Étudier en France
French Intermediate course B1-B2
Ce cours de français de niveau intermédiaire B1/B2, conforme aux exigences du Cadre européen de Référence pour les Langues, s’inscrit dans le double dispositif “former avec le numérique”et “langue et interculturalité” mis en place par l’Université Paris Saclay.
Next cohort starts June 8. Accessible for free. Completion certificates are offered.
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132 points • LeVraiPetitRenard
Free Intermediate French Course (B1/B2) from École Polytechnique
64 points • garylaser-eyes
Coursera French Intermediate Course B1-B2. Nous commençons aujourd'hui!
25 points • Tetrachlorocuprate
This is a great course, very well taught. Was challenging but I learned a lot from it.
12 points • yolk_sac_placenta
Duolingo's strength is that its gamification makes you motivated to keep with it and finish what it offers. What it offers varies language by language and depends on what you put into it (for example, at least for French, Duolingo has a fair amount of basic grammar and usage--but you can easily skip this content and just do the exercises).
But you can't achieve fluency with just Duolingo. In part, this is because its "mental approach" is all based on translation (e.g. translate J'aime les chiens into English), so it never requires a user to get out of their native language and into the foreign one. It encourages you to continue to think in your native language and translate it to French. Compounding this is the fact that almost no conversational interaction is part of Duolingo--listening to native speakers talk normally, for example, or trying to produce much in the way of speech.
Duolingo is fun and productive, and a great start, but not comprehensive. And it does reinforce some bad habits. When I finished my Duolingo tree and the reverse tree, I added some private instruction and was ready for a course like this, so you can maybe take that as a benchmark of where you can go. After finishing that I switched to a self-created course where I do about a half-hour to an hour of French work each day, of different kinds. I would do two days of speaking with a language exchange partner (or instructor, but of course that means $$--you can find language exchange partners on iTalki or HelloTalk). One day of Duolingo or flash cards (to shore up weak points in vocabulary--numbers remain a sore point with me). One day of conjugation practice (I use Cactus 2000's conjugation game). One day of listening to a French podcast like News in Slow French or InnerFrench. And one day of watching a French TV show. This is in addition to "informal" stuff like trying to get my world news from /r/France.
I'm still not fluent, but I've definitely exceeded Duolingo. And a big part of why I'm not where I want to be yet is that I suspended studying French last year after visiting France and haven't returned it yet. So maybe this proves again that Duolingo's strength (motivation) is probably the most important factor--the best techniques for you will be the ones you can persist with.
24 points • bonjourdada
Anyone else tried the French Course in Coursera? What are your thoughts on it?
Just wanted to know if anyone has taken the course. It says that the course material is B1-B2, but upon looking at the syllabus, it covers A1-A2 stuff like passé composé, l'imparfait, le plus-que-parfait, prépositions, etc.
I am still at A2, quite familiar with the aforementioned past tenses, and probably a vocabulary of around 3000-4000+, and I have weekly french lessons at alliance francaise and with italki. I was wondering if I will be able to digest the material in this course.
10 points • chesscoach_R
This sounds like what you're looking for :) https://www.coursera.org/learn/etudier-en-france
8 points • TrivialSteps
Achei esse curso de francês no coursera é pra nível intermediário B1-B2
O meu francês é meio bagunçado, aí pra quem tá na mesma situação que eu :D https://www.coursera.org/learn/etudier-en-france/home/welcome
Se alguém animar começar junto, bora. O foco dele é meio em coisa acadêmica, mas acho que compensa aprender assim porque tem bastante conteúdo desse tipo disponível na internet. Eu vi umas aulas de matemática e umas coisas de física, de humanas deve ter mais ainda.
2 points • RamblingKitaabiKeera
1 points • Psynatural
French Supplementary Free Class For Those at B1/B2 Level / Past Checkpoint 5 on Duolingo
1 points • chesscoach_R
Salut mec, bien sûr ce sera un défi difficile, alors je vous souhaite bonne chance. Avez-vous fait quelque chose comme ça dans le passé? Sinon je pense que tu pourrais devenir (discouraged) quand vous apprenez le dificulte ! :D
(peut-etre utile quand vous etes pret - https://www.coursera.org/learn/etudier-en-france/home/welcome )
1 points • yolk_sac_placenta
How are you learning French? Are you self-studying? This is an online course specifically geared toward learning intermediate French in preparation for studying in France as a foreign student. I thought it was very good for an online course. It has language exercises and little touches of preparing for student life, such as getting a bank account and looking for housing, and French culture, such as watching extracts of films and understanding la laïcité.
1 points • mossyandgreen
For those interested, there happens to be another free french course on coursera now. It's for B1-B2 level. Haven't been following the lessons so I've no opinions/comments at the moment. link
5 points • inverseofblanche
Try edX or Coursera. They have courses from universities all around the world.
https://www.edx.org/course/?language=French (courses in all subjects which are French language)
https://www.coursera.org/learn/etudier-en-france (an intermediate level B1-B2 class for French students)
(For coursera, you have to pick a field first, then filter by language, but they have 57 courses in French in Social Sciences alone, and they have other subject areas for business, finance, arts, humanities, math, science, etc.)
Hope these help! They should all be free as long as you only choose to audit the courses and don't sign up for some kind of certificate.
1 points • yolk_sac_placenta
I did this as well, it's quite good: https://www.coursera.org/learn/etudier-en-france
I believe sessions are offered regularly. I found out about it from this sub.
1 points • Tetrachlorocuprate
1 points • augustabound
I think it must be this one. https://www.coursera.org/learn/etudier-en-france I was looking this up a while back and only found one course.
1 points • Tetrachlorocuprate
I recommend this if you're looking for a proper structured course. Its maybe a little advanced for AS level but you will learn a lot.
1 points • Usernameistaken96
Advanced French (B2 to C1) online courses/MOOCs?
Does anyone know of any online courses / MOOCs similar to this one, but for a more advanced level of French (preferably a course that takes me from my current level B2 to C1)?
1 points • WhiteFrankBlack
I had a good experience with the French course currently offered on Coursera
If you, like me, are past the Duolingo/Memrise etc. phase, but feel as though you've plateaued just shy of B2 level, this is a good course to take. No matter what method you've used so far, it's probably glossed over so much grammar you aren't sure what you've missed. This course covers it all just to make sure you're up to speed.
I work best with deadlines, so the format worked well for me. The multimedia aspect is essential to complete learning I think. And the purposefully difficult quizzes give you something to work up to. There's even a peer review aspect where you can get feedback. And it's all completely free.