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