Continue your French learning through a multi-sensory, common-sense approach that yields proficiency and confidence in this beautiful language!
Learning smarter, not harder! After 20+ years of teaching French classes in a traditional format, I am now teaching this online French 2 course by blending that with a different approach called the reading & storytelling approach (TPRS) to learning a foreign language. Research & scholarly studies reveal that students learn to speak and use the languages faster, and better, with this approach – it equips every learner, from the gifted student to the dyslexic. Success – and fun!
I just took the university placement test, and I tested out of their college requirement! But I'm planning on continuing and going to study abroad in a country that speaks the language.
While your student will speak and converse a lot, this is more than a conversational language class. Grammar is included through meaning and repetition and small doses of concentrated material as the student acquires language because he or she understands what is being said. In the second year, the grammar we use goes a bit deeper and gets a bit more complex – your student will be using present tenses, past tenses, future, conditional, subjunctive and imperative. As with the first year, these will begin with meaning first.
Students will be speaking, understanding, and reading the language from the first week – growing in ability quickly. Grammar is taught every class through meaning and application.
There are many benefits to foreign language study, from the academic to the business world, to the understanding of our own language. All of this is true – and it is required for entrance to many colleges. However, languages are meant for communication – and communicating the most important thing of all, the love and Truth of God, is our highest and greatest purpose with language. With language, we build relationships – through those relationships, we gain the “ear” of others to share the Truth of the Gospel.
We feel very fortunate and blessed by your classes. When I started homeschooling a couple years ago, the foreign language classes really threw me for a loop. My husband and I are both nuclear engineers, and I actually enjoy grammar and history (weirdos, I know). So we feel pretty ok teaching core classes, but there are not many good foreign language options out there. You provide AWESOME foreign language options for our girls.
In this French 2 class, we continue this journey through fun, and the ability to use the language as we learn it. I can scarcely wait to begin! Students should plan on 45 minutes to an hour of work four days per week, plus the work in class. This work at home is foundational to achievement.
We will work through our text and read one to three novels completely in French, depending on class achievement. This course uses a lot of “out of the text” material, so we will move through our text very slowly, adding other core learning materials through the year. We may not finish all 24 lessons this year, and would continue into French 3. Scripture memory will always be included, as well as praise songs, hymns, contemporary music, culture, foods and games.
1) Excelerate French, Book 1: This book covers at least two years of French in this class because we move through it slowly and use many other resources. The language is rich and complex, and not really separated by grade level or dumbed down, so it works very well this way. We do much more French than is found in the text.
Excelerate French textbook cannot be purchased yet because it is in the publishing process. The instructor will provide (free) pdf’s of the lessons (Beta Version) for families to compile into a notebook-textbook, until the book is published. Then you will be asked to purchase (approximately $25) the texts.
If you would like to check out the method, the curriculum is streaming for families to use to work through the lessons alone. The Excelerate website can flesh out the method for you, and this is part of what we do, blended with other resources.
2) French Novels: We will read 1-3 novels entirely in French, increasing the complexity and challenge from last year. Parents will purchase these – titles and links will be provided at the beginning of August to families enrolled in the course.
Parents: Please contact me (instructor) if you know your student has dyslexic/learning issues. I believe those students can find success through this approach, but it will help me to know. I also have back-up resources to recommend.
Full Year 2020-2021 – Fridays 9AM ET