Middle School French for Children A
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 6–8; 9th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: T/F 8:00 a.m. ET with Mr. Loomis
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- students who are new to Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
This French course is designed for middle school students who are ready to begin their study of French grammar, reading, and conversation. The primary guide of the course will be Classical Academic Press’ French for Children, Primer A. Throughout the course students will be guided through learning vocabulary and grammar in a progressive and thorough manner with the goal of reading ability and communication. The French for Children curriculum teaches middle school students this dynamic language using the pedagogy and structure of the popular Latin for Children series combined with immersion-style dialogues and vocabulary. The course emphasizes grammar and the parts of speech as vital tools for the correct speaking and understanding of French, as well as chants and other mnemomnic devices to facilitate the ease of memorization and pronunciation. The French for Children A course is designed in a formal manner suitable to classical education, combined with the levity and approachability applicable to the age group. For a closer look at the text used in this course, please follow this link and click “Look Inside:” French for Children Primer A.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- This is intended as an introductory French course and no prior experience with French is required.
- When considering whether this course is a good fit for your student, please keep in mind that in addition to readiness for the course content, students should be developmentally prepared to engage in a 6th- to 8th-grade corporate learning environment. If your student is outside the target grade range for this class, or if you have further questions about placement, please contact us.
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Joseph Loomis earned a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, in Annapolis, MD. Before studying at St. John’s, Joseph spent 6 years studying art and architecture in New York City, principally at the Grand Central Academy of Art and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art. While studying the Fine Arts, Joseph developed a love of liberal learning, ultimately leading him back to undergraduate studies at St. John’s College. There, he developed a keen interest in learning broadly, and a hope to find a place in the world of classical education, which he believes is an essential element of cultural renewal. Joseph grew up in France, and is bilingual in English and French. He is currently a full time employee of the Classic Learning Test, an education testing initiative in Annapolis, MD, where he lives and works. email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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