Elementary French with Stories: Second Semester

From: $80.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 4th–6th

Live Class: Thurs 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates: Jan 2–Apr 28

Price: $349

Instructor: Lisa Reissig

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Course Description

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Who doesn’t love a good story? How about a good story told in French? Believe it or not, you can understand stories with basic French vocabulary and images. Some prominent language researchers believe that the best way to help students to develop fluency and accuracy in a language is to expose them to large amounts of comprehensible input. Using this method called Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS), students listen and read stories with the intent to understand. When students do this with the intent to understand they acquire the language. The brain stores these words and structures (almost) effortlessly and permanently because stories generate multiple connections.

In this course, students will continue to listen and read novice level material. They will have repeated exposure to high-frequency vocabulary and structures making language acquisition more natural.

Each semester features different stories and a reader.

Course Structure

Our class time will feature lots of French. We’ll do pre-reading activities, listening activities, games, movie talks, reader’s theatre, and post-listening/reading activities. During the week, students will have websites to use to practice the vocabulary and read the stories. We will use an e-course for the chosen reader which provides not only the reader but also corresponding activities. Students will complete summarizing activities and several exercises related to the book to help maintain interest. A final, culminating project will be assigned to showcase their learning and their French.

Who should enroll?

Any student in grades 4-6 who likes to read and wants to learn some basic French is welcome to enroll. There are no prerequisites as all the stories used will be at the novice level.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Scanner
  • Printer

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive assignments in Canvas to help in the language acquisition process. They are encouraged to turn the work in for feedback and encouragement. Each student will also be asked to complete exercises in the e-course. There will be checkpoints to help students maintain their progress, and a final project at the end of the semester to synthesize their learning. While no final grade is given, students who complete at least 60% of the course are given 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 everyone be successful. Please email me so I can best serve you and your student.

Required Texts

All required materials are included in the cost of the course.

1 review for Elementary French with Stories: Second Semester

  1. Stephanie

    This class, added to our 2nd semester line-up at the last minute, was a surprise hit with my 11 year-old. She doesn’t have much experience with online classes and has some learning differences, so I was pleasantly surprised how much she enjoyed it, how much she learned, and how easily she ramped-up to full independence with the course. Rather than being extra work for me, it was one subject that I could leave entirely to her! The weekly live sessions were actually great fun for my student, and she’s been so motivated that she’s now doing daily French practice on Duolingo and using French closed-captioning when watching shows, all on her own without me even suggesting it. Madame. Reissig has lit a fire for French in my daughter. We’re both already looking forward to her Middle School French class next year!

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Instructor Bio

Lisa Reissig

Bonjour!  I’m Lisa Reissig, and I’m excited to be a part of Aim Academy. I started to learn French at the age of twelve, and I’ve loved it ever since- the language and the culture.  I have a BA in French from Wheaton College (IL), and an MA in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. I’ve spent time studying in France as well as traveling to Montréal and Québec City.

For the past twenty-five years, I’ve had the experience of teaching elementary through high school French in both brick-and-mortar schools as well as online schools. I’ve homeschooled my daughters which has been a great teaching position!  I hold a TEFL certificate enabling me to teach English to people from all over the world. I love being able to share my passion for language to students in a creative, engaging, and caring manner.

I currently live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with my husband, two daughters, and black cockapoo dog. When I’m not teaching, I like to cook, cross-stitch, watch baseball, and eat chocolate, the world’s best food.

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Email: lreissig@aimacademy.online

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