French 2

From: $72.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 8th and up

Live class: Wednesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 28th–May 6th

Price: $499

Instructor: Sally Barstow

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This section is now full. There are limited spots remaining in the Thursday section of this course. You may also contact Mrs. Barstow about being added to a waiting list for this class by emailing her directly.

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Course Description

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Students will build on the foundation established in level 1, in the areas of reading, speaking, writing and understanding French. Thematic units will be built around interactive communication, speaking and writing presentations as well as activities in reading and listening interpretation. While the textbook provides structure for the class as well a resource for the students, I incorporate many other tools to provide a broad experience for the students.

The class sizes are limited to 10 in order to allow for optimal communication within the classroom as well as teacher oversight on assignments. I believe that students are successful when they are comfortable and at ease. Therefore, I make an effort to work with students at their level of comfort, working with them until they are ready to go to the next level.

Face-to face time is limited to one hour per week, therefore the weekly assignments are designed to keep students actively working with French during the week. I use lots of interactive videos, audio recordings and other authentic French resources to accomplish this. Developing accuracy in pronunciation and learning grammatical structures of the language are incorporated into the lessons and assignments. The course is rounded out by exploring the vast contributions the French have made in history, art, literature and culture and why it is spoken as a major language on every continent in the world.

Course Structure

The class is structured around the weekly face to face meeting. Students can anticipate having about 3-4 hours of homework each week. Five weekly assignments are posted that build on what was presented in class, preparing the student for the upcoming meeting. In class, students can anticipate needing to ask and answer questions based on the weekly assignments. Language structure is provided to guide the interaction in class. The units last 3-4 weeks with an assessment project/test at the end of each unit. In addition to regular weekly assignments, students keep a weekly written journal. Here is a link to a sample French 2 class.

Who should enroll?

Students who have successfully completed a level 1 French class, and are in grades 9-12. If you are uncertain about your student’s level, please contact Mme Barstow.

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

My family laughs at me because I say ‘I’m an easy ‘A’. Weekly assignments receive the complete score…unless some correcting is needed. So, if students do their work, including the corrections, they will get a perfect score. On the assessments, I grade more strictly on the details. Again, if a student is working well and within their abilities, I give high marks. Most weekly homework is graded the week it is turned in. Unit projects sometimes take longer. I am patient when students have technical difficulties (which often show up with the bigger projects). I do try to give feedback and corrections in French on the assignments. I also make myself available to my students during the week, should they have trouble with any assignments.


Communication: I encourage parents to reach out to me as they have concerns or questions. They can anticipate a note from me should their student get behind in their work. If I communicate with the student about their work, I will always copy the parent on the email so that they can keep up with how things are going. I will send out a progress report in the end of December and the final grade in May once the final test has been graded. I do have a website on Facebook where I post random information about French: All that’s French.


Required Texts

Required Texts:          

Bon Voyage Glencoe French 1 ISBN13: 9780078791444 (from FR1)

Bon Voyage Writing Activities Workbook 1 ISBN13: 9780078242694

Bon Voyage level 2 textbook ISBN-13: 978-0078791468 (used also in French 3)

Bon Voyage level 2 workbook ISBN-13: 978-0078243448 (also in French 3)



  1. Anu Gupta (verified owner)

    My daughter is taking French 2 with Ms. Barstow and loves her class. Ms. Barstow makes the class engaging and interactive and offers very encouraging remarks and suggestions. She has a talent for teaching hard concepts without making it too daunting or serious. My daughter is navigating the course mostly on her own and enjoys doing her homework assignments. The online interface is easy to use and Sally is very organized and prompt with posting homework assignments, grading etc. She also enjoys the French conversation class that Sally offers for additional practice. We are very happy with class and hoping to continue with her next year for French 3.

  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. 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

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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.

French 1, 2, 3, and 4


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