Ever think about adopting a snail or escargot as the French call it? Well, here is your chance. Come learn some basic French while having fun and taking care of your new escargot. Ok, it’s just the shell. It will be up to you to create a persona in French of course for your new pet.
This course will introduce students to the basics of the French language and culture in a fun, engaging manner. Students will adopt a snail (just the shell) and personify their pet all in French. By learning basic vocabulary (colors, activities, food, clothing, etc.), students will create a home and document the life of their snail. Additionally, students will learn to speak some basic phrases and talk about their pet. The course aims to lay the groundwork for later, more formal, language study. Starting a language at a young age helps the brain assimilate language better.
The live class will be dedicated to learning and practicing the course material. We’ll use games, songs, and roleplays to make our time together interactive. I will upload documents and provide links for extra practice. To also reinforce learning, students will be adding information as the course progresses about their pet snail so that they have a finished product in French at the close of first semester. In addition to creating their snail’s home, students will be given pages for a book to create “Mon escargot et moi” for additional practice with the material. Students should expect no more than an hour of work during the week.
Fascinating places, interesting people, delicious food. . . curiosity piqued? In this second semester interdisciplinary course, we will use the Carole Marsh mystery, The Mystery at the Eiffel Tower, as a starting point to learn about French culture. As we read about the adventure, we will encounter famous people in French history, visit well-known places in France, and experience the food and arts of France.
While this course focuses on the culture of France, students will learn French to perform basic functions. You do need French when traveling to France. We will review some of the French learned in the previous semester, but second semester students are welcome to join and will learn as we review. In addition to the French language, students will virtually visit famous places as they learn the history and distinctive characteristics of famous French icons. Along our journey, we will “meet” some famed French people. No trip would be complete with the arts including edible “art” also known as food.
Our weekly meetings will consist of learning the French needed for our trip. Such topics will include personal information, weather, clothing, descriptions, etc. Class time will be the perfect time to practice speaking with classmates. We’ll also spend time reviewing the book and looking at cultural aspects as we travel the country. There will be time for students to share their projects and what they’ve learned. By the end of our trip, students will be able to speak basic French, locate cities, offer details on famous monuments and people, and describe cultural aspects of art, music and food.
Students will keep a travel journal that details what they’ve learned on their trip. The travel journal will include at least the following entries:
Clothing to bring
A weather map
Places visited with pictures and descriptions
Art, Music, Food
Students will be asked to do some research on people and places. Other assignments will include preparing and serving food as well as some art projects related to our studies. All assignments will have instructions and some assignments will allow for student choice. While this is a non-graded course, students are asked to share their work. I will give encouragement and feedback. If projects are longer than one week, students will be given possible steps to break down and plan their work. Students completing at least 60% of the course will receive a certificate.
Who should enroll?
4th-6th grades who want to learn some basic French. Students do not need to complete the first semester of An Introduction to French in order to register for second semester.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Each week students are giving practice activities to reinforce the material. I encourage students to complete and turn in the work as practice, and I can give feedback and encouragement. Students will present their work to the class at the end of each semester. No formal grades will be given, but upon completion of at least 60% of the course work, students will receive a certificate.
I believe communication is important for success in an online learning environment. I encourage both students and parents to let me know as soon as possible if there are any questions or concerns. I want to see everyone be successful, and keeping an open line of communication is essential. Please email me so I can best serve you and your student.