Elementary French

(7 customer reviews)

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 4th–6th

Live Class: Thursday 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates: Aug 22–Apr 28

Price: $549 (includes all required materials)

Instructor: Lisa Reissig

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Course Description

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This live elementary French class online includes Elementary French with Projects (First Semester) and Elementary French with Stories (Second Semester)

First Semester

Ever think about adopting a snail or escargot as the French call it? Well, here is your chance.  Come learn some basic French while having fun and taking care of your new escargot.  Ok, it’s just the shell.  It will be up to you to create a persona in French, of course, for your new pet.

This course will introduce students to the basics of the French language and culture in a fun, engaging manner. Students will adopt a snail (just the shell) and personify their pet all in French. By learning basic vocabulary (colors, activities, food, clothing, etc.), students will create a home and document the life of their snail. Additionally, students will learn to speak some basic phrases and talk about their pet. The course aims to lay the groundwork for later, for more formal language study. Starting a language at a young age helps the brain assimilate the language better.

Course Structure

The live class will be dedicated to learning and practicing the course material. We’ll use games, songs, and roleplays to make our time together interactive. I will upload documents and provide links for extra practice. To reinforce learning throughout the course, students will also be adding information about their pet snail so that they have a finished product in French at the close of the first semester. In addition to creating their snail’s home, students will be given pages for a book to create “Mon escargot et moi” for additional practice with the material.  Students should expect no more than an hour of work during the week.

Second Semester

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 will feature 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 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 book related exercises to help maintain interest. A final, culminating project will be assigned to showcase their learning and their French.

Who should enroll?

Students in 4th-6th grades who want to learn some basic French should enroll. They do not need to complete the first semester of An Introduction to French in order to register for the second semester.

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 are given weekly practice activities to reinforce class material. I encourage students to complete and turn in the work as practice, and I can 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 everyone be successful. Please email me so I can best serve you and your student.

Required Texts


The materials other than those listed below are included in the cost of the course.

Students must have the ability to conduct basic research on the internet and/or library books. The following are the additional materials necessary for this class:

  • Ingredients for cooking
  • Basic art supplies

7 reviews for Elementary French

  1. Becky B (verified owner)

    We couldn’t be happier with Mme. Reissig’s French class. Initially the snail’s home project was the thing that drew my daughter to the class—such a brilliant idea! But the weekly games and the fantastic books in semester two kept love for this class going. In my experience, a lot of online middle school classes either have way too much homework, or not enough, but Mme. Reissig seems to have a sixth sense for assigning a just-right amount: enough to challenge and make progress, but not so much that it’s overwhelming. My daughter loves the live class each week and has made tremendous progress this year, all thanks to Mme. Reissig!

  2. Stephanie (parent)

    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!

  3. Parent

    I was so happy to see French offered for this age as it is so valuable and starting at a young age beneficial. This class did not disappoint. My son loved going to class each week. The class was organized and interactive. Having a project added to the motivation. My son enjoyed adding thing to his snail’s house and talking about it in French. I highly recommend this class.


  4. Parent

    Mme Reissig is very interactive and kind to her students. Her enthusiasm for this course is observed each week and is seen and felt by each student. She has been very willing to accommodate individually. Thank you;) This course is exactly as stated and a great introduction for new french students 🙂

  5. Parent

    Madame Reissig captivates her students with enthusiasm, clean jokes and puns, and engaging weekly assignments with the escargo. She communicates well through email messages and encouraging comments regarding assignments. The varied activities to review weekly material is also helpful.

  6. Harrison A.

    I liked the one where I made my snail meet something and they asked each other Ou habites tu? I really enjoy your class and think you should keep it the way it is.

  7. Sloan W.

    Well, I love picking out things for my snails house that go with what theme it is! Like whatever the theme is that week! Its really fun!!!! I think this class is amazing for anyone who is interested in taking french! Madame you are super nice! You will work with anyone who is having tech issues or who just need help! I think you are doing this job perfectly!

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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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