Intro to French (Summer 1)

From: $85.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 6th and up

Live class: Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: May 13th-June 28th

Price: $225

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 you’re wondering if French is the language you want to study but you don’t want to commit to a full year course until you’re certain, this is your opportunity to ‘test the waters’. In seven classes, I will introduce you to my favorite language. We’ll start by discovering that you know more French than you think you do! I’ll help de-mystify the pronunciation and we’ll lay a foundation of ABC’s and 123’s. You’ll come away with being able to ask and answer basic questions about yourself and others. I also close out the Unit giving you a ‘book’ that you can read in French!

Course Structure

In addition to the one hour face to face class time, students can anticipate 2 hours of homework per week given in 5 weekly assignments.

Who should enroll?

Students from grades 6th to 12th 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 instructor at any time during the course.


Required Texts

Materials provided by teacher.


  1. 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!

  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. 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

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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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