French Club

$49.00 one time payment

Grades: 8th–12th

Meets: 3rd Monday, monthly

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

Dates: Sept–May

Price: $49

Advisor: Sally Barstow

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Course Description

This is a student run club, founded in 2020, that explores the French and Francophone language and cultures. Monthly meetings focus on different topics. The club meets monthly on Zoom. Theme related activities will be posted on Canvas for students to explore on their own.

This club is offered at no charge to students enrolled French 3 or French 4/5 courses with Mme Barstow (French club is included with these courses).

French Club is open to students enrolled in a French 1 or French 2 (8th grade and up) as an add on. The club is also open to students who are interested in French culture and speaking the French language. Course is open to non-Aim Academy students who fit this description.


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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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