Start your child in a new language or boost their scholastic performance in French with FIAF’s Cadets!
Small classes with strict safety guidelines are offered in person at FIAF to meet the needs of parents and children.
Our multidisciplinary approach encourages interactions in French with role playing everyday tasks to awaken young teens’ interest and imaginations. FIAF’s Cadets focus on developing oral communication, including both listening comprehension and speaking skills. Teens will additionally build a solid foundation in reading and writing in French at a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level while learning strategies to become a more independent foreign language learner. The Cadets curriculum integrates preparation for the DELF JUNIOR exams.
Our curriculum consists of sixteen consecutive tiers from Beginner to Advanced level: 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 301, 302, 303, 304, 401, 402, 403, 404.
- Complete beginner in French ? Start with Cadets 101!
- Already a Native French Speaker but new to FIAF ? Try Cadets Native Speakers Level 1 level!
- If you are not a beginner but you are new to FIAF, please submit a placement test to know which level to enroll in : fiaf.org/frenchclasses/placementtest
Cadets Beginner: 101–104
Upon completion of levels 101 to 104, students will know salutations and introductions, how to describe a person and members of their families, and talk about their city/neighborhood. They will be proficient in discussing their immediate environment, having a conversation about sports, and making vacation plans. Children will learn how to have a conversation on the phone, In grammar, teens will learn the verbs “être” (to be), “avoir” (to have), “aller” (to go) and “faire” (to do) and all verbs ending in “er”. Negative sentences and simple question structures will be studied, as well as reflexive verbs (se lever, s’habiller…). The imperative form will also be covered.
Cadets Advanced Beginner: 201–204
Upon completion of levels 201 to 204, children will know how to express their needs and feelings, talk about food, describe their schedule and the personality traits of a person. They will be able to present an overview of their home, make a purchase, and talk about their eating habits. In grammar, they will study irregular verbs and their usage. They will also learn how to use the “passé compose” and “imparfait” tenses, as well as the future tenses.
Cadets Intermediate: 301–304
Upon completion of levels 301 to 304, young teens will have learnt how to express their opinions in numerous contexts such music, movies, food and sports. They will also express more complex feelings, describe personal goals and desires. In grammar, the program will cover the “imparfait”, “passé composé” (past tenses) and “conditionel” tenses along with the imperative form and their usage. They will also learn idiomatic expressions, as well as refine their pronunciation, in order to be able to communicate and express more complex ideas and thoughts.
Cadets Expert: 401–404
Upon completion of levels 401 to 404, teens will have learnt how to organize their thoughts, express their opinion, and give structure to their oral and written speech. The topics they will cover are generation conflict, migrations, as well as social life, the arts, and the planet. They will also express more complex feelings, describe personal thoughts, and work on their persuasive writing and critical thinking skills. In grammar, the program will cover the passive, “plus-que-parfait”, and “conditionel” tenses (both present and past) along working on all the tenses previously studied.
Cadets Native French Speakers - Level 1
At the Native French Speakers Level 1, teens will work to accomplish the first French intermediate primary class (CM1) goals. Over the course of the class, they will improve their ability to express themselves fluently while working on a central group project that encourages both spoken and written French skills. All students will be capable of constructing both negative and interrogative sentences correctly.
Cadets Native French Speakers - Level 2
At Native French Speakers Level 2, the focus is on the goals of the second French intermediate primary class (CM2). Teens will begin to voice their opinions in French and learn to debate. The curriculum encourages a command of abstract words and expressions (emotions, feelings, rights and duties) and an ability to articulate more complex and nuanced thoughts. Teens will also improve their grammar through a central group project to encourage their spoken and written French.
FIAF In-Person Class Guidelines (as of 9/7/2022): Masks are optional and proof of Covid-19 vaccination is no longer requried to attend a class or event at any FIAF location. Read more.