BEYOND BEGINNER FRENCH
Have you ever felt like you would never move past the frustrating Beginner phase in French?
As a French learner for long enough now, you’ve probably bought enough French language ‘stuff’ along your journey (books, CDs even tapes back then, apps, courses…) to be able to recognise quite a bit of French - at least in written form.
Yet you struggle to put it all together when you need it most.
The dream is:
You're chatting away in French with local people and French friends. But you're not just pretending - you're actually understanding, responding, even making jokes in French.
The reality is:
It’s already your 5th day in a row saying ‘I’ll do a bit of French study today’ but – to be honest – if and when you actually sit down to do some, you’re not exactly sure where you should begin seeing progress.
I get it, I really do…
You might not realise this yet but: “What you focus on, expands”.
If you think of the different skills in French, we have: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Think of them as muscles just for a minute.
The more you work on a specific muscle group, the stronger it gets.
In other words:
The more you read, the stronger your reading get.
As learners, this is the easiest thing we can do and have access to. It’s only natural we fill our study time with more reading and grammar exercises.
This is sadly to the detriment of our ultimate goal which is - for most learners I know anyway – to converse in French with a certain ease and flow - a certain 'je ne sais quoi', if you will!
We want to be understood...
YET we don’t often spend the adequate time fine-tuning things like our pronunciation or building our sentence building ‘muscle’.
Another thing just as important:
We want to be capable of keeping up with a conversation and understand what the other is saying...
YET we don’t often actively find ways to improve our listening skills aka strengthening the listening muscle.
Just around the corner...
The confidence. The speed. The ease.
You’ll be brimming with pride once you break free from - what I call - “Beginner-Land”.
That’s why I developed a 3-month program where we will get you:
BEYOND BEGINNER FRENCH
In this 12-week online program, I will teach you exactly:
~ How to assemble sentences with ease without taking an eternity.
~ How to speak with more confidence without ever wondering again if you will be understood.
~ How to make French a habit in your busy schedule without having to wake at 4am every day or adding more guilt and ‘shoulds’ to your life.
~ Learn how to improve your pronunciation without having to move to France or spend weeks memorising the phonetic alphabet
even if you have a strong accent to begin with.
~ Learn how to use the French you already have without starting to learn the basics again from scratch even if you’re worried your French is very rusty.
~ Discover how to retain new French even if you can’t remember what you had for dinner last night.
Each month, there will be a different focus and topic:
My world / Mon monde
(famille, travail, loisirs, chez moi...)
Travel / Voyages
(logement, transport, visites)
Meals and Dinner chats / Repas et Conversations
(commenter, apprecier et discuter)
Every 4 weeks, we'll rotate between:
1. Vocabulary focus
2. Grammar and Sentence Making focus
3. Learning mindset focus + Smart Learning Hacks + Putting it all together
4. Practice time + Questions and Answers. This will be live and recorded sessions.
To ensure you progress in the most supportive environment:
Access to me via our dedicated member-only private Facebook group
All your questions answered in our Grammar and Resource Vault
Practice regularly with other learners
Access to Pronunciation course 'How to sound like a native speaker'
Every week, invitations to online group conversation opportunities to practice
Private Members group for accountability and clarity (4 months in total)
This is EXACTLY the piece of the puzzle that you’ve been missing to feel amazingly proud and step right out of ‘Beginner Land”.
If you want to finally stop saying “Désolée. Je ne parle pas français”
If you’re ready to wave
Au revoir to Beginner Land
Then: Come join us on the inside!
Contact Devy for any question & Let's get you over the learning hump and past the Beginner basics!
WHAT LEVEL DO I NEED TO BE FOR THIS PROGRAM?
If you have been learning French for a few months (or even years) and know the basics already but can’t hold a simple conversation without freezing and forgetting every single French word you know… then this is the right level program for you.
Perhaps you’ve never attempted to speak with anyone - except yourself in the car and want to change that.
Perhaps you’ve once upon a time managed to order in French but you doubt yourself when it comes to a engaging in a two-way dialogue as your mind goes blank when someone speaks back.
If you’re a new learner e.g still learning to count past 10, greet someone and learn when to use ‘avoir’ or ‘être’ verbs in present then I recommend our introductory course.
WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM START AND FINISH?
We close the doors on Friday 24th February 2023 and the first of the twelve weeks begins Monday 27th February 2023.
This will allow me to get to know each participant a bit more so I can make recommendations to get the best out of this program based on what you already know and focus on the French that will truly take your French to the next level.
I’ll also be able to finalise the live call schedule to accommodate all the time zones once I know in which part of the world you live 😊
As I’m based in Australia, we can do calls to suit participants who live in Europe, US and Australia times.
WHEN THE PROGRAM ENDS, CAN I STILL SEE THE LESSONS?
Yes we have made all the lessons downloadable so you can save to your own computer and keep forever.
Once you join the program, you’ll have 6 months to access it all so there’s no rush at all.
WHAT IF I AM NOT GOOD AT TECH?
You will need:
• Access to your emails: Every Monday I’ll send you instructions on the exciting week ahead and explain what to do + any important dates for your calendar.
• One password: To deliver the Beyond Beginner French program, we will give you one website ‘Thinkific’ where the 12-weeks of training are organised week-by-week. You will login with your normal email address and create a password (which you can reset easily if you forget).
• A Facebook account: This is optional but I’m sure you’ll enjoy the added benefits of joining the other learners and have an extra place to practice your French
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE PROGRAM?’
I only want happy learners so I offer a 100% refund guarantee if you don’t love the program after 2 weeks.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO DEDICATE EACH DAY/WEEK?
Mondays you will get the email with that week’s instructions. This part can be broken down into pieces throughout the week.
Mid-week (day/time depending on your time zone) twice a month you will have wither a pronunciation training or Q&A time.
End of the week (day/time depending on your time zone) you will have your 45 mins practice session.
Each week is a little bit different as we rotate between learning-reviewing-practicing.
I recommend you embark on this program for 12 weeks to transform your French and be ready to dedicate at least 1-2% of your life to your French. That’s 15-30 mins per day. Even if you commit to do this most days – not 100% of the time – you will see tremendous results in your French within the first month!
Also the Monthly Q&As with me will be recorded and you can ask your questions ahead of the session too.
I LIVE IN … SO HOW WILL I JOIN THE LIVE CALLS?
I’m based in Australia and my family lives in France so I’m a pro at adjusting call times for different time zones.
In previous rounds, we had calls to suit participants who lived in Europe, US and Australia times. If you live outside those areas, I will add some times to suit you too.
This isn’t a traditional online course where you join and I disappear.
I’ll be here every step of the 12 weeks to help you, support you and cheer you on to move your conversational French to the next level.
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHERE CAN I CONTACT YOU?
The best email address to contact me to discuss is [email protected] and if it’s something we need to chat through, we can organise a phone call if you specify your city/country and your number.
- Passionate teacher with 25+ years teaching experience.
- Obsessed with finding fun and brain-friendly ways to teach French to adults.
- Born in Paris and now Lives in Australia.
- Native French/ Bilingual English with Teaching qualifications.
- Founder and Head Teacher of French Language school www.FrenchSpeak.com.au