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This year, we’ve focused on providing opportunities for classroom students and homeschoolers to learn Spanish and French online. We are excited to announce the next step in that direction: the Teen Voices French course.
Intended for learners in grades 7-12, the 20-unit course focuses on the everyday life of a typical adolescent in France. Learners will follow Pierre and his family and friends who live in the beautiful town of Grenoble. The characters face typical situations like going to school, doing chores, and checking social media.
After the introductory unit, learners work through 19 authentic conversations between a group of four students all living and going to school in Grenoble, France. Learn how French teens actually talk to each other and what they like to talk about. Each unit also includes a challenging cultural reading passage related to the theme of the unit. For example, in the “Meeting Others” unit, students will read about les bises, the all-important custom of exchanging cheek kisses and how it differs throughout the Francophone world. In the “Important Dates” unit, the cultural reading explores one of the most important days in France: Bastille Day. The passages explore not only French culture, but some Swiss and Canadian culture as well.
This summer, we are releasing the first of three levels that will comprise the Teen Voices course (with Levels 2 and 3 arriving this fall). The levels are comprised of 6 or 7 units, broken down into 5 to 9 lessons. Each level equates to 1-1.5 years of study in school, for a total of 3-5 years of French instruction.
The course is delivered in Transparent Language Online, which includes a full suite of learning activities that build computer skills alongside French skills. While mastering vocabulary and internalizing grammar rules, students can practice recording audio and typing on a virtual French keyboard. Companion vocabulary lists for both the conversations and cultural readings will also be available in a mobile app, exposing students to e-learning on different platforms.
Both homeschooled and traditionally-schooled learners will enjoy 70+ hours of content focused on the everyday lives of typical teens, packed with vocabulary they will actually want to use. Also included is a workbook for additional grammatical, cultural, and lexical practice. Teachers have access to an answer key for the workbook as well as an instructor guide that outlines how to conveniently implement the 20 unit course in any school or schedule.