French Conversation

From: $93.00 / month for 3 months

Prerequisite: French 1 completed

Grades: 8th–12th

Live Class: Wed 11:00–12:00 ET

Dates (Summer 1):  May 15–June 30

Price: $249

Instructor: Sally Barstow

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Course Description

Course is limited to 10 students.

This informal and fun conversation group will use guided activities to develop French conversation skills. Topics will come from student suggestions, along with teacher-guided structure, online interactive games, and activities. All levels of French are welcome to join in.

Students do not have to be enrolled in Aim Academy French classes. They must have had at least an equivalent of one year of French or be currently enrolled in a French 1 class.

Past topics have included:

  • autour de la ville (around town)
  • les voyages (traveling)
  • les loisirs (leisure activities)
  • les musées/ le zoo (visits to museums and zoos)
  • la culture francaise (French culture)
  • la science, l’art, l’histoire (science, art, history)

Course Structure

Students will have access to our weekly PowerPoint for links used, vocabulary lists, and grammar points made during the class.

Online games/word games, authentic articles, and images that promote communication are used to facilitate our conversation. Students will receive feedback on their pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar skills. No homework will be assigned.

Who should enroll?

Students in grades 7-12 of all levels of French are welcome to join in. They must have at least one year of French or be enrolled in a French 1 course. This class is limited to 10 students.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback  

Students will receive feedback on their pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar skills and will receive a pass/fail certificate upon completion. No homework will be assigned.


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.

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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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