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This video sheds some light on our philosophy of teaching Second Languages, in general, and French in particular. It underlines our emphasis on the verbal aspect of the language and the priority given to vocabulary over grammar at the early stages of the learning process. Furthermore, it provides the parents with a clear understanding of the intensity of our teaching methodology and approach, and of the tangible results that their child will achieve very quickly in this course.
The instructor presents a clear description of the process in this course, in order for the students to be able to perform to the maximum of their potential. Some detailed explanations of the content of the lessons, the objectives behind the activities, and the necessary steps to be taken are underlined in a very precise way.
In the course introduction video, the instructor asks the student to listen to the French audio and repeat for three times without looking at any text in French or English. Simply listening and repeating at this early stage, in a relaxed manner. After that, the student will read this PNG French and English dialogue to have a clear idea of the content of what is being listened to.
The student will be introduced to a conversation between two characters dealing with magic expressions, salutations, and commonly asked questions. After reading the English version so the meaning of the French text will be understood, the student will listen to the reading, repeat after the instructor, and say the words properly. Then the student will have the opportunity to use the vocabulary acquired to respond, in French, with intonation and expression, to a series of questions.
After the verbal activity of question and answer, the student will listen to a series of words and will choose the right version based on the proper pronunciation.
The student will listen to each question, pause the video and triy to respond to the question in a complete sentence. Once the video is turned on again, the student will hear one or more answers to the question by the instructor. This way, the student will be able to compare the answer he/she gave to the instructor's, and the student will have the opportunity to enrich his/her vocabulary by listening and grasping the meaning of the various answers.
An activity that will test the ability of the student to distinguish between the sound of some vowels in French and English. It will offer the student the opportunity to measure their understanding of the spoken words, by simply hearing them and without looking at the text. At this early stage, this activity will enable the student to be aware of the pronunciation of some tricky sounds such as " u, ou" between French and English. Right after the instructor says two words or expressions, the student will choose between A or B, by pausing the video, and then listening to the instructor's answer and review, once the video is turned on.
During the review, the instructor will give a detailed explanation to make the student know where the mistake is so it will be avoided in the future.
This video will shed some light on the use of some expressions in the French language in general, and in Canada in particular. There is a detailed explanation in French and English to enlighten the students and to make them aware of the differences between some expressions in both French and English.
This lesson will expose the student to responding to questions verbally without seeing the questions. It is the first step towards ebaling the student to use the vocabulary of the first lesson in a very challenging way.
This is an opportunity for the student to read with the instructor, at the same pace and speed. It allows the student to gain confidence and to have someone to read with all the time. Furthermore, it exposes the student to a unique contact with the instructor, by reading the dialogue in a live situation.
This video will provide the students with the opportunity to use the vocabulary they learned in lesson1. They will be asked to respond to some general and specific questions and they will be challenged by the instructor to be specific sometimes. This activity, along with the replies of the instructor, the review, comments and detailed explanations will enhance the ability of the students to use the language in a proper way.
A comprehensive view of the approach and a detailed presentation of what the student will be able to learn in this lesson. The vocabulary presented is a continuation of what had been already presented in the first and second lesson, which will enable the student to talk about personal information.
The student, while knowing the meaning of the content of the dialogue, will feel more at ease psychologically to listen and repeat after the instructor. The ability to connect with the text will be enhanced and the result will be more satisfactory.
A dialogue that will help the student talk about:
- date, months
- place of residence
- numbers between 1-60
It will enrich the vocabulary of the student and help in making the student more fluent and more self-confident in speaking French.
In this series of questions, the student will have the opportunity to build upon what was learned, retained, and above all, used in the previous lessons. The student will speak about personal matters concerning age, birthday, grade, numbers...
The answers of the instructor with their variety will help the student learn more than one answer in order to add to what has already covered.
Furthermore, the student will be able to compare his/her answers to those of the teacher and that element will sharpen the verbal competency of the student.
In this activity, the student will not see the sentences or the words spoken by the instructor. The student will listen to a statement, reply, question, and will give the appropriate reply. If it is a question, a reply is needed. If it is an answer, a question based on this answer is required. The instructor gives a full and detailed explanation of what to do. Once the student hears the sentence, he/she will pause the video and try to come up with a proper reply. Once the video is turned on, the student will hear the reply of the instructor with a review. It is an activity that will test the listening skill of the student while challenging him/her to remember the vocabulary acquired.
This activity will make the student feel that there is someone accompanying him/her on the journey of learning French. The student will listen, observe, learn and execute the necessary techniques that produce good readers. It is a hands on approach that will keep the student engaged as well as eager to measure his/her progress and reading skill.
The dialogue of lesson 4 is introduced in this video, with emphasis on the important points covered and on the next steps in the first part. The student, as usual, is reminded of the process of approaching the lesson and the dialogue to achieve the best results.
We provide the English version of the dialogue to make the student feel at ease so the concentration on the French dialogue and audio will be at maximum. The more the student becomes exposed to the content of French dialogues and their vocabulary ahead of time, the more comfortable he/she will be to digest and retain the content of the French text.
The student will learn to talk about:
- number of months in a year
- number of seasons
- favorite season
- what languages spoken at home by the characters
- other points of personal interest
In this video clip, the student will have the opportunuty to respond to some specific and general questions dealing with the content of the dialogue, in complete sentences in French. Sometimes the instructor challenges the student to see how much the student is able to remember from the vocabulary acquired.
An activity that will encourage the student to review the vocabulary, the questions and answers in order to check the gender of some nouns and to choose "True" or " False" based on the spelling of respective adjective.
The review will remind the student of the gender of the nouns involved in the activity and of some questions used in the dialogues. It is a convenient way to do a quick and general review. The fact that the student should have 14/20 correct will put pressure on him/her to review the vocabulary covered before choosing the answer. It is a good way for the parents to check the progress of their child.
In this lesson, the student will be exposed to a variety of questions and answers dealing with the various special occasions of the year. The information presented is not limited to a specific lesson but rather itt reflects our intention of providing the student with a relevant vocabulary that will help him/her become more fluent in French and more confident in speaking this language. The content of this slide is so helpful and important that the listening to it every once in a while will facilitate the process of speaking French in a very significant way. The rules of grammar are explained in context and not in an abstract way, so the student can digest them and understand them fully.
A very rich, comprehensive and detailed video of the use of some basic vocabulary in French. The student will be introduced to the grammar rule while learning the vocabulary in context. It is not a dry nor an abstract way of understanding what one says and why one says it. It is a universal approach that will teach the student a great deal of vocabulary while explaining the difference between French and English in using this vocabulary.
My experience in teaching second languages and mainly French has convinced me that this type of activity is of great importance in improving the level of the reading skill. Since the student will not be judged while making some mistakes in reading, but rather will be encouraged to improve and to imitate the instructor, psychologically speaking, the student will feel at ease, become aware of the right pronunciation of some words and expressions, strive to read at the same pace and speed of the instructor and reach a certain level of advanced fluency in reading aloud.
An introduction to the lesson that will shed some light on the content of the activities as well as on the expectations from the student's perspective.
An in-depth review of the rich vocabulary presented to the student in the first section. The instructor will re-inforce the knowledge of the student of the new vocabulary and will highlight the differences between French and English. This review will be a reference lesson that the student can go to occasionally to refresh his/her memory.
A challenging activity that requires concentration and understanding of the verbal language. The student will listen to 15 statement and will choose True or False based on his/her own recollection of the content of the previous lessons. It is an exercise which introduces the student to reading between the lines, understanding the spoken word and choosing the right answer.
In this introduction to the section and the course, the instructor will set the objectives that the student should aim at. He will underline the importance of what has been acquired in the first 5 lessons, and also the necessity to widen the scope of learning and the enrichment of vocabulary which will enable the student to use the verb to be in a very effective way.
The student has already seen and used some of the conjugation of the verb to be. This video presents this verb in context and the instructor will go over it again and explain the technical points in the use of this verb in French, as far as the agreement between the adjective and the noun or the pronoun....
A detailed explanation of the nature of this verb in French, its role, usage and impact on the other parts of the sentence. The instructor will remind the student of the use of this verb previously and will go ove the new vocabulary to facilitate the understanding of this complexe verb.
The English version of the text that the student will read before watching the video. This activity will help the student understand the content of the dialogue and will feel more at ease psychologically.
The student will listen, first then read along, a dialogue on the use of the verb "être, tobe". The characters will help the student get aquainted with the way this verb is used, by asking questions to each other and responding to them. It is an opportunity for the student to learn the role of this verb vis-à-vis the agreement of the adjective and the gender and number notions.
As usual, after each dialogue, the student will be tested by the instructor on his/her comprehension of the content of the dialogue, by responding to some specific and general questions dealing with use of the verb to be. The student is asked to pause the video after each question and give a complete and creative reply by using the vocabulary acquired, before listening to the reply of the instructor who will help the student enrich his/her answer as well as polish the language used in the reply. It is an opportunity for the student to become more fluent in the verbal expression and in gaining more self-confidence and learning at the same time.
This is the first opportunity in the course where the student will have a limited time, a few seconds, to respond to each question. There are 20 questions and the student should not miss more than 5 questions, in order to complete the activity. It is a challenging improvisation exercise where the student will use the retained vocabulary, in a question and answer format, without any interruption. Later on, in another video clip, the instructor will give a detailed set of answers to the student with a full review.
The challenge for the student is to not pause the video, but to let it run until the end. This is very important. We want to help the student measure his/her progress in a concrete way and not to have the perception of being fluent without being put to test. This is extremely relevant to the student and to the parents. After learning about the mistakes made, the student can review the previous lessons in order to get a better result.
The instructor will provide a detailed review of the possible answers to the questions of the interview. The student will see the variety of possibilities and will be able to compare the answers given by him/her with the answers of the instructor. It is a way to raise the level of fluency and self-confidence of the student.
This activity will insure that the student understands the content of the dialogue, is able to read between the lines and choose the right answer. The 15 sentences will challenge the student while reminding him/her of the importance of concentration, attention and repetition in learning French or any second language.
The instructor will give a detailed review of the answers.
In this activity, the student will read with the instructor and that will enhance his/her reading competency and self-condidence. And since the student will imitate the expression, the intonation, the reaction to certain sentences of the instructor, it will make the student feel at ease and also know that there is someone willing to read with him or her anytime.
This lesson deals with the notion of gender and number in French, especially when the verb 'to be" is used. The instructor will go over the various activities and will highlight the differences between French and English in this regard.
The student will listen, repeat and read an dialogue between a mother and her child on the use of articles in French. It is an introduction to the lesson on articles and it makes the student feel at ease by learning some new vocabulary in a humouristic way.
The student will respond verbally to a number of questions without seeing them dealing with the content of the dialogue. As usual, the instructor will challenge the student to use the vocabulary acquired in French and in complete sentences.
This video presents a detailed explanation of the French definite and indefinite articles, their use in relevant examples and the importance of these articles in French vis-à-vis the English language.
This activity will engage the student who will give the English version of some French verbs and vice versa. It will also challenge the student to remember how we use these words and expressions in French. Also, the challenge that the student will take up is to be able to give the correct answer on the spot, without going back to the dialogue or activities.
The instructor will review the answers and will elaborate on the use of those words and expressions, to make the student aware of the context in which they can be used. The comments will help the student understand the nuances in the use of these words.
The student will have the opportunity to respond to general questions in which the verb to be is used. Those questions will deal with a variety of personal interest where the student will use the vocabulary seen in the conjugation slide and in previous lessons. The instructor will respond to these questions as well, to help the student improve their choice of words, polish their verbal expression and see where they stand as far as understanding the use of this important verb in French.
The student will read with the teacher the dialogue on the articles, before the teacher gives a detailed axplanation of gender, number and definite and indefinite articles in French.
The student will listen to some statements on the dialogue, Grand-mère sait tout and will say, true or false, based on the dialogue. It is an exercise that will initiate the student to read between the lines in French, by recognizing the negative sentences.
Thisnlist of verbs is used to ask questions to doseveral activities. Their precise nature highlights the difference between French and English in using some of these verbs.
In this video, the instructor highlights the importance of using some technical verbs in French as opposed to English. These questions are commonly used in daily situations and sometimes they are not used properly.
As we have already stated, if the student understands the content of the dialogue ahead of time, he/she will feel more at ease psychologically to learn the new vocabulary, use it and read it.
In this dialogue, the student will be introduced to a conversation between the chalkboard and the dest. The sense of humour exhibited in the text will engage the student and will make him/her learn some new vocabulary without any difficulty.
The student will be deilled on the content of the dialogue by responding in French to a set of questions dealing with the dialogue. This activity will offer the student the opportunity to use the vocabulary and feel at ease in expressing himself/herself.
In this activity, the student will use his/her ability to digest the new vocabulary and learn how to form a sentence by putting the words in a logical order.
In this review, the instructor will underline some important points about the sentence structure in French, and will enlighten the student on how to put the words in a logical order.
In this activity, the student will fill in the blank the words given. He/she will have to review the text, understand each sentence and choose the right word. This type of activity seems simple but it goes beyond the words to the meaning of each sentence and the role each word plays in the sentence.
The detailed review emphasizes the discrepancy in the use of some False-Friends= Faux-Amis in French and English. The instructor will shed some light on the use of prepositions with the verbs already acquired. As we know, it is a common knowledge that some students speak French by translating word by word without taking into account the context. Therefore, their French is influenced by Anglicism and sometimes it does not convey the message they want to communicate.
In this activity, the student will apply the information acquired about the use of definite articles in French. he/she will try to remember the vocabulary acquired in the dialogues and relate to what the instructor presented about the notion of gender and number in French. For the parents, this activity will prove that their child is grasping the rules of grammar while using the proper vocabulary in context.
The instructor will go over the correct answers and elaborate on the notion og gender and number, on the pronunciation in French, and on the meaning of some words and expressions.
Through that list, the student will review the important words and expressions used in the lesson and will be able to remember them as a list and make use of them in sentences.
This activity constitutes a review of the nouns used in the lesson Le Tableau. The student will respond verbally and in a short time to the questions of the instructor and will be able to check how many correct or incorrect answers are made.
A reading activity that will enhance the ability of the student to read aloud in public and make him/her feel at ease by having the instructor interact with him/her.
In this dialogue, as in others, we underline the importance of humour in the material presented to the student, to engage the learners and to make them use some difficult prepositions, in context, in a much relaxed and easier way. Some new verbs and expressions are also introduced so the student can master them and use them in conversation. The characters speak for the students and make them laugh and learn the new vocabulary and this, in our view, is the ultimate goal of our course.
The student will be aware of the meaning of the dialogue before listening to it and this can influence his/her ability to relate to the information presented. Furthermore, it will make the student feel at ease without worrying about translating and will help produce the exact reaction to the various elements of the dialogue.
This conversation between the ceiling and the floor will make the student laugh and indirectly will engage him/her and offer them the opportunity to use the prepositions in context without difficulty. The fact that two characters talk about classroom objects and about being happy in life creates a kind of ease and fun ambiance that makes the learning process goes very smoothly.
As we stated in our introduction to the course, the ability of the student to use the vocabulary acquired is extremely relevan in a French language class. It is not enough to know the meaning of the words and expressions, nor to read them, but rather to use them with expression and intonation that contribute to improving the level of fluency, and ultimately the level of self-confidence of the student. The multiple answers of the instructor will help the student overcome the difficulty of choosing the right expression and will enrich the vocabulary already acquired.
An activity on the conjugation of the verb to be that will highlight the use of the new vocabulary and will offer the student a new opportunity to use it.
In this review, the student will reinforce the knowledge of conjugating the verb to be presented in the previous lessons and will learn a new vocabulary which will be explained in detail by the instructor. A usual, each activity is a source of learning and an evaluation of the progress of the student.
In this exercise, the student will become aware of the changes that need to be made when an adjective becomes feminine and also when a common noun has a feminine version. The spelling, pronunciation and intonation change and these elements are very important in the spoken language.
The instructor will review the basic notion og gender in French, as far as common nouns, personal pronouns and adjectives. A detailed explanation of the effects of the changes on the pronunciation, spelling and intonation is given to remind the student that French is a musical language and sometimes the pronunciation of the word in the spoken language can have a very important influence on the understanding of the conversation.
In this activity, the student will have to read the dialogue in French and English several times in order to choose the right answer without going back and forth to the text. The idea is not to be 100% correct. It is rather to be 100%accurate but without checking the answers constantly in the dialogue. The student, by understanding the content, should be able to read between the lines and to choose the correct answer.
In this review, The instructor will touch upon many points already explained in the previous chapters on gender and number. There is a detailed explanation of the answers and a clarification of some notions in French concerning the difference between adjectives that must agree and adverbs that never change.
As I stated many times, if the student speaks the language properly and correctly, the process of reading and writing becomes a lot easier. In this activity, the student will try to figure out how the sentence is structured in French by appealing to the vocabulary already used.
In this activity, with the help of the instructor, the student will be able to improve his/her writing skills and understanding of the stucture of sentences in French.
Through that list, the student will review the important words and expressions used in the lesson and will be able to remember them as individually in specific context and make use of them in sentences.
A very effective exercise to instill in the student the love of reading publicly with intonation and expression. The fact that the student is reading alone with the instructor can make the challenge rewarding and gratifying.
A funny conversation that will engage the student and introduce him/her to some reflexive verbs and new expressions.
In this activity, the student will witness a situation that happens in real life so often during, and will learn to use some reflexive verbs and technical expressions with verb to be and other verbs. The adjectives and their role are highlighted also.
An in-depth analysis of the role of verb to be in french with respect to the notion og gender and number, agreement between adjectives and nouns or pronouns. The student will be exposed to the use of some rich expressions that will help him/her build a solid vocabulary in order to reach a good level of verbal fluency in this language.
In This introduction, we will highlight the importance of the verb "To Have" in French, as an auxiliary verb as well as a transitive verb used in many instances in French. We have already used this verb in conversation in the previous lesson, and now, it will be an opportunity for the student to use it in conversation.
In this video, the student will see the conjugation of the second auxiliary verb in French, a very important verb, along with the verb "to Be". The sentences and the variety of use will help the student use this verb in context.
In this slide, the student will be encouraged to respond to a series of questions and the instructor will provide a variety of responses. It is an opportunity for the student to use the vocabulary on this verb in context and to be familiarized with the nuances of the usage of this important verb.
The student will be aware of the meaning of the dialogue before listening to it and this can influence his/her ability to relate to the information presented. Furthermore, it will make the student feel at ease without worrying about translating and will help improve the reading skill and sharpen the awareness towards the content of the French text.
In this dialogue, the student will be engaged because it describes an element of their daily live at school. The verb"to have" is used extensively and other "er" verbs that will enrich the vocabulary of the student. The element of humour exhibited by the characters add to the value of this dialogue since it engages the student to perform, to speak the language with intonation and expression.
This dialogue deals with a real situation and uses the verb to have and other "er" verbs. The questions qill make the student aware of the nuances in the use of "avoir, to have" and will widen his/her scope of understanding other type of verbs. Since the conversation deals with a student's life, the relationship between the student and the character become so close and helpful to the fluency of the student.
An exercise that will initiate the student into recognizing what version of the verb is used with a particular subject. It will shed some light on the meaning and nuances in using the verb To Have in French. The vocabulary used will enrich what the student has already acquired and will open the door to new challenges.
A comprehensive review of the correction and of the basic elements in conjugating this irregular verb. The instructor will go into detail to explain the nuances and the idiomatic use of this important auxiliary. The review will offer the student the opportunity to use the new vocabulary in context and will provide the parents with the chance to see the progress of their child in French.
This activity puts emphasis on the retention of the new vocabulary by the student. The student will be challenged to know what the words mean after reading them in the dialogue and after digesting the meaning of the French version by reading the English translation at first. It is also an activity that is a sort of a flashback into the previous dialogues.
A comprehensive review of the replies, their relevance to the previous lessons, their use in specific context in french, the difference between their usage in English and French and the nuances surrounding their meaning. It is an opportunity to define the role of the verb "avoir" vis-àvis the "er" verbs in some sentences and the role of the preposition "à" and "de".
In this exercise, the student will have to get back to the previous lessons and check the gender of the nouns. In these sentences there are adjectives that should help students know whether a noun is masculine or feminine. These are clues that students should recognize. It makes the process of speaking, using the vocabulary and writing it a lot easier.
The comments of the instructor will enable the student to measure his/her degree of understanding and retention of the information given on the gender of nouns and adjectives in French as well as of the use of indefinite articles.
This activity challenges the student to take the context into account before choosing the proper answer. Each verb is used in a different context. Sometimes, by choosing a verb, the sentence does not have any logical meaning and therefore the reply is not correct.
After reading and using the conjugation of both verbs, the student will have to understand the vocabulary of the sentence b=in order to make the right choice. The understanding of the context and of the grammar points already explained become a necessity and a challenge.
This video presents a comprehensive view of the verb To Have in French. Its content is a valuable resource for any student in French since it sheds some light on the nature of this verb, on the vocabulary used with it, on the technical aspect in using it and on the imperative form associated with this verb.
As in every lesson, the instructor will offer the opportunity to the student to use the new vocabulary verbally at first by responding to a set of questions, and by being helped and corrected on the spot. This process will help the student know where his/her mistakes are and learn how to correct them. Besides, the variety of answers provided by the instructor will enlighten the student and will enrich his/her reservoir of French words and expressions. In our view, this is the fluency at its best;
In French, there are many idiomatic expressions that can constitute a source of difficulty for the student who comes from an English background. The verb to have is well known for these idioms and therefore the mastery of those expressions, as this chapter is set to achieve, can be very helpful to a proper expression in French. The fact that the same thing is used with two different verbs, in French with to have and in English with to be, can in itself be problematic. However, the characters in the dialogue and the actifity will prepare the student for that challenge.
The instructor will present a detailed description of the meaning of these expressions and will remind the student that the mastery of these idiomatic sentences can be achieved through practice, reading and comprehension of the differences between French and English.
The instructor presents a detailed explanation of the role of these expressions and of the differences between their usage in English and French. Beside analysing the meaning of the expressions themselves, the instructor sheds some light on the nuances surrounding their use in French.
In this activity, the student will be exposed to the use of idiomatic expressions with the verb To Have in French and English. He/she will have a clear idea of the content and will concentrate on how to use these expressions.
In this dialogue, the student will see closely how the idiomatic expressions with avoir are used in context. The characters will help the student use the new vocabulary properly. Moreover, the student will be able to ask questions and respond to questions on those expressions and will understand fully the importance of using them correctly in french since they are used with the verb to be in English and constitute a major problem for many students who are learning French.
The instructor will present to the student situations in which these expressions must be used. Through translation from French to English and vice versa, the student will get to use these expressions properly.
As usual, this activity is very important to the student because he/she aims to feel being at the same level of competency as the instructor. It is rewarding since there is someone to read with and pedagogically relevant due to the imitation process and role modeling.
Through a variety of slides in which the verbs ending with "er" are conjugated, the student will be well prepared to use these verbs in conversation at first before writing them in sentences. Furthermore, a slide that introduces a detailed analysis of the difference between the false friends, Faux-Amis, which are similar words or verbs in spelling but with very different meaning in French and English. The instructor will highlight those differences and will make the student aware of these differences through examples.
The variety of verbs in different setting of vocabulary will enrich the reservoir of words of the student and will make the latter able to speak French properly by responding to and asking a variety of questions in which this group of verbs is used.
The instructor will present in details the meaning of the "er" verbs in French compared to English, put emphasis on the pronunciation, highlight the negative formation, the variety of personal subject pronouns in French, in a very detailed and clear explanation that will remain a source of reference for the student in future lessons.
A practical situation described by the characters who speak for and to the student about particular circumstances. The use of the "er" verbs in context enables the learner to feel at ease, laugh and enjoy learning different expressions in order to be able to speak about his/her own situation. Through humour and role playing, the content of the dialogue becomes engaging and relevant in the eyes of the learner.
In this video, the instructor will drill the student on the content of the dialogue as well as putting questions to him/her dealing with personal hobbies, activities and actions. It is a way to encourage the student to use the vocabulary acquired instantly. And with help of the instructor's replies, the student will feel at ease because there is someone who is willing and able to underline the mistakes made and to correct them.
After listening to and watching several slides on "er" verbs, on the nuances surrounding their use, pronunciation and meaning in English, this activity is an opportunity for the student to test his/her degree of digesting the information. Beside knowing the right version of the verb, the student will learn a new vocabulary that will be useful in conversation and in writing.
Like every activity, the instructor will go into details while explaining the nuances surrounding the meaning of some verbs in French and English, the use of the preposition and the overall picture of French verbs usage.
In this activity, the student will have to understand the sentence, the context before choosing the appropriate verb. Then he/she will have to conjugate the verb accordingly. The richness of the vocabulary in this activity will help the student improve the use of technical verbs in the proper context. Besides, the vocabulary will be an asset when the students responds to quesrions in which these verbs are used.
The instructor will review the correction and will emphasize the meaning and the use of the verbs involved. He will put some questions to the student for vocabulary enrichment and will respond to these questions in a detailed manner.
The proper use of prepositions in French with verbs in general is a daunting task for Anglophone students. It is a question of practice and memory. This activity will introduce the student to some "er" verbs with which we use different prepositions depending on the context. Sometimes prepositions are not used whereas is English they are and this create difficulty for students in general.
In this review, the instructor give the vorrect answers and will explain the nuances surrounding the use of prepositions in French. The student will become aware of the importance of prepositions in French since some of them are not used the same way in English. Whether a verb takes a preposition such as "à, de" or not becomes a source of difficulty for many students. The instructor helps the student understand the contexte which will make the application of the grammar rules less complexe and more accurate.
This activity is a sort of an interview, an open conversation between the instructor and the student. after having listened to and read the conjugation of "er" verbs in the present tense in complete sentences and with rich vocabulary, now is the time for the student to use what he/she heard and retained. the instructor will give a wide range of answers that will add to the vocabulary already acquired.
As in the individual reading sessions before, this activity will enhance the ability of the student to read with intonation and expression. The fact that the student will read the part of various characters will encourage him/her to take the context into account and to say the words and expressions accordingly.
This video introduces the verb "aller, to go" to the student and puts emphasis on some important elements that describes this important verb in French. Since this verb has been used before, in this lesson the student will find it easier to learn about the nuances in using it in conversation and in writing.
In this slide, the student will see and listen to the conjugation of the verb "to go" in context, used in its real meaning and figurative/idiomatic one. The content of the sentences will help the student learn how to use this verb in conversation and in writing.
In this activity, the student will become fully aware of the importance of the verb "aller" in French and English also. The questions and replies will shed a great deal of light on the technical use of this verb, as being a semi-auxiliary verb used in the near future as well as in an idiomatic fashion. The student will find the answers relevant to his/her mastery of the vocabulary which will lead to a better level of verbal as well as written fluency.
Since the student has already seen and listen to the conjugation of the verb "to go", the process of learning about the nuances surrounding its use in French becomes easier to digest.
In this slide, the student will see and listen to an explanation of some terms, expressions used in French. he/she will learn how to use them, what to avoid, make a distinction between their meaning in French and English, and polish his verbal and written expression. It is a very relevant analysis of the nuances of the French language that will remain a source of reference for the student in the future.
This video will help the student make up sentences in french properly. It will provide the student with the written answers to the various questions asked in the first two sections, mainly where the verbs 'to be and to have" are used. The variety of answers will remain as a reference resource so the student can go back to and can use it to write in French.
The student and the parents will be able to see closely the uniqueness of my course based on the tangible results after doing this sample lesson. They will realize that if a student, by following my instructions is able to respond to a set of questions in French after a few days, this will be a good progress.
This slide will make the student know what he/she is going to be listening to and that will encourage the student and excite his/her curiosity.
A dialogue rich in vocabulary about the personal situation of the character which will be transmitted to the student who will be able to digest the material and know how to use it in conversation.
This format of question and answer is extremely helpful to the students at an early stage. It will empower them and provide them with the required vocabulary to use the language verbally with confidence.
An exercise in reading that will give more self-confidance to the student to read with the instructor.
In this slide, parents and students will have the chance to preview one lesson and discover what makes my course unique. The level of the dialogue is a bit more advanced compared to the other preview lesson.
The English text will help the student digest the meaning and be able to respond to the comprehension questions with ease.
This dialogue deals with winter activities, weather and seasons. The lesson gives a general idea on how I present my lessons in this course and on the material, approach used in my teaching. It is a free of charge so the parents and the students will become
These questions are a sample of my approach and methodology to halp the student improve his/her verbal fluency in French.
A challenging activity where the student will give the French version of the English words and expressions on the spot since the instructor will give the answer right away. The student is challenged to remember the words in French. The instructor provide the answers and comments on them.
This activity is extremely relevant because it encourages the student to imitate the instructor and will make him/her gain more self-confidance. The student will not feel alone when reading. he/she will always feel there is someone to read with with intonation and expression.
This Introductory French course puts emphasis on the verbal aspect of the French language. It covers a wide range of material used in all schools, from Grades 2-8 and beyond, where French is taught. We prepared this unique course with two main recipients in mind: - On one hand, the students who have never had any contact with the French language, so they can develop their verbal fluency before the written one, and those who had learned French previously but need to improve their vocabulary and speaking proficiency in French. - On the other hand, the parents who have no knowledge of the French language, so that, due to our unique methodology, videos' content and reviews, they can follow the daily progress of their children and feel confident enough to monitor their progress.
Upon completing this intensive French course, the students with no previous knowledge of French will build a solid and rich vocabulary that will enable them to use the language properly and instantly, verbally first, read with expression and intonation and then write, by responding to the challenging opportunties created by the instructor through every lesson. And those with some contact with the French language, will feel more empowered to speak French correctly by exposing them to a practical, simple yet advanced vocabulary that will enrich what they have already acquired, and will make them aware of the errors made due to the influence of the English language on their ability to express themselves in French.
This video-course is intended for:
This course is open to any student who has no French language studies previously, and to others who had some knowledge but want to improve their verbal fluency. The instructor's unique and innovative approach, the variety of activities, the content of the material presented in a progressive manner to respond to the needs of students at various levels, and the opportunities provided to the learners to speak French, will undoubtedly engage any student who is willing to be challenged in a very creative way.
Section 1: 7 lessons. 3 dialogues. 29 videos.
The foundation of a solid vocabulary to make the student able to speak and read French with a psychological ease.
Section 2: 13 lessons, 5 dialogues, 49 videos
Section 3: 4 lessons, 2 dialogues, 22 videos
Section 4: 5 lessons, 1 dialogue, 13 videos
Section 5: 2 lessons, 6 videos
Each lesson has one or more of the following activities with a comprehensive review:
Resources (parents’ section):
Merci, and I am looking forward to working with you and your child.
For over 40 years, I have been devoting my energy and time to improving the teaching of Second Languages, mainly French, to a wide range of learners, from Junior Kindergarten kids, to professional adults, university and Homeschooled students. My personal formation, research, writing and experience have convinced me that the learning and teaching of a Second Language must go through the GATE of speaking that language first, in order for the journey to be a worthwhile adventure.
Therefore, my commitment to my students and to their parents is to accompany them through this journey, and to help them fulfill their dream of becoming REALLY fluent in speaking French first, then reading and writing this beautiful language.
After the child listens for 15 minutes a day to the video on the dialogue, for a few days, he /she will be able to respond to questions posed by the instructor. The key for the student is not to pass or fail, but rather to be able to respond without hesitation to the questions of the instructor. Even the parents can conduct the interview later on, by putting the questions to the student in English and asking the student to respond in French.
While preparing these interview questions and answers, we took into account the fact that many parents are not familiar with the French language. Therefore, we provided them with the following to make the evaluation process simple and relevant:
- One video with the French questions only, that they can use to put the questions to the student.
- Another video with a full review, including answers, comments, what to look for in the answer, in French and English.
- pdf documents of the French questions and the content of the review in French and English.
In order for this evaluation to be successful, the parents need to listen to the Review video first and have a clear idea of what to expect. Afterwards, they can run the video questions and let the student listen to the questions without responding. Simply the student will listen and have an idea of the questions.
After that, the parents will run the video questions and pause it after each question, to let the student respond, then check the answer on the Review video. This way, the student and the parents will be able to see whether the answer corresponds to the answer on the Review Video. Furthermore, the student, by listening to the review, will see where the mistakes are and will learn to correct them and avoid making them again.
In this interview, the parents will have an idea about the ability of the student to respond to specific questions in French dealing with the vocabulary of the lesson 1. The student has already listened to these questions and answers before. The parents are provided with:
- pdf documents of the French questions and the content of the review.
In order for this evaluation to be successful, the parents need to listen to the Review video and have a clear idea of what to expect. Afterwards, they can run the video questions and let the student listen to the questions without responding. Simply the student will listen and have an idea of the questions.
After that, the parents will run the video questions and pause it after each question, to let the student respond, then check the answer on the Review video. This way, the student and the parents will be able to see whether the answer corresponds to the answer on the Review Video. Furthermore, the student, by listening to the review, will see where the mistakes are and tearn how to correct them
The content of this activity deals with the ability of the student to determine whether the French sentence reflects accurately the content of the English one. If not, a correction should be made and the student will be challenged to discover the error in the French version..
In this video, The instructor will go over the corrections and will explain the reason for which this correction needs to be done.
This activity is based on the translation of some sentences from English to French. The student has already been aware of the differences so far between some expressions in French and English. In our view, the ability of the student to translate the content and not word by word will influence his/her verbal fluency in both French and English.
In this slide, the parents will become more familiar with the work of their child in French by comparing the answers given by the child to the instructor's answers.
In this activity, the student will see the written content of the verbal activity in lesson 6. It will be a good idea if the parent can listen to the verbal activity in lesson 6 so they can evaluate, with the student, the result, before giving the student this test. Some words, when heard, require an understanding of the content and context of the sentence, whereas, when written, they can be easily understood.
In this review, the parents will be able to evaluate the performance of the student on the test. All the necessary information is given in French and English. It will be very beneficial if the parent and the student listen to the verbal activity with the evaluation in lesson 6. This way, the student can compare the written sentences to the verbal ones and see where the mistakes are.
In this interview, the parents will have an idea about the ability of the student to respond to specific questions in French dealing with the vocabulary of lessons 3 and 4. The student has already listened to these questions and answers before. The parents are provided with:
As mentioned in the previous lesson introducing the interview questions, this video will enable the parents to monitor the progress of the student as far as verbal fluency in French. Listening to the video ahead of time will make the parents who do not speak French better prepared and more confident to measure the fluency of the student.
This exercise will show how well the student is digesting the information and is able to use this information properly. This activity will provide him/her with the opportunity of measuring the daily progress made in the couse after listening to the review.
This review of the activity will encourage the student to think beyond what is on the page. Enough vocabulary has been introduced to the student and these types of activities allow the student to use the French vocabulary and to draw some conclusions when comparing it to the English vocabulary.
In doing this activity, the student will become aware of the notion of gender and number in French, the agreement between adjectives and nouns or pronouns. It will also make the student understand that if the meaning of a sentence is a general one, to change it from singular to plural does not add anything new. Therefore, it should be left in the singular.
In this activity, the parents will be able see closely whether the student has grasped fully the notion of gender and number in French. The review by the instructor is extensive, clear and very relevant.
This activity should be done after the student has the chance to do it verbally in lesson 15 and to listen to the review. This way, the parents will listen to the verbal answers of the student and see whether the student's answers correspond with the answers of the instructor. The student should have at least 21 words correct out of 28.
The second challenging part of this activity is for the student to write the French word correctly. The parents will pause the video after the instructor says the English word, to provide the time for the student to give the French version of the word, and also to write the word in French.Then, the parents will be able to check if the student can write the word correctly in French by comparing the student's answer to the the correct version on the answer sheet provided.
In this exercise, the student will put the words in a logical order. He/she has already seen, learned and used the words.
In this activity, the parents will see the progress of their child in forming simple sentences in French in a logical way, after they listened to him/her repeat, read and use similar sentences in the previous lessons.
A series of 20 statements about the French language which were covered extensively in the first 5 lessons. The student will check true or false. This activity will test the memory of the students, their ability to digest the information conveyed through the lessons, and their awareness of the differences in the use of some words and expressions between French and English.
This activity is a review of some rules, expressions, exceptions, general information that the student heard, read, learned through the previous lessons. The instructor will go through the activity by providing the exact answers with a detailed explanation that will refresh the memory and the knowledge of the student. Basically, it is an exercise that will make the student feel at ease once the activity is well understood and digested.
In this interview, the parents will have an idea about the ability of the student to respond to specific questions in French dealing with the vocabulary of the verb To Be. The student has already listened to these questions and answers before. The parents are provided with:
After that, the parents will run the video questions and pause it after each question, to let the student respond, then check the answer on the Review video. This way, the student and the parents will be able to see whether the answer corresponds to the answer on the Review Video. Furthermore, the student, by listening to the review, will see where the mistakes are and will learn to correct them and avoid making them again.
This Review video will enable the parents to monitor the progress of the student as far as verbal fluency in French. Listening to the video ahead of time will make the parents who do not speak French better prepared and more confident to measure the fluency of the student.
In this activity, the student will be exposed to the role of some prepositions in French and English. Some prepositions constitute a major problems for students in French because they translate literally from English to French.
In this activity, the parents will be able to see the progress their child has made with respect to the use of prepositions in French, which can be different from English.
The more students learn new words in context, the more he, she will be able to use them verbally first and also in writing. In this activity, the student will try how to form a logical sentence based on the dialogues read and on the questions and answers presented through the course.
In this slide, the parents will follow the progress of their child if forming logical sentences in French.
In this interview, the parents will have an idea about the ability of the student to respond to specific questions in French dealing with the vocabulary of the verb To Have. The student has already listened to these questions and answers before. The parents are provided with:
In this interview, the parents will have an idea about the ability of the student to respond to specific questions in French dealing with the vocabulary Section 3. The student has already listened to these questions and answers before. The parents are provided with:
After that, the parents will run the video questions and pause it after each question, to let the student respond, then check the answer on the Review video. This way, the student and the parents will be able to see whether the answer corresponds to the answer on the Review Video. Furthermore, the student, by listening to the review, will see where the mistakes are and tearn how to correct them.
The student will choose the appropriate form of the verb after listening to the explanation of the instructor. This activity reinforces the knowledge of the student about the irregular nature of this verb in French, which the student has already seen, listen to and read in complete sentences previously.
The instructor, while giving the appropriate answer, will go over the details of the sentences used, will explain the use of a certain vocabulary and will reinforce the knowledge of the student with respect to the use and conjugation of the verb "aller;to go".
The variety of subjects will challenge the student to think before choosing the correct form and spelling of verb "aller". It is a reinforcement of what the student saw in the previous activity but with an emphasis on the differnt subjects used in the exercise.
The instructor will provide the correct answers and will explain the reason for which the verb should be at a specific person and in what form.
In this interview, the parents will have an idea about the ability of the student to respond to specific questions in French dealing with the vocabulary of ER verb s and To Go. The student has already listened to these questions and answers before. The parents are provided with:
In this interview, the parents will have an idea about the ability of the student to respond to specific questions in French dealing with the vocabulary of section 4 on ER verbs and To Go.. The student has already listened to these questions and answers before. The parents are provided with: