Intro to French

From: $93.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 7th and up

Live Class: Wed 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Dates: May 16–Jul 1

Price: $249

Instructor: Sally Barstow

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Course Description

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This class is an introduction to the French language for students who are considering which language to study for high school. If students are wondering if French is the language they want to study, but they don’t want to commit to a full year course until they’re certain, this is their opportunity to “test the waters”.

In seven classes, I will introduce students to my favorite language. We’ll start by discovering that students know more French than they think they do. I’ll help de-mystify the pronunciation and we’ll lay a foundation of ABC’s and 123’s. Students will come away with being able to ask and answer basic questions about themselves and others. I also close out the course by giving students a “book” that they can read in French.

Course Structure

In addition to the one-hour live class time, students can anticipate two hours of homework per week given in five weekly assignments.

Who should enroll?

Students from grades 7-9 may enroll in this course.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • 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

Students will not receive a grade for this class per se. It is designed to be exploratory and students don’t need the pressure of grades to find success in the class. If parents want their students to receive a grade, they can make this request to the Instructor.


Parents or students are welcome to reach out with questions about this course. Students and parents are also welcome to email the Instructor at any time during the course.

Required Texts


All course materials are provided by Instructor.

3 reviews for Intro to French

  1. Dorothy S.

    “In my search for a French teacher for my daughter, we were blessed to find Mrs. Barstow. She was well known and highly recommended in the home school network. My daughter loved her class and learned so much during her time with Mrs. Barstow. She made learning the language fun by engaging the students in conversation, and giving the students an opportunity to showcase what they had learned during the Christmas and end of year celebrations. During these celebrations students would prepare skits and present them to the parents. The students were encouraged to try French cuisine and prepared dishes to share with family and friends. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be blessed by Mrs. Barstow’s love for the French language and culture which was so evident in her teaching. “ Dorothy S., Fredericksburg, VA

  2. Lynnette F.

    “My son and daughter have taken French classes with Sally Barstow for three years. Sally, certainly has the knowledge and the ability to teach French on a professional level and keep her students interested.
    As a result of taking Sally’s French class, my children are able communicate in French by speaking, writing and reading. It had been a rewarding experience for our family.” Lynnette F., Fredericksburg, VA

  3. Jennifer Goebel

    My daughter was looking for a basic online high school French class – not too easy, but not something so time-consuming that it took time away from other subjects. Sally’s class has been a very good fit. There is an hour of instruction each week and usually 4-5 homework assignments to complete before the next session. She is patient and kind as the students learn the language. My daughter will be taking French 2 from her next year!

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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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