What is your child's level?
► If your child has never studied French before:
- If he/she is 3 to 6 years old you can register him/her in any Les Petits class.
- If he/she is 7 to 11 years old you can register him/her in Les Grands A1.1.1 class.
- If he/she is 12 to 17 years old you can register him/her in Les Ados A1.1 class.
► If your child has prior knowledge of French, it is required him/her to take a placement test before enrolling in a class at Alliance Française de Brisbane. Please call us and we will do that over the phone or take an appointment to do that on site.
In helping us define which level is most appropriate for your child, you will make the best of his/her learning experience with us.The test can also help you define your child's level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages if you wish to decide which DELF diploma he/she should take.
To take our more thorough placement tests in line with the Common European Framework of Languages, click here (students between 12 and 17 years old).
What is the CEFRL?
Created by the Council of Europe, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages has become the international reference for learning and teaching European languages, as well as for assessment in language acquisition. The CEFRL sets clear standards to be attained at successive stages of learning (6 for adults and 4 for children aged 8 to 17 years old) and for evaluating outcomes in an internationally comparable manner.
The CEFRL divides young learners into four broad divisions which can be divided into four levels:
|A Basic user
|| B Independent user
|A1 Breakthrough or beginner
||B1 Threshold or intermediate
|A2 Waystage or elementary
||B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
*For young children levels can be subdivided into lower levels such as A1.1.
Each level in the CEFRL describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. The CEFRL privileges can do descriptors of language acquisition (see Progressions below).
Alliance Française Level Progression
We offer French courses from complete Beginner to Elementary levels for the 7 to 11 year old children (250 hours for the full curriculum) or to Intermediate levels for teens (300 hours for the full curriculum). Our level progression and teaching philosophy are in line with the recommendations and guidelines of the CEFRL.
Les Grands PROGRESSION and
► Les Ados PROGRESSION
The Level progression and language acquisition of each student is validated by a certificate, issued by the Alliance Française de Brisbane, at completion of each broad level of the CEFRL.
Students are also encouraged to take the DELF Prim or DELF Junior tests. These diplomas can be taken once or twice a year at Alliance which is an official examination centre. These diploma are internationally recognised. They are designed and accredited by the French Department of Education.