DEFL – DALF : What do a lot of students need to be better prepared?

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Luc RAMISAnglais
11 janvier 2019
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I help students to pass mainly the DELF B2 or the DALF C1 and if with practice they improve their writing skills, manage to differentiate between opinion, argument and example, succeed in writing and understand the purpose of finding a problématique for a text, they often waste a lot of energy trying to grasp the meaning of some press articles in the textbooks I use to prepare them. Here, I don’t talk about the meaning of the words, because sometimes they can understand almost all the words of a given text, but do not grasp why French people act or think as it is described.
The point is: how to have a better understanding of the texts and, at the same time, be better prepared for the conversation with the examiner.
Before deciding to prepare yourself for this kind of examination, it seems to me that you should read, listen, watch everything you can about France and French. First, do it in your mother language, then in French. I won’t make a list of newspapers or radio programs because you can find these things on the web to get information in French about France, but I will give you one tip: you should read articles from www.theconversation.com in French. Why? Because scientists or university professors write the articles, not only journalists. It’s an essential component.

I hear your next question: we already do that! How do we do it more efficiently?
Find the list of topics included in your examination (DELF B2: https://communfrancais.com/2017/01/13/les-themes-du-delf-b2/). When you have this list, look for press and science articles, podcasts, TV programs or whatever about the method that French institutions use to solve problems. It’s always a matter of solving problems. How do they manage it? Why do they fail? Where do they find inspiration or models for improving French society? Conduct your own investigation. 

Sometimes, you can find a key article which allows you to understand the origin of a problem and the limit of the solution applied, like this one about the current crisis with Les gilets jaunes in The Conversation: Gilets jaunes : le bleu Macron rentre dans la zone rouge (https://theconversation.com/gilets-jaunes-le-bleu-macron-rentre-dans-la-zone-rouge-107153).

Anyway, don’t worry. If your level in French is good or very good, and with an experienced teacher to guide you, coach you and help you to save your time, you’ll be able to succeed. But the time you’ll spend preparing for this examination should give you the opportunity to develop your own method or discover something about a different way of thinking because, ultimately, unfortunately or fortunately, nobody thinks like the French!
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Bonjour ! I'm a native professional teacher of French. I have 15 years experience in different countries (France, Syria, Romania, Japan) with students of all ages, nationalities and needs. I can teach general language or specialized, pronunciation. I studied at Stendhal University in Grenoble where I graduated in French as a foreign language in 1998 after a one year long internship in Syria. Then I taught French a year in military academies in Romania during my military duty. After a one-year world cycling tour with a friend, I worked in Grenoble: Alliance francaise of Grenoble and Lyon, Business School (GEM), in companies (Hp, Becton Dickinson, Caterpillar), CUEF (language school of Stendhal university), for Associations to fight against illiteracy. Finally, I left for Kyushu in Japan where I have lived for three years. There I teach in a private school and at university. For me, taken as a whole, levels beginner, A1, A2, you have to get the basics and I am here to encourage you, with my supportive attitude, my patience, and interesting activities. Here, it’s very important to feel confident with the teacher to progress, so a peaceful and stimulating atmosphere is necessary. For intermediate level, B1 and B2, of course, you have to increase your skill and « arrange » everything you learned by yourself and with a teacher. Your communication (oral, written) will become much more nuanced and effective. My role here is to help you to use fully what you already know and how to adjust it with new knowledge to reach C1. For advance level C1 and C2, we study very fine understanding of authentic audio and text files (according to the student, we can study extracts of essay or novel). Creativity, analysis and the production of a lot of different kinds of documents must be mastered. Together, we also hunt the last « solidified » errors. With all levels, I like a lot to use photography (magazine, newspaper, advertisement, social media, etc.) and video (movies, TV news, from a textbook, etc.).
Flag
Français
globe
France
time
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Français
Langue maternelle
,
Anglais
B2
,
Japonais
B1
Bonjour ! I'm a native professional teacher of French. I have 15 years experience in different countries (France, Syria, Romania, Japan) with students of all ages, nationalities and needs. I can teach general language or specialized, pronunciation. I studied at Stendhal University in Grenoble where I graduated in French as a foreign language in 1998 after a one year long internship in Syria. Then I taught French a year in military academies in Romania during my military duty. After a one-year world cycling tour with a friend, I worked in Grenoble: Alliance francaise of Grenoble and Lyon, Business School (GEM), in companies (Hp, Becton Dickinson, Caterpillar), CUEF (language school of Stendhal university), for Associations to fight against illiteracy. Finally, I left for Kyushu in Japan where I have lived for three years. There I teach in a private school and at university. For me, taken as a whole, levels beginner, A1, A2, you have to get the basics and I am here to encourage you, with my supportive attitude, my patience, and interesting activities. Here, it’s very important to feel confident with the teacher to progress, so a peaceful and stimulating atmosphere is necessary. For intermediate level, B1 and B2, of course, you have to increase your skill and « arrange » everything you learned by yourself and with a teacher. Your communication (oral, written) will become much more nuanced and effective. My role here is to help you to use fully what you already know and how to adjust it with new knowledge to reach C1. For advance level C1 and C2, we study very fine understanding of authentic audio and text files (according to the student, we can study extracts of essay or novel). Creativity, analysis and the production of a lot of different kinds of documents must be mastered. Together, we also hunt the last « solidified » errors. With all levels, I like a lot to use photography (magazine, newspaper, advertisement, social media, etc.) and video (movies, TV news, from a textbook, etc.).

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