Specifications for 2023

Levels 01 - 5 (Grades 7 - 12)

2023 Testing Dates: February 15 - April 5, 2023

NOTE: Le Grand Concours ONLY assesses
the INTERPRETIVE competency of students.



Level

Vocabulary

Structures

Cultural Awareness

01

     Greetings and introductions, including asking name and age

     Common French names

     Family members, immediate family

     Physical description and personality characteristics

     Weather: il fait beau, mauvais, il fait du vent, il fait chaud, froid

     Numbers up to 100

     Days, months, calendar

     Expressions of time, such as mois, semaine, année, journée, demain

     Expressions de quantité, beaucoup + de,+  d’

     How to tell time

     Adverbs of time such as souvent, toujours, quelquefois, maintenant

     Classroom furniture

     Common prepositions of location: dans, sur, sous devant, derrière, avec, chez, pour, après, avant

     Colors and common clothing

     Common foods

     Leisure activities j’aime faire du ski, j’adore le tennis

     Countries bordering France, adjectives of nationality, languages

     Question words: Qu’est-ce que, comment, combien, pourquoi, où

     Elision

     Articles, definite, indefinite, (partitive in reading and listening only), contractions

     Regular plural of nouns

     Form of common adjectives, blond, blonde

     How to make questions and negations.  Use of est-ce que for questions

     Possessive adjectives mon, ton, ma, ta only

     Demonstrative adjectives ce, cette, ces

     Possession with de

     Subject pronouns je, tu, il, etc.  Limited use of moi, toi

     Regular verbs in -er at present, few regular common -ir verbs such as finir, choisir

     Il y a vs il est, voilà, voici

     Four irregular verbs: être, avoir, faire, aller

 

    Vous vs tu

    Proper greetings, Monsieur vs. first name

    Eating customs in France vs. U.S.

 

1

     Class schedule, subjects and school supplies

     Rooms of the house, basic furniture

     Cities, places, activities and transportation

     Shopping, restaurants and common food, simple restaurant menu

     Prepositions of location  à côté de, près de, loin de, en face de, entre, etc.

     Expressions such as: Combien coûte, j’ai besoin de, c’est cher , c’est bon marché,je veux, tu veux, je voudrais, tu voudrais.

     Leisure time activities jouer à, faire de

     Name of cognate-based professions

     Expressions of time: le mois prochain, l’année prochaine

     Expressions with avoir -- avoir tort, avoir raison, avoir soif, avoir faim, avoir besoin de, etc.

     Simple expressions with faire :  faire la vaisselle, faire des maths, faire du ski

     Near future aller + infinitive

     J’ai chaud vs. il fait chaud

     Interrogative quel, quelle, quels, quelle

     de, négatif de un, du, des...

     Il ya versus C’est.....

     Opposition of «j’aime le...je mange du... »

     er verbs at imperative– mange! mangez!

     Regular  common -ir verbs such as finir, choisir

 

 

    Eating customs in France vs. U.S.

    School schedule in France vs. U.S.

 

2

     Daily routine

     Rooms of the house and chores

     Food, typical French meal

     Body parts

     School related activities, such as la fanfare, la chorale

     Health, fitness and expressions such as j’ai mal à, tu as l’air malade, ça va bien?

     Shopping for special events, such as birthdays and proms

     Travel plans and activities

     Giving and asking directions

     Expressions with avoir such as avoir envie de, avoir le temps de, avoir peur de, avoir de la chance,  etc.

     Expressions with être such as: être en train de, être en forme, être de Toulouse, c’est à moi

     Basic body parts

 

 

     Add all common regular -ir and -re verbs

     Add to the four irregular verbs avoir, être, aller, faire.  Eight additional irregulars: mettre, prendre, dormir, sortir, partir, vouloir, pouvoir, savoir

     Regular -er, -ir and -re verbs at passé composé, along with passé composé of the above mentioned irregular verbs avoir, être, aller, faire, mettre, prendre, dormir, sortir, partir.  Common « être » verbs vs. « avoir »

     Pronominal verbs only at present

     Imperfect might be used in listening comprehension and reading selections, but not tested as a grammar item

     Agreement and position of all adjectives

     Comparatives and superlatives of regular adjectives and adverbs plus.que, moins. .que

     Interrogative pronouns: qui, qui est-ce qui, que, qu’est-ce que, quoi

     Object pronouns with verbs at present tense, use of one pronoun only – le, lui, y, en., etc...

     Use of prepositions with geographical names à, en, au, aux

     Simple negations rien, jamais, personne, plus

     All regular imperatives, including mangeons, finissons

     All possessive adjectives, notre...., leur.....

     Verbs with spelling changes such as espérer, acheter

    House construction, size, rooms

    Differences in daily life, energy conservation, extracurricular activities

    Health care

    School life

    The many facets of Francophone lifestyles

     

3

     Wider scope vocabulary related to:  school, daily schedule, parts and rooms of house, extended family, clothing and appearance, more complex menus, leisure, sports and entertainment, future plans for education and job, health, city life and environment, holidays and traditions.

     Use of inversion to make questions

     Recent past: venir de + infinitif

     All regular verbs at passé composé, including pronominals

     Contrast of imparfait and passé composé

     Simple agreement of past participle with être and common pronominals

     Pronominal verbs at impératif

     Future and conditional

     Simple use of subjunctive: Il faut + subjunctif of “er” verbs and faire

     Common verbs requiring a preposition followed by infinitive commencer à, etc.

     Correct use of sortir, partir, laisser, quitter

     Depuis + present tense

     Use of ne…..que

     Adjectives followed by de

     Relative pronouns qui, que.  Dont, lequel used only in reading and listening comprehension, not tested as grammar item.

     Common negative structures, including ni…ni

     Expanded comparative structures aussi…que, autant…que, etc

    Driving and car use among teenagers

    Secondary studies and college in France and US

    Teen life and dating in France and US

     Communities and the environment

 

4

     Social issues, such as human rights, equality between sexes, crime and violence, diversity, emigration, prejudice and discrimination, science and medicine, nature and ecology in France and the Francophonie

     Culture, celebrations and traditions, arts, historical events, literature in France and the Francophonie

     All interrogative pronouns

     All possessive pronouns

     Si clauses with present and imparfait

     En with present participle

     Past infinitive with après

     Relative pronouns including dont, lequel....

     Demonstrative pronouns

     Developed negative words, aucun, ni....ni...

     Correct use of manquer de, manquer à

     Use of present and imparfait with depuis, il y a, ça fait…que

     Most simple uses of subjunctive,

     Use of descendre, monter, sortir, rentrer, passer + direct object at passé composé

     C’est vs. il est,more complex uses

     Recognition of futur antérieur and passé simple in readings only.

    All the preceding topics expanded

5

     Globalization and technology, such as current events, politics, communications, media in France and the Francophonie

     Plus-que-parfait and conditionnel passé

     Correct use of imparfait and passé composé

     Agreement of past participles with all passés composés

     All si clauses, including plus-que-parfait

     Double object pronouns

     More elaborate use of subjunctive

     Expended use of relative and demonstrative pronouns

    All the preceding topics expanded