Note: There are three sections of French 1. Two (Sections 2 and 3) are taught by Sally Barstow, and Section 1 is taught by Megan Newman. They are the same class, using the same materials, just at different times.
This live, online French 1 class is taught by Sally Barstow (Sections 2 and 3) and Megan Newman (Section 1). French at Aim Academy is one of our top-selling departments.
Studying a new language is an exciting prospect. It’s like breaking a code and then learning how to use it to speak to people who may be different from ourselves. Having a second language opens up new opportunities in life as well as develops areas of the brain that will help students in other fields. Whatever the reason for learning a language, the benefits will be numerous.
This course is designed to help students explore the mysteries of the French language. Thematic units will be built around interactive communication, speaking, and writing presentations, as well as activities in reading and listening interpretation. While the textbook provides a structure for the class as well as a resource for the students, many other tools are incorporated to provide a broad experience for the students.
The class sizes are limited to 12 in order to allow for optimal communication within the classroom as well as teacher oversight on assignments. Mrs. Barstow and Mrs. Newman believe that students are successful when they are comfortable and at ease in the classroom setting. They therefore make every effort to work with students at their level of comfort, working with them until they are ready to go to the next level.
Face-to-face time in our live class is limited to one hour per week; therefore, the weekly assignments are designed to keep students actively engaged with French during the week. Interactive videos, audio recordings, and other authentic French resources are used to accomplish this. Activities to develop accuracy in pronunciation and learn grammatical structures of the language are incorporated into the lessons and assignments. The course is rounded out by exploring the vast contributions the French and francophone countries have made in history, art, literature, and culture and why it is spoken as a major language on every continent in the world.
The class is structured around the weekly live meeting. Students can anticipate having about 3-4 hours of homework each week. Five weekly assignments are posted that build on what was presented in class, and prepare the student for the upcoming meeting. It is imperative that students submit their assignments on a timely basis to be prepared for the live class. In class, students can anticipate needing to ask and answer questions based on the weekly assignments. Language structure is provided to guide the interaction in class. The units last 3-4 weeks with an assessment project/test at the end of each unit.
Who should enroll?
This class is for students in grades 8-12. Younger students by permission of the instructor.
- A quiet environment for live class (i.e. not in a noisy area like a coffee shop)
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- A scanner is helpful for turning in assignments
Evaluation and Feedback
Weekly assignments receive the complete score, unless major corrections are needed. If students do their work, including the corrections, they will get a perfect score for their weekly assignments. For the assessments, more details are taken into consideration. If a student is working well and within their abilities, high marks are given.
Most weekly homework is graded the week it is turned in. Unit projects sometimes take longer, patience is given when students have technical difficulties (which often show up with the bigger projects). Feedback and corrections are given in French on the assignments. Mrs. Barstow’s goal is to make herself available to students during the week should they have trouble with any assignments.
Parents are encouraged to reach out to the teacher whenever they have concerns or questions. They can anticipate a note from her should their student get several weeks behind in their work. Parents are included as ‘observers’ of their students account and as such are able to follow their students grades and overall progress in the class. Whenever communication is made with a student about their work, the parent will be included in the email. Progress reports are sent out at the end of December, with the final grade coming in May once the final test has been graded.