There are 6 two-month levels in the language program going from a A1-C1 (Beginner to Advanced). There are 3 morning classes dedicated to grammar, reading, writing, listening, pronunciation, and intonation. There is one class in the afternoon focused on speaking and conversation, oral fluency.
Integrated Study - Grammar
- This class will continue using the same textbook as the first class but will be focused on grammar. However, again the context of the class would be integrated. Therefore, grammar skills will be developed through readings and listening to produce grammatically correct writing and speech.
- This class focuses on all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening in an integrated manner.
- The focus of this class is two-folds. First is to teach the individual skills so that students develop fluency in the skill. The second goal is to help students develop confidence to use the skills in combination of with others such as a real world situation dictate.
Listening and Speaking
- UMC’s FSL program’s main goal is to help students in the end to speak French. Therefore, this class is first of 2 classes dedicated to speaking. This class is focused on oral accuracy using the context that only if you can hear it, can you say it. Also this class will work on pronunciation and intonation.
- This is UMC’s second speaking class and is focused on oral fluency. While the first class is more analytical, this class will emphasize amount. The ability to link words and sentences to create extended speech and the quantity of spoken language will be the main goal of this class.
Advantages of Language Program
1. Integrated Study
a) Different class structure to core FSL classes, which provide variety.
b) Several classes with same teacher for beginner students to feel comfortable
c) Opportunity for advanced students to practice learnt skills.
2. Oral Accuracy
a) Focused lesson on the fundamental aspects of oral communication such as pronunciation.
b) Plenty of teacher feedback and voice recording.
c) Activity, practice and task-based lessons to ensure exciting and active learning.
3. Reading and Writing
a) New concepts are presented in each level.
b) Focus on practical application and usage rather than only theory.
c) Importance on comprehension and understanding rather than the right answer.
4. Oral Fluency
a) Structured classes that are objective-centred with tangible goals.
b) Clear levels which give students a sense of progression.
c) Connection to Effective communication classes to develop fluency alongside accuracy.