Middle School French A

(6 customer reviews)

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 7th–8th (Others by instructor’s permission.)

Live Class: Wed 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates: Aug 22–Apr 28

Price: $549

Instructor: Lisa Reissig

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Course Description

Course Syllabus

This live online French class for middle school gives students 2 years to complete French 1. Students who complete two years of this course may be ready for French 2.

Parlez-vous français? Even if you don’t speak French, you are already familiar with many French words that we use in English. Have you ever been to a restaurant and looked at the menu, or maybe you prefer picnics? Have you traveled and stayed in a hotel and maybe even bought some souvenirs? English owes about half of its vocabulary to French. (If you’re not sure why that is, come to French class for the answer.) French is also the most-learned language worldwide giving many an advantage in future endeavors.

This course is an introduction to the French language and francophone culture. All four of the language skills, listening, reading, writing, and speaking will be incorporated as students learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar to achieve a communicative purpose.

In this level, students learn to communicate in real-life contexts about everyday topics. The overarching communicative goal of this course is, “If I met a native French speaker, I would be able to talk about myself (my life, my hobbies, my friends, etc.)”.  In order to meet this goal students are encouraged to use French as much as possible. Rather than isolating grammar, it is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed to perform a communicative function. Through the language learning process, students develop an understanding of how their own language is structured and the unique aspects of a different culture.

Students who complete two years of Middle School French may be ready for French 2 in high school. This course covers the same topics of a high school French I, but at half of the pace allowing for more time to practice. Middle school students tend to need different instructional strategies and activities to build a strong foundation in language.

Building a strong foundation early in language learning is advantageous for several reasons. It’s easier on the brain and helps in longer retention. The study of language is a tremendous exercise for the brain and learning. If students desire to pursue college, language placement tests may be necessary. The depth and length of exposure will be helpful.

Course Structure

The text will serve as the spine for the course. I will add additional authentic materials such as videos, audio recordings, infographics, and readings to enhance the material. Cultural topics and themes will be added to round out the course.

Since the class meets once a week, our time together will be primarily focused on speaking either as a whole group or in small groups as a way to practice this necessary skill. Class time will also focus on some main structural and vocabulary practice.  Students will be given note-taking outlines that will serve as both an organized way to record information and a study guide.

During the week, students can expect approximately two to three hours of outside study to reinforce what was covered in class and in preparation for the next class. Homework may include listening activities, grammar exercises, vocabulary practice, quizzes (both graded and self-checking), writing activities, and speaking assignments. Links for additional practice will also be given. At the end of each unit, students will be asked to complete a project-type assessment.

Who should enroll?

There is no prerequisite. Students in grades 7 and 8 who wish to begin a formal study of language but not at a high-school level pace are welcome to enroll. This slower pace is also suitable for students who already have a full schedule but wish to begin studying French. In addition, students who are new to online learning and online language learning would find this course beneficial.

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’ grades will reflect all of the language skills. Each student will have practiced and know what is expected so they can adequately prepare. Some homework assignments will be graded more for completeness so that I can offer feedback before a more formal assessment. Rubrics for other assignments are provided so students understand how their work will be graded. Students are welcome to email me with questions about any assignment, and if needed, we can schedule time for additional help. Periodically, I will send progress reports to both students and parents. Parents will also receive any email correspondence between student and teacher.

Communication

I believe communication is important for success in an online learning environment. Both students and parents are encouraged to notify me 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

 

Note: These texts will be used for two years. They can be purchased at mepeducation.net.

 

6 reviews for Middle School French A

  1. Kristi

    Mme. Reissig is a truly special teacher. She is organized, thoughtful, encouraging, creative, and fun. She is great at turning a frustrating situation, like an assignment that won’t go through, into a collaborative, positive problem-solving experience for my daughter. She always makes my daughter feel seen, heard, and appreciated. I also really value the way Mme. Reissig works WITH the students to adapt and improve their class, the organization of their class page, and the clarity of assignments. She creates an environment for learning that is engaging and empowering. This class has been such a blessing for us and we can’t wait for Part B!

  2. Emery (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful class; I highly recommend it. Madame Reissig has a good teaching ethic. She uses many websites that are helpful for learning French. She always includes us in class, and it is never a lecture. This French class is the best you will find.

  3. Alana

    I Love french! Madame Reissig is a very fun teacher who teaches us but also dose a lot to interact with us! It is so fun we do lots of activities and games plus learning a lot of french. She is super nice and always has something funny to say! I love this class and I think middle schoolers should do it!

  4. Erin English (verified owner)

    French A is an outstanding class and Madame Reissig is an excellent teacher! I highly recommend it! The workload is very appropriate for a middle school student, in my opinion. My daughter has had to work hard in this class, but she is learning so much. The classes are interactive and engaging. I often look over and my daughter is laughing at something they’re doing in class – she’s having fun and learning! Contrast this with other online classes she has taken (not at AIM) which have been dry and boring. I couldn’t be happier with her experience in French A, and we are super excited to do French B next year.

  5. Clare English

    I love this French class. Madame Reissig is so much fun! Her class is really interactive so you are never just sitting there listening to her talk. She makes things super easy to understand and if you don’t understand it you can message her and she gets back to you within a few hours. There were a few times when I forgot to turn things in but she was super understanding and let me turn it in late with no points taken off. She is so much fun and I can’t wait to continue learning French with her.

  6. Kate (verified owner)

    This has been an amazing French class for my daughter! I compared it to courses through Veritas Press and The Potter’s School, but chose this one for the teacher’s kindness, enthusiasm, and the many creative, interactive means she uses to engage the students in French. My daughter has thrived on the games, projects, and the fun of the live class, which she looks forward to zealously each week. She has learned a ton of French culture as well and language and is so excited about the skills she has acquired. Her teacher has been so encouraging and responsive to both of us. The workload is thorough but not overwhelming, and my daughter has gained excellent computer skills through working online, a new experience for her this year. I heartily recommend this class to other middle schoolers with interest in French!

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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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