Commonly Asked Questions
Below, you can see answers to some of the most common questions that I receive. I have split them into appropriate question categories to make it easier for you to find the answer you are looking for.
The Complete French Course
How often are the live lessons?
Alexa brings out a new live lesson every couple of weeks. Each of these lessons covers an important aspect of learning French and doubles as a great opportunity for you to communicate with Alexa and the wider Learn French with Alexa community.
The live lessons every second Tuesday, at 10:30, 12:30 or 13:30 GMT, although we occasionally take short breaks in the Summer and around Christmas.
What is the difference between YouTube and the Complete French Course?
The 'Learn French With Alexa' YouTube channel is a free resource providing French education in relaxed, easy-to-follow videos on a range of topics.
With the YouTube paid membership you will get access to support guides to some of our popular YouTube playlists, access to our regular live lessons and more, depending on the membership level. Visit our YouTube page to find out more. (Learn French With Alexa - YouTube)
The 'Complete French Course' is for people who wish to take their French to the next level and really want to focus on achieving fluency. The course is carefully structured from A1 (beginner) level to C2 (proficiency) level, following the internationally recognised "CEFR" guidelines.
Will The Complete French Course help me pass the DELF/DALF exam?
The LFWA course is not specifically designed for DELF/DALF exam preparation, however the course covers all the grammatical points which are required in the exam from A1 (beginner) level up to C2 (proficiency) level. So although the course is not explicitly designed to prepare for you for the exam, it can certainly supplement and help your DELF/TFE preparation. Why not take a look at the course outline to see exactly what is covered in each lesson.
Is it possible to change my subscription plan, for example from the three month plan to the annual plan?
Yes, you can change your plan at any time. Please contact us at [email protected] and we will do the switch for you.
Can I pay via PayPal?
Yes, you can! Please contact us at [email protected] with the subscription plan that you wish to purchase and we will then send you a PayPal subscription invoice. Once the subscription has started, we can manually create your account and provide you with the relevant login details.
How long will it take to be fluent in French?
It's not easy to answer this question since there are so many factors that can influence the amount of time required to learn a language, such as the attitude and motivation of the learner, the time dedicated to studying, the learner’s attentiveness to the language, etc. Research indicates that it takes around 480 hours to reach basic fluency in French.
Find out more from my blog.
The TEF Exam Preparation Course
How long will I be able to access the TEF course?
Unlike the Complete French Course, the TEF course is not a subscription. Once you’ve bought the course, you will be given lifetime access, so you won’t ever need to worry about renewing it.
However, if you’ve purchased the TEF & 'The Complete French Course' Bundle, you will be given 1 year's access to the Complete French Course.
Will your course help me to achieve a high score in the TEF exam?
Alexa and our team of TEF experts have created this highly effective TEF preparation course. We've collated all of our specific test knowledge to create invaluable lessons and quizzes and to bring you the best techniques, strategies and tips to guide you through the TEF exam step by step. You will be given structured methodical practice to have everything you need to get top marks in one of the toughest French exams out there.
How good does my French need to be for me to find the TEF course helpful?
We recommend being at least B1 (intermediate) level before embarking on our TEF course. The TEF is a difficult exam, and our tests and lessons are designed to accustom you to the kinds of questions and exercises the exam will ask of you.
What is the difference between TEF and TCF exam?
The TEF and TCF exams are similar to one another: both TEF and TCF Canada are international assessment tests to assess your French language proficiency, and both are IRCC approved language test.
The main differences between TEF and TCF include:
- the format of the tests
- the time limit
- the number of questions
TEF Canada consists of the following tests:
- Oral Comprehension Duration: 40 minutes About the task: the task consists of 60 questions
- Reading Comprehension Duration: 60 minutes About the task: the task consists of 50 questions
- Oral Expression Duration: 15 minutes About the task: the task consists of 2 subjects to discuss
- Written Expression Duration: 60 minutes About the task: the task consists of 2 subjects to write about
TCF Canada consists of the following tests:
- Oral Comprehension Duration: 35 minutes About the task: the task consists of 39 items
- Reading Comprehension Duration: 60 minutes About the task: the task consists of 39 items
- Oral Expression Duration: 12 minutes About the task: the task consists of 3 tasks to discuss (Task 2 & 3 are the same as TEF, task 1 is a 2 min introduction of yourself)
- Written Expression Duration: 60 minutes About the task: the task consists of 3 tasks to write about
Will your course help me to pass the TCF exam?
Our course is specifically designed for the TEF exam, however since the exams are very similar the preparation won't vary much, if you decide to go for our TEF Preparation Course just remember to check mock tests for the TCF before you sit the exam.
How soon can I be ready to take the exam?
A pupil with no French background should expect to dedicate a minimum of 9-12 months of focused studying in order to get through all of our Complete French Course material, in addition to the exam preparation material in order to ensure a good score on the TEF exam.
A proficient (B2+) French speaker should expect to dedicate 4-6 months of focused studying in order to get through all our preparation material and ensure a good score on the TEF exam.
Can you recommend Radio, Tv shows, films, books, etc. to help improve my French?
There are many ways to improve your French, and listening to French radio or watching French films can really hep. I would recommend watching films that are quite lighthearted and easy to follow. Films such as 'Les Intouchables' 'Le Dîner de Cons' 'Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis' are all feel good movies and very lighthearted. Watching French speaking films with English subtitles first then again with French subtitles will help you not only understand what is going on in the story but help your listening skills improve.
The same goes for books. Try to limit your reading to short and easy reads. Classic books such as 'Le Petit Prince' will help you improve your reading skills. It may be that you wish to read it in English first then in French. Have a look at the Learn French with Alexa page on Amazon. It is filled with book recommendations to help you with your French.
As for the radio, I find that France Culture is perfect for French learners as the French spoken is articulate and they discuss current affairs (which you can relate to if you follow them in your language). Europe 1 is another radio station where you may discover the 'real' spoken French. This latter may be more suited for conversational level. Why don't you have a look at my top 10 French films of all time in this blog or have a look at this blog to discover children's films.
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