French B1 (Intermediate) Program Offered at Alliance Francaise

Alliance Francaise

Nairobi County

Certificate 8 weeks Part-Time Fee: Kshs 7,900 Intake: Ongoing

Certificate (Accredited by: Alliance Francaise)

About French B1 (Intermediate) Certificate program.

French B1 is an intermediate French, consisting of practical language for work, school, and travel. It makes students more confident, fluent, and independent when speaking the French language. 

Level B1, which is sometimes referred to as ‘Threshold’ or ‘Breakthrough’ stage, is the point at which a French speaker moves away from the most simplistic language usage and is able to cope with most of the situations they are likely to encounter when traveling around a French-speaking country.

In particular, a student at B1 level should be able to understand the key points from authentic speech, connect written phrases into simple text and start to communicate more complicated ideas. For example, it should be possible to describe events, experiences, expectations, ambitions, and hopes, while also giving their own opinion.

Objectives of French B1 (Intermediate)

This Intermediate French B1 program focuses on the students listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

  • Listening
    In terms of listening, a B1 level student should be able to understand the main points from authentic French speech regarding familiar matters like work, family life or school. For example, it should be possible to understand the kind of questions asked in a job interview, or to listen to a radio station or watch a television programme and grasp the main points being discussed; especially if speech is clear or slowed down.
  • Reading
    At B1 standard, a student should be able to read texts that focus on familiar topics or everyday situations. It should be possible, for instance, to read an interview in a magazine or a description of events in a newspaper. This stage also marks the point at which it should be possible to comprehend opinions, so a French learner should be able to understand a film critic’s main points or understand opinions expressed in a letter.
  • Speaking
    A French speaker who has reached the B1 stage should find it possible to cope with most situations they are likely to encounter on a day-to-day basis in a country where French is the main language. This means they should be able to make travel arrangements, explain intentions or have simple conversations centered on familiar topics. Moreover, a student at this point should be able to explain their opinion and describe feelings and events.
  • Writing
    Finally, a B1 level French student should be able to write simplistic, connected texts on topics that are of personal interest to them and explain their own opinion. It should be possible to write a letter to a friend or family member and describe experiences or relay events. In addition, a student should have the ability to convey basic facts and figures, or outline the plot of a film or book.

Entry requirements for French B1 (Intermediate)

  • Elementary French A2 certificate

French B1 (Intermediate) Course Subjects

  • Listening
  • Reading 
  • Writing
  • Speaking

About Alliance Francaise

The Alliance Francaise de Nairobi offers French language courses to thousands of students annually.  

Alliance Francaise offers a steady progression allowing our students to meet both their personal and professional objectives.  

The Alliance Française is the only accredited institution in Kenya for international and professional French language certification. It is also the only officially ... read more