Guide - 11 Secret Tips for Learning French for TEF Canada Exams

Guide - 11 Secret Tips for Learning French for TEF Canada Exams

Prepare with these tips to improve your CRS score

In this guide, I will be sharing with you the underground strategies you can apply in learning the French language to prepare for internationally recognized tests like TEF Canada, TCF, DELF-DALF. Unlike what you may probably know before now, these tips are not for you to become completely fluent in the language, rather, it is to speak the language to a conversational level which allows you to confidently take the exams and excel in them.

Now, Let's dive into it!

1. Make a decision

C’est plus facile à dire qu’à faire 'it is easier said than done'. i believe you could have heard of that proverb. learning French is not an easy task i tell you but it can be a simple one if perhaps you follow the rules, regulations, patterns, culture and traditions of the French. I want you to give a declaration, make a decision and stick to it. Answer these questions, let me make it simple for you;
a) Do you want to learn French fast?
b) Are you ready to give it your best?
c) Can you change your lifestyle to learn French?
if you don't answer positively to atleast 2 questions, don't go further with this guide.
2. Set your Life up for Learning

People don't always realise it but I often educate them about it if they want to listen and follow my guide. If you want to learn a language, not only French, you should be willing to change your lifestyle. The starting point I often advise you to start with is being sticky. Paste names of items, foodstuffs, house appliances on the walls. Language learning is much more than heaps of books, you must get up your home, office, school for the French. One way you should look out for in any language learning program is the extracurricular activities and cultural syllabus, if they don't have it, please do not waste your time and resources.

3. Get a Learning Partner

Language learning becomes much more fun when you have someone or other people who join you in the process. Be careful with this however, invite too many people so that you don't lose the passion. Yet, don't take this journey on your own. Build a personal relationship with people of like minds who are keen to learning the French language. This begs for the question, how do I know a compatible language partner? Simple, join groups, pages and communities that are based on French learning, study people therein and choose the ones who are much more learned in the language that you are.
4. Start with pronunciation

Begin with the first step. To speak like a native speaker, you have to master the sounds of the French language. Know the difference between the alphabets and sounds; lots of people mix this up. Some French sounds like /R/, /œ/, /ɲ/ and so on are not necessarily in the language you speak, so learn and master it. The little details is what differentiates you from other speakers and it can make or mar you in proficiency exams.

5. Master Useful Verb Tenses

The roles of verbs can not be overemphasize in the grammar of the French language. French has 20 tenses among which 10 are mostly used in TEF and 4 are of less usage. The remaining 6 are unused in this examination.

Hence, you should focus on only the 14 verb tenses at most and the conjugations of the common French verbs. In our online course - French for TEF Canada Applicants, we teach all the verb tenses in line with the over 150 most common verbs used in the TEF Canada exam.
6. Know How to Form Sentences

Sentences are mostly group into four (4) types functionally
1) Statements (Declarative Sentences)
2) Questions (Interrogative Sentences)
3) Commands/Requests (Imperative Sentences)
4) Exclamatory Sentences

All these are used in the TEF Canada exam, hence a French student has to learn all of them, however, there are techniques in learning all these well and much more faster.

7. Master Gender Distinctions

As little as it looks, gender is one major determining factor of those who will succeed in learning French to pass the TEF exam, and those who will not. French is a gender sensitive language unlike most Nigerian languages, so you have to learn the masculine and feminine gender distinctions with their corresponding articles, nouns and adjectives.

Gender goes along with numbers when it comes to agreement in between words, thus, you have to learn that well enough in order not to speak in a rusty manner.
8. Interpret Graphics, Charts, etc

Study how to associate words you learn to objects and persons portrayed in drawings, sketches, patterns, charts, graphs and so on. You should gather vocabularies relating to fashion, animals, sports, professions, housing, office, school, etc and learn them by heart.

Also, know how to interpret graphs, pie charts, bar charts and other numerical related designs by differentiating information in them with positive and opposing use of words and sentences. Currently, there are about 100+ French drawings and graphs you get access to for language practice when you join our online course - French for TEF Canada Applicants

9. Be Spontaneous, not Fluent

This can be counterintuitive. You may hear someone or perhaps ask that (d0) you have to be fluent in French before speaking a language or taking TEF Canada. This is not just true, you don't need to. I've taught people who didn't become fluent, took the exams and passed while some who were fluent (some even francophones) but didn't pass the exam.

What is the trick to this? Simple! Follow the rules of the language, make mistakes, be corrected, speak the language daily and don't wait to be perfect in the language before speaking.
10. Understand TEF Marking Guide

Shy not away from this. You can prepare for the exam by learning the language but if you do not know how the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris, France marks your script you may end up having low marks in the exam.

Let me illustrate this; unlike the English exam known as the IELTS, TEF Canada exam gives ×3 marks for good responses, 0 mark foR no response, -1 mark for wrong or multiple rsponses. So, if yoU don't know this, you may as well just fail the exam. There are also things that are looked out for in your language use.

When it comes to writing, the use of connectives among others increases your marks while in speech, correct pronunciation earns more marks. More on this is explained in a module of our course.

11. Use Effective E-learning Tools

There are lots of e-learning tools like radio & television stations, applications and so on that you can use to improve your French language experience. TV5Monde, Radio France Internationale, CGTV Français are stations on STV, HITV and even a whole cable TV known as Canal+ which are very useful in improving your speaking and listening skills.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Couchsurfing, Babbel, UniLang, Languing and others which are effective ways by which you can connect with French native speakers and second langauge learners just like you.

Salut, Je mappelle A.O.S


You can do it yourself - You can learn French and take the exams after self study through trial by error.
Or you can work with us - You can follow our step-by-step proven framework and avoid any failure.
Salut, Je m'appelle A.O.S (AbdulAzeez Olanrewaju Shoderu)

I'm a Language Coach and an Exam Tutor. Through my programs and online courses, I have helped many language learners and immigrants, to perfect their English language, learn French from scratch to conversational competence and take internationally recognised language tests like IELTS, TOEFL, TEF Canada, TCF and DELF-DALF so that they can get employed or job promotion, pass their language proficiency exams, and to migrate to foreign anglophone and francophone countries, etc.

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