Fascinating places, interesting people, delicious food…is your curiosity piqued? In this second semester interdisciplinary course, we will use the Carole Marsh mystery, The Mystery at the Eiffel Tower, as a starting point to learn about French culture. As we read about the adventure, we will encounter famous people in French history, visit well-known places in France, and experience the food and arts of France.
While this course focuses on the culture of France, students will learn French to perform basic functions. You do need French when traveling to France. We will review some of the French learned in the first semester, but second semester students are welcome to join and will learn as we review. In addition to the French language, students will virtually visit famous places as they learn the history and distinctive characteristics of famous French icons. Along our journey, we will “meet” some famed French people. No trip would be complete without the arts including edible “art”, also known as food.
Our weekly meetings will consist of learning the French needed for our trip. Such topics will include personal information, weather, clothing, descriptions, etc. Class time will be the perfect time to practice speaking with classmates. We’ll also spend time reviewing the book and looking at cultural aspects as we travel the country. There will be time for students to share their projects and what they’ve learned. By the end of our trip, students will be able to speak basic French, locate cities, offer details on famous monuments and people, and describe cultural aspects of art, music, and food.
Students will keep a travel journal that details what they’ve learned on their trip. The travel journal will include at least the following entries:
- A passport
- Clothing to bring
- A weather map
- Places visited with pictures and descriptions
- Famous people
- Art, Music, Food
In addition, students will be asked to do some research on people and places. Other assignments include preparing and serving food as well as related art projects. All assignments have instructions, and some assignments will allow for student choice. While this is a non-graded course, students are asked to share their work. I will provide encouragement and feedback. If projects are longer than one week, students will be given possible steps to break down and plan their work. Any student completing at least 60% of the course will receive a certificate.
Who should enroll?
Students in 4th-6th grades who want to learn some basic French are welcome to enroll. They do not need to complete the first semester of An Introduction to French in order to register for second semester.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students are given weekly practice activities to reinforce the class material. I encourage students to complete and turn in the work as practice, and I give feedback and encouragement. At the end of each semester, students will present their work to the class. No formal grades are given, but upon completion of at least 60% of the course work, students will receive a certificate.
I believe communication is important for success in an online learning environment. Both students and parents are encouraged to let me know as soon as possible if there are any questions or concerns. Keeping an open line of communication is essential; I want to see all students succeed. Please email me so I can best serve you and your student.