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 based so they will have a finished product in French. Students should expect no more than an hour of work during the week.
Who should enroll?
4th-8th grades who want to consider studying French formally in high school
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Something that takes photos to share your work
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will be creating a document about their snail 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.