Bonjour mes amis! Learning another language is the start of a wonderful journey that not only means you'll be able to speak in French-speaking countries or watch great movies at the French Film Festival without needing subtitles. Throwing yourself into French lessons in the Waikato is more than just learning a language; it means developing a greater understanding of another culture – and believe it or not, this helps develop a greater understanding of yourself too.

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Why study French?

You will probably see statistics about how there are 29 countries with French as the official language. What you may not realise is that 88 countries are members of "Organisation internationale de la Francophonie", which means that there are 88 countries supporting francophones and promoting the continuation of French culture in all its aspects.

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Where Your French Lessons Can Take You

These 88 member states of OIF, including full members through to observers and associates, all have strong ties to France and French culture, meaning they are a perfect destination. Not only are you able to fully immerse yourself in the French language, but there are also education and employment opportunities that starting French lessons for beginners' classes can lead to. Having a goal for language learning makes it easier to stay motivated and focused. Pick a country you want to visit and what you could do while you're there as a potentially highly motiving goal for you to master learning French in the Waikato.

AlbanieCorŽe du SudKosovoQatar
AndorreCosta RicaLaosRŽpublique centrafricaine
ArgentineC™te dÕIvoireLettonieRoumanie
ArmŽnieCroatieLibanRwanda
AutricheDjiboutiLituanieSainte-Lucie
BelgiqueDominicaine (RŽpublique)LouisianeSao TomŽ-et-Principe
BŽninDominiqueLuxembourgSŽnŽgal
Bosnie-HerzŽgovineƒgypteMacŽdoine du NordSerbie
Bulgarieƒmirats arabes unisMadagascarSeychelles
Burkina FasoEstonieMaliSlovaquie
BurundiFranceMalteSlovŽnie
Cabo VerdeGabonMarocSuisse
CambodgeGambieMauriceTchad
CamerounGŽorgieMauritanieTchque (RŽpublique)
CanadaGhanaMexiqueTha•lande
Canada/Nouveau-BrunswickGrceMoldavieTogo
Canada/QuŽbecGuinŽeMonacoTunisie
Canada-OntarioGuinŽe ŽquatorialeMontŽnŽgroUkraine
ChypreGuinŽe-BissauMozambiqueUruguay
ComoresHa•tiNigerVanuatu
CongoHongrieNouvelle-CalŽdonie (France)Vietnam
Congo (RD)IrlandePologneWallonie-Bruxelles (FŽdŽration)
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French classes at Wintech (Waikato Institute of Technology)

With a range of different classes, each with no more than 15 students, Wintech is a great option if you are looking for set classes with a formal language learning plan. The French teachers hired at Wintec are not only excellent communicators in French but also have extensive knowledge and understanding of the French culture in different parts of the world and an ability to pass all of this information on to students.

When you're taking a French class in the Waikato, Wintech offers five different class levels. The Beginners Class is for people who have never spoken French before, or whose level of French-speaking means you can say hello (Bon jour), thank you (merci), or maybe I want (Je veux). This is works through the CEFR "A1" elementary level.

There is also a "Beginners Class Plus", which also works at the CEFR A1 level but is designed for people who have some basic French Grammar. Classes go up to a CEFR B1 level for people who are confident in their French but need to go beyond the present and past tenses and develop fluency. Beyond this, there are French conversation classes and a fortnightly French afternoon tea chat group which can be a great way to improve your speaking abilities faster.

 

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The Waikato Institute of Education (WIE) Beginner French Classes

The Waikato Institute of Education was founded in 2003 and offers language courses for adults and children. As they are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and is registered for Studylink, students studying French with WEI can usually access student allowances and loans if they would normally be eligible.

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French Teachers At Waikato University For All Subjects

When people think of learning French, it's often with the view of being able to engage with a waiter in a Paris restaurant. While you might start French lessons for beginners with this idea, you will quickly realise that there are so many more benefits to studying French. One way to really experience this is to look at the range of papers that are available through Waikato University.

Of course, there are French-language papers, but learning French at the university level can take you on an unprecedented French journey of academics. Because of the importance that France has played in European history, world history and the development of the English language, developing a strong understanding can provide improved awareness of ourselves.

However, taking these French classes in the Waikato can be the stepping stone to entering the world of diplomacy or excelling in the world of commerce. Or, as the uni points out, having French in your degree can open doors for careers in international marketing, hotel management, or science fields. For example, CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire", aka the European Council for Nuclear Research) is located on the border of France and Switzerland.

Courses are more than learning French

A few of the papers you could study that aren't directly related to learning the French language include:

  • French Culture from Versailles to the Revolution
  • The French-speaking World from Astérix to Zombies
  • European and Latin American Cultures
  • A Topic in French Literature: Amelie Nothomb

Should You Learn French Online Or in French Class?

With so many apps like DuoLingo or Memrise, as well as online courses like Mango, these are often the first step for people wanting to learn a language. In fact, many of these are available through the library computers, including Dinsdale and Hillcrest. Unfortunately, learning French online often means that people lose interest as soon as they start. Or, if you're using a French app that uses gamification to motivate learners, you'll find that this can work for a little while. But the first time you join in a French event and discover you aren't able to understand most of what is said, and can't actually utter a coherent sentence yourself, it is pretty disheartening.

For this reason, while the apps provide great French lessons for beginners wanting to really solidify their vocabulary, they are not the best option for learning French as a standalone.

Working with a French teacher like the tutors from Superprof provides the perfect way to get an in-depth, practical understanding of French in the shortest amount of time. A good French tutor is worth their weight in gold. While most will have a specific workbook they like to work with or will provide you with worksheets, they will also have an opinion on working with online courses or French language apps.

Choosing a French Teacher

You may think that someone who is a native French speaker is all you need. But you need someone who is experienced at teaching, and specifically teaching languages. There is a way that foreign language teachers work that help people learn the language. French teachers on Superprof know which order to teach students.

Most New Zealanders will have some experience of learning to count in te reo Māori and learn a few colours. However, while those initial lessons in primary school may have been useful to build an awareness that the language existed, the reality is that this basic level doesn't help anyone learn the language or inspire further exploration into the language.

This is why it is important to work with French teachers who are experienced and able to introduce the topics that will be useful to you. If you are looking to take a beginner French lesson with a Superprof tutor so that you can take a holiday to New Caledonia, then you may want to focus on "where is", "could I please have", "how much is that", and general greetings. While if you are attending a scientific conference in France, you might want to find a Superprof tutor that is knowledgeable in scientific language so they can help you work on understanding the more specific terms you will encounter.

Speaking French Like A Native

If you want to practice sounding like a native French speaker using a few idioms (slang phrases) can achieve that – particularly if you've found a great teacher in throughout the Waikato, who'll help you with the pronunciation. Once you've got the hang of these, you can pepper them into the middle of your English conversation to show off your impressive French skills.

If you've got kids, you might like to use "À la fin", which means "enough!" and is a phrase used when you are at the end of your rope (see how idioms work in English?). Instead of the kiwi "wop-wops" to mean out in the middle of nowhere, maybe try using the French "au diable vauvert". There is also "Autant",which although this means "so much", is used instead as 'my bad', or colloquial version of my mistake.

Enjoy Learning French

Learning French is about so much more than introducing yourself. Being able to immerse yourself in French culture, learn how croissants and coffee go together for breakfast, discover the French enjoyment of walking everywhere. Learning the French language, like with any language, is more than simply being able to understand the text on a page. To truly understand the language, you need to understand the culture, and the best way to do that in the Waikato is to find a great teacher to help you fall in love with French.

 

 

 

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