Level A2 - French Imperfect Tense

Learn to use description when talking about the past!

Level A2 - French Imperfect Tense

The imparfait is one of the ways you can speak in the past. In this lesson, you will learn the difference between the imperfect and passé composé tenses, how to add description to a sequence of events, exactly when and how to use the imperfect, and how to form it.

This comprehensive French lesson includes the following to help you practice and master your new skill:

STEP 1 👉 Download your 12 page cours and use it to follow along while listening to the lesson. There are spaces for you to fill in missing information that you will learn as I explain everything. Taking your own notes directly on paper is a proven way of helping to retain new information.

STEP 2 👉 Download your 11 page lesson guide and add it to your French resources folder. This copy includes all of the essential rules and examples from the lesson.

STEP 3 👉 Watch the 40 minute comprehensive video lesson on forming the imperfect and all of the ways you can use it.

STEP 4 👉 Download Jennifer's Lesson Notes and review everything that was taught in the lesson. This copy includes supplementary information that is not included in the lesson guide (all of the extras that come up during the lesson).

STEP 5 👉 Listening comprehension audio drill: être, aller, avoir, faire. Follow the instructions on the first page of the accompanying PDF which includes a copy of the drill in written form. Practice and master all imperfect forms of these four verbs.

STEP 6 👉 Listening comprehension audio drill: vouloir, pouvoir, devoir, savoir. Follow the instructions on the first page of the accompanying PDF which includes a copy of the drill in written form. Practice and master all imperfect forms of these four verbs.

STEP 7 👉 Listening comprehension - La Journée de Vanessa. Listen to a story that is told completely in the imperfect tense. Pay close attention to how the verbs are used. A French only copy of the text in written form is provided as well as a French - English copy.

STEP 8 👉 Written exercise - 25 sentences are written in the present tense, passé composé or futur proche. Rewrite them in the imperfect tense. An answer key is provided.

STEP 9 👉 50 practice cards. This set of cards will really help you master your new skill. Each card includes a common word or expression from the lesson that is typically used in the imperfect. All cards are numbered, and an answer key is provided.



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Your Instructor


Jennifer Crespin
Jennifer Crespin

Jennifer is originally from Louisiana, and has been teaching French for over 20 years. She has been living in France with her husband and children since 2013, and continues to teach French both online and locally. She completed a BA in French and English, and taught French and moved to France for a year before completing an MA degree in French literature and language. While living in the US, she taught French for 15 years at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men.


Course Curriculum


  L'imparfait
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