French Book Study: Le Petit Prince

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From: $103.00 / month for 3 months

Prerequisite: French 3 or higher

Live Class: Wed 12:30–1:30 p.m. ET

Dates: May 16–Jul 1

Price: $279

Instructor: Sally Barstow

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Course Description

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Are you an upper-level French student looking for some good reading this summer? Le Petit Prince is a well-loved classic that every student of French should read.

Imaginez-vous perdu dans le désert, loin de tout lieu habité, et face à un petit garçon tout blond, surgi de nulle part. Ce petit garçon vous demande avec insistance de dessiner un mouton, vous voilà plus qu’étonné ! À partir de là, vous n’aurez plus qu’une seule interrogation: savoir d’où vient cet étrange petit bonhomme et connaître son histoire . . .

In this summer course, we will read this book in 7 weeks, weaving in questions to discuss and explore the significant themes. Students will receive weekly vocabulary resource sheets to aid in their reading in order to come to class prepared to read and discuss elements of the story. This course is an excellent way to maintain and build students’ French abilities in preparation for the coming year or before entering the university.

Course Structure

Students will read assigned portions of the book and do worksheets designed by the Instructor to help them understand the readings. Class time will be spent reading aloud and answering questions about the readings.

Who should enroll?

Students who have completed French level 3 or higher should enroll in this class.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • A scanner is helpful for turning in assignments

Evaluation and Feedback

Weekly resource pages will aid students in reading and understanding the text. The only homework will be to have read the assigned reading for each week.

Grade will be based on student preparedness and participation in the class.


Parents and students are welcome to contact the Instructor with questions about the course. During the course, students and parents are always welcome to contact the Instructor by email.


Required Texts


The required text is available from French Books Online for $10.99.

  • Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, ISBN 9780156013987


2 reviews for French Book Study: Le Petit Prince

  1. Skylar Combs

    This course furthered my French comprehension and vocabulary. It was great to read “Le Petit Prince” in its original language, and listening/speaking in live class was an immersive experience. Mme. Barstow is a helpful and patient teacher who encourages her students to engage with the text. C’est une bonne classe!

  2. Charlotte

    This class was amazing! In it, I practiced reading out loud and answering/asking comprehension questions. Madame Barstow made sure that we understood without making it too easy. I never would have fully understood “Le Petit Prince” without the guidance of Madame Barstow.

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Instructor Bio

Sally Barstow

An interest in learning and my love of French have woven together in my life to feed my love of teaching.  I recall with fondness the 14 years I homeschooled my two youngest children.  Today I proudly continue working with homeschoolers, opening up to them the mysteries of the French language.
My interest in French was birthed in my desire to connect with my family in Belgium.  I enjoy sharing with my students that I began learning French in high school, like many of them are doing.  Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of not only visiting my Belgian family, but hosting students from French speaking countries, only to later visit them and their families in their home countries.  I firmly believe that the purpose of learning a language is to broaden one’s experience with others and to help find one’s purpose and place in the world.
I received my BA in French from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and studied abroad at the University of Dijon in France.  Over the years I have updated my teaching skills with post graduate courses at both the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia.  Recently I completed the CAVILAM certification for teaching French as a second language, a program sponsored by the government of France.  My teaching experience includes beginning adult immersion French classes at the Alliance Française as well as homeschool groups of all ages.
At Aim Academy, I have enjoyed diving in with my upper level students to ‘conquer’ topics such as The Environment, Media, Education, Health and others.  I believe that language learning is best achieved when the communication is relevant to the student and the learning environment is comfortable for them as well.  I try bringing these two elements into every class I teach.

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