis of your competence in the French language. This assessment is available at a cost of 50 euros.

It includes the predicted level, the level achieved as well as the levels reached in the 4 skills, a detailed description of your abilities and progress in the different areas: oral, written and socio-cultural plus general comments.

This assessment can be used at university (to earn credits) or for professional purposes (training course validation, CV, etc.).

“Diplôme de Langue et Culture Françaises”

At the end of your course, if you like, you can pass the exam to get the official “Diplôme de Langue et Culture Françaises”, recognised by the Académie de Paris, for just a 50 euro fee.
A sample of the Diploma can be viewed HERE