Year-Long French 1 Class – with a difference!
With Master’s Mark Academics. Learning smarter, not harder! After 20+ years of teaching French in a traditional format, I am now teaching this online French 1 course by blending that with a different approach called the reading & storytelling approach (TPRS) to learning a foreign language. Research and 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!
- Thursdays 1:00PM – 2:30PM (ET)
- High School or Motivated 8th graders
- Begin Class: Aug 21st
- Fall Break: Oct 5-9
- Thanksgiving Break: Nov 23-27
- Last Class of Fall Semester: Dec 11th
- Resume in Spring: Jan 15th
- Winter Break: Feb 22-26
- Easter: Mar 29-Apr 2
- Final Class of Spring: May 7
Grammar & Conversation
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.
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.
Benefits of Foreign Language Study
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.
In this online French 1 class, we begin 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 or two 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. This text should cover through French 2. Scripture memory will always be included, as well as praise songs, hymns, contemporary music, culture, foods and games.
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