Kick-start Intensive Program

Monday - Thursday, March 18-21, 2024 

Get a head start on the next level, have an in-depth review and practice! The Kick-start French Program is a 4-day intensive brush-up class (2.5 hours per day with two short breaks) offered for A1, A2 and B1 level students. Each class will focus on grammar, vocabulary and conversation skills.  Scroll down for schedule and registration. Note that this program is not a repeat of previous seasons. 

The 4-day program price is $230. Early registration price is $198 until February 29.  Use code Kickstart at checkout.

Beginning students (A1)

Kick start your French into action! In this intensive four-day workshop, students will develop essential conversational and communicative skills for surviving in a Francophone environment. This course is designed for beginners who wish to solidify their understanding of the language, including basic grammar and vocabulary. Students should have the ability to understand and express themselves at a rudimentary level. 

In this class, you will review/learn to: introduce yourself and talk about your preferences; discuss your interests; ask questions; talk about the weather, express frequency, and duration; discuss travels, countries, and nationalities.
Grammar Covered: être / avoir / aller à / venir de; présent de l'indicatif; passé composé; direct objects (COD)

Prerequisites: 103 or equivalent.

Lower Intermediate students (A2)

Give your French a much needed boost! In this intensive four-day workshop, students will expand their linguistic repertoire and develop their ability to express themselves with more ease on a variety of familiar topics. This course is designed for learners at A2 level wishing to review and to bring their language skills to the next level.

You will cover topics related to housing and renovations, job interviews, life changes, and storytelling based on news. The grammar review will include the passé composé and the present to evoke change; impératif, devoir + infinitif - Si + présent ou impératif; inverted questions - with reflexive verbs in the past tense; the passive form - past participle agreement with the COD.

Prerequisites: 205 or equivalent.

Intermediate students (B1)

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the French language in our intensive review class, spanning four days with 2.5-hour sessions each day. Our experienced instructors will guide you through a comprehensive curriculum covering grammar, vocabulary, and conversation skills, all within small class sizes to ensure personalized attention. You'll participate in interactive learning, gain cultural insights, and develop practical language skills. This review class for B1 French level will effectively prepare you for the challenges ahead in your learning journey.

Prerequisites: 305 or equivalent.

Day 1: Understanding an incentive to act. Making proposals to raise awareness of ecology. Grammar: Opinion, certainty, doubt, will, observation, indicative or subjunctive. Phonetics: Pronunciation of the subjunctive - distinction of verbal forms.

Day 2: Talking about your consumption and buying habits. Vocabulary of consumption. Making comparisons. Grammar: Comparisons and degrees of comparison.

Day 3: Promoting an action of solidarity. Encouragement, mutual aid, and solidarity. Grammar: Present participle - gerund.

Day 4: Understanding written testimonies of travelers. Understanding travel anecdotes orally. Travel vocabulary. Writing a short travel story. Grammar: Indefinites - the negative phrase.

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Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office. After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.


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