“Brandon Brown really wants a dog, but his mother is not quite so sure. A dog is a big responsibility for any age, much less a soon-to-be 9-year-old. Determined to get a dog, Brandon will do almost anything to get one, but will he do everything it takes to keep one…a secret?”(from fluencymatters.com) Come and read to find out. The course is based on TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), a language teaching and learning method built on extensive research on second language acquisition. Think of it as brain-friendly way to learn language. Students will read in French “Brandon Brown veut un chien.” This reader provides limited vocabulary and grammatical structures but will provide comprehensible input as a means to acquire language by using an enjoyable story.
The live class will be dedicated to pre-reading activities, vocabulary introduction and review, and post-reading activities. We’ll use songs, games, and other activities to make our time together interactive. Each student will receive an e-learning course account with Fluency Matters to read the book and complete exercises. Additional learning materials will be added to Canvas. Students will complete a final project as a way to personalize their learning and reading. Cultural topics will be added course. Students should expect no more than one hour of homework per week.
Who should enroll?
4th-8th grades who want to learn more about the French language and culture.
Students do not need to complete the first semester of An Introduction to French in order to register.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will be creating a document about the stories that will include both pictures and writing. They will upload at different intervals so I can look over and give encouragement. No formal grades will be given.
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.