Elementary French with Projects: First Semester Class
Ever think about adopting a snail or escargot as the French call it? Well, here is your chance. Come learn some basic French while having fun and taking care of your new escargot. Ok, it’s just the shell. It will be up to you to create a persona in French of course for your new pet.
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 snail so that they have a finished product in French at the close of first semester. In addition to creating their snail’s home, students will be given pages for a book to create “Mon escargot et moi” for additional practice with the material. Students should expect no more than an hour of work during the week.
Who should enroll?
4th-6th grades who want to learn some basic French. Students do not need to complete the first semester of An Introduction to French in order to register for second semester.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Each week students are giving practice activities to reinforce the material. I encourage students to complete and turn in the work as practice, and I can give feedback and encouragement. Students will present their work to the class at the end of each semester. No formal grades will be given, but upon completion of at least 60% of the course work, students will receive a certificate.
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.
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