Intermediate French Courses in Auckland & Wellington (B1)

Learn French in Auckland and Wellington with our fun 8 week immersion French language classes for Intermediate learners (B1) taught by expert native French teachers from France and start speaking French today! In these French B1 Intermediate French language courses you will learn to talk about people, make suggestions, negotiate and bargain, careers, goals, tastes, talk about travels and tell stories... Furthermore every lesson will include something about French Culture and People.

Our French Language Course Program follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and ranges from Level A1 to C2.

  • The French B1 level is broken down into B1.1 - B1.5 according to the CEFR.
  • Intermediate French B1 = Ncea Level 3 French and the following University 200 level courses (University of Auckland French 204 and Victoria University Fren 201)

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  • To enrol in the Intermediate French B1 you must have completed Improvers French A2, Ncea Level 2 French, University of Auckland French 102 or Victoria University Fren102.

French Course objectives for B1 are :

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Listening Skills:

  • You can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

Reading Skills:

  • You can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job- related language.
  • You can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

Speaking Skills:

  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
  • You can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions.
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • You can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.

Writing Skills:

  • You can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. I can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.

Course Textbook:

  • Alter Ego + 3, Methode de Francais, 2013 [With CD] By Annie Berthet et all. ISBN 201155814X. Readily available at online bookstores and downloadable pdfs


  • Each evening course is made of 8 x 1 1/2 hour weekly classes running for over 2 months at the same time and day of the week as its listed course start date. There are no classes on Public holidays.

Benefits of taking your French courses with the French Institute:

  • You will learn French with qualified and experienced professional French teachers from France
  • Progress in a friendly French immersion environment
  • Benefit from a small class sizes which maximises your student and teacher interactions
  • Follow a structured curriculum following the Common European Framework of Reference A1-C2 (CEFR -
  • Work toward internationally recognised exams (DALF/DELF)
  • Use the recommended Alter Ego + Series of textbooks used in Universities and schools worldwide such as the University of Auckland, Monash University, University of Singapore, University of Lucknow, University of Texas, University of Sydney, Oxford University, Alliance Fraincais and many more...
  • Back up your learning with resources from our media-library

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French School Locations:

  • Auckland Central - Level 10, Acrossia House, 155 Queen St, Auckland
  • North shore - Northcote Memorial Hall, 2 Rodney St, Northcote
  • Wellington - Aro Valley Community Hall, 48 Aro St, Wellington


  • $150, includes 8 weeks of classes, an expert teacher from France and small class sizes, all for less than $19 a class. There are no hidden membership fees or contracts.

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French courses for Intermediates B1

B1.1: Unit 1 & 2 - Alter Ego + 3

Communication objectives:

  • Talk about people and their behavior
  • Describe an object or service
  • Make praises, suggestions and criticisms
  • Talk about shopping habits
  • Learn to negotiate, bargain
  • Make a complaint


  • Relative pronouns (simple or demonstrative)
  • Subjunctive tense – Le subjonctif
  • Past infinitive form
  • Subjunctive or infinitive form following verbs related to feelings
  • Different types of comparison
  • Compound relative pronouns: dont, lequel, où

B1.2: Unit 3 & 4 - Alter Ego + 3

Communication objectives:

  • Recount your professional career path in a job interview
  • Enrol in a university course
  • Make concessions and oppose
  • Understand the press and headlines
  • Write a narrative article


  • L'imparfait and le passé composé - revision
  • Le plus-que-parfait- revision
  • Past participle agreements
  • La phrase nominale
  • The passive form
  • Tools to talk about an uncertain event

B1.3: Unit 5 & 6 - Alter Ego + 3

Communication objectives:

  • Promote actions of solidarity and ways to act
  • Defend, engage, oppose, encourage
  • Express one's goals and intentions
  • Express a duration
  • Discover French artists and their works
  • Talk about your taste in culture
  • Take part in a debate: address or answer, interrupt someone's speech


  • The present participle and gerundive form: en faisant, en arrivant, etc.
  • Different ways to express a goal
  • Different ways to indicate a duration
  • Adverbs with the –ment ending
  • Relative clauses with the subjunctive

B1.4: Unit 7 & 8 - Alter Ego + 3

Communication objectives:

  • Talk about ecology
  • Debate energy choices and bans
  • Talk about the future and make hypotheses
  • Talk about justice and the law
  • Write a formal letter of complaint
  • Express doubts and certainties


  • Future in the past tense – le futur antérieur
  • Conditional tense (past and present)
  • Ways to voice an hypothesis
  • Y and en pronouns (revision)
  • Ways to express doubts and certainties
  • Double and neutral pronouns

b1.5: Unit 9 - Alter Ego + 3

Communication objectives:

  • Talk about your travels
  • Solve a problem on the phone
  • Give warnings and make recommendations
  • Narrate in the past


  • Different varieties of negative clauses
  • Introduction to le passé simple

  • Price $150.00
  • French
  • 8 lessons
  • Course Certificate
  • Around 10 Students
  • Course Start Dates :

French for Intermediates Course 2021 Start Dates (B1)

Auckland Central - Level 10, 155 Queen St, Auckland

Wed 26 May 7.30-9.00pm


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Qualifications:Aix-Marseille University (France) | LEA (Applied languages) | 2017. University of Limerick | Business with languages | 2015

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French Institute is an immersion French Language School in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington. Learn French in our small interactive immersion classes with expert and passionate native speaker French teachers fromFfrance. We offer a wide range of French lessons for beginner (A1) to advanced (C2) levels following the industry standard Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and preparing you for French language exams (DELF) and travel to France while using the latest teaching methodologies.
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Level 10, 155 Queen St (Acrossia House)
Auckland 1010

Phone: 021-461-551

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