Introduction to French 1 (FR1v)
2 (yearlong course)
Students begin their language-learning adventure in this middle school French course. The instruction is equivalent to that found in the first semester of High School French I. Students focus on four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices, which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various French- speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). (Grades 7-8).
A stable Internet connection is needed for this class since all work is done online. A minimum connection speed of 5Mbps is required. iPads are not compatible with this course.
This course can be applied towards .5 of high school credit.
Meeting people from around the world is fun, but it is much more exciting when you can communicate with them in their native language! Imagine that after only one year in this course, you will be able to ask someone from France what hobbies they enjoy, or talk to someone from Québec about the weather in Canada. You’ll be able to order food in a restaurant in Belgium, or give someone from Senegal directions to church, or even ask someone from Tahiti about their family! At the end of this course, you will be able to have basic conversations about a variety of practical topics in French.
If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.
I loved learning French! It was such an awesome experience! I learned how to hold a conversation and how to order food at a restaurant and how to go shopping in French. For me, it was really challenging to understand the recordings that I had to listen to because they talked so fast! But I loved it and getting to learn a new language is fun.