French 1

From: $72.00 / month for 8 months

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Grades: 7th and up

Live class: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 29th–May 8th

Price: $499

Instructor: Sally Barstow

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Course Description

French 1

Students will learn to read, speak, write, and understand French while also discovering French and Francophone culture.

This introduction to the French language is designed to establish a strong foundation in the
language which will then be built upon in the years to follow. The focus will be on useful
communication, accurate pronunciation and basic grammar concepts. Skills in listening,
speaking, reading and writing will be introduced. Using the textbook to structure our study of
French, many other resources will be incorporated to provide a broad experience for the class.
Being all about communication, students can anticipate some good exchange with one another.
We will touch upon the vast contributions the French have made in history, art, literature and
culture and why it is spoken on every continent.


Required Texts

Required Texts:
Bon Voyage, Glencoe French 1, ISBN: 978-0078791444 (also used for French 2)
Bon Voyage, Glencoe French 1 Workbook ISBN: 978-0078242694 (Also used in French 2)


  1. Debra Bell

    “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. Debra Bell

    “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. Emma Lowe

    I took the class with Mrs. Gomes, and it was fantastic! It was definitely my favorite course of the year. There was a perfect balance of grammar, reading, writing, and fun projects. She was always quick to respond to emails, and was available to help with assignments. There were on average 5 assignments per week, and they gave me a deeper understanding of the grammar, culture, and language. My favorite assignment was probably at the end of the year, which was creating a storybook in French.

  4. Jennifer Goebel (verified owner)

    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!

  5. Diane Harvey (verified owner)

    My son has immensely enjoyed Sally Barstow’s French I class. Mrs. Barstow is very warm and encouraging of the students, and she creates a class atmosphere that helps even the most hesitant student to feel confident in using the language. She makes excellent use of various tools in assisting the students with gaining greater proficiency in speaking the language and learning the French culture. My son has many excellent teachers this year in both online and co-op classes, but he regards Mrs. Barstow as one of his favorites. I highly recommend her!

  6. Diane Auclair (verified owner)

    Madame Barstow has made learning French a fun experience for my daughter, with enough challenge and difficulty, creative assignments, and enjoyable conversation in class. The one-hour weekly class fits our schedule, and the assignments do not overwhelm. My daughter looks forward to class each week, and to taking higher level French next year.

  7. Rebecca May (verified owner)

    My daughter has taken French classes with Sally Barstow for the past two years. Ms. Barstow taught vocabulary and grammar as well as information about French-speaking countries and French culture. My daughter always looked forward to her classes, and she enjoyed the assignments and projects. Ms. Barstow also gave the students lots of opportunities and encouragement to speak in French, and this has helped my daughter to become confident conversing in French.

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Instructor Bio

Sally Barstow

I received my BA in French from Mary Washington College.  During my college years, I studied at the Université de Dijon in Dijon, France.  Visits to Belgium have allowed me to keep in contact with the Belgian side of my family.  My 25 years as an educator have found me teaching all levels of French: from public school and private school elementary foreign language programs to High School French I-IV, primarily with homeschoolers.  I am currently teaching beginning adult immersion courses at the Alliance Française, a world-wide organization established to promote the French language.  I love speaking French and helping others acquire the ability to do so as well.

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