This journey had ended up getting a nomination form Ontario under the French stream
Good luck all
Before starting to mention the resources that have helped me a lot with my TEF journey , I’d like to stress on the fact that if you are not francophone , like me , and living in a non francophone country, like me as well , you MUST in this case find ways to live not only the language , but also the French culture to help you achieve your goal in winning the B2 advanced level .
You should listen to French radio , watch French movies , read French newspapers ( online versions would be great) , even your phone settings , better to change to French .
Stage 1 :
From scratch to A1
- Dulingo application : it gives a good vocabulary to start with but no more .
- Michel Thomas Course : A fast and interesting way to make sentences in French fast and effortlessly .
- Depending on the level test done in Alliance Française , I joined the course A1-5
( In Alliance Francaise , they divide each level to 5 courses , so this course was the last in level A1 ) .
The French centre endorsed the books ( Entre nous. ) for learning . It’s really an excellent book . I bought the 4 volumes 1,2,3 and 4
From A2 to A2
- I attended two courses in AF (A2-1 and A2-2 ) and stopped taking courses afterwards . They were very useful but I was in hurry and wanted to reach B2 advanced faster )
- I studied the whole book ( Entre nous 2 ) alone , using its audio files and transcripts , together with the most important and critical point in that journey : immersion
I started at this point listening to French radio ( I recommend RFI due to its clear and slow language which is similar to the exam Language
following French journals on Facebook like France 24
I joined the two great groups :
whose members are aspiring getting CLB 9 so following their steps most probably help you get CLB 7
A great group with active members who talk about everything in French .
Even my phone settings had been changed to French and French keyboard added to my device settings to be familiar with the French vocabulary and accents .
This step seems the hardest but what made a great change and progress is exploring a course on Udemy which helped a lot mastering the past tenses . I even joined the other two courses for the same tutor ( Subjunctive and pronunciation ) . These 3 courses made the transition from A2 to B1 very smooth .
( You can find the links to those courses in the attachments below )
Stage (3) :
From B1-B2 with exam preparation
After finishing Udemy courses , studying Entre nous 3 and then 4 was easy and fast . I continued the immersion daily routine listening to radio , reading French news and the most important familiarizing myself to the exam through the Facebook group I mentioned before and the most popular practice book for TEF : ( TEF 250 activités )
Taking the exam after 11 months of starting my journey , getting CLB 7 and higher in 3 skills and failing in the listening part CLB6 so , I booked for the next session after 2 months . I focused on listening skills and subscribed to the paid service of prepmtfuture
which helped a lot in the listening and reading parts . I got the CLB 7 in my second attemp , got the nomination from Ontario in April 2020 and ITA 3 months later .
Good luck all
The attachments :