L’école is in session with the French Elementary Course Posted by Transparent Language on Sep 5, 2016 in For Educators, For Learners, For Libraries, Learning Material Updates
For this generation of digital natives, using technology to learn a new skill is practically a given. What’s not so certain, though, is the quality and relevance of that tech for any given student.
If you’re teaching grade-school students, you have to be particularly careful with language learning applications – you don’t want to end up with vocabulary lists full of age-inappropriate material such as “Would you like a beer?”, nonsensical phrases like “I know your horse drinks wine”, or questionable content such as “A man without body hair is like a garden without a flower.” (Yes, we really have seen all of those in actual language-learning products!)
Fear not, there are no hairy men or drunken farm animals in our new French Elementary lessons. Specifically designed for children between 6 and 11, the 68 lessons in the French Elementary series teach age-appropriate words and phrases that elementary students actually say, covering topics like meeting friends, school supplies, and birthday parties. The course includes all of the basics (colors, numbers, and so on), but omits adult content—not even the PG stuff like booking a hotel room or buying a plane ticket. Because let’s be honest, when was the last time your 6-year-old called to make a reservation?
The 68 lessons are divided into 3 levels of increasing depth and duration, all appropriate for young, beginner learners. For example, the “Hello” lesson in Level 1 covers a handful of basic greetings, while the “Getting to Know You” lesson in Level 3 expands on those by providing additional salutations and longer phrases. You can have your students complete the levels in order, or skip around according to their schedules and skill levels.
Whether you’re a classroom teacher or the parent of a homeschooled child, the French Elementary lessons provide the ideal environment for your learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, and typing French words and phrases they’ll actually need and want to know. Eight game-like learning activities featuring native speaker audio build the four core skills in lessons short enough to hold a child’s attention. An end-of-lesson assessment lets you and your learners know where they stand, a very handy tool for parents who don’t speak the language themselves.
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