Class Information

  Jr. High French


Junior high French will be taught with the same book from last year, “ 5-Minute French” by Berlitz, along with the free app, Duolingo, which will require access to a computer, tablet, or smart phone.

This class is intended for students who can write and read short sentences comfortably. Students from last year really lovedthis book, despite its intensity. 

Every Monday, an voicemail will be due.


1) These books come with an audio portion. 

Last year, students tended to avoid the audio portion- but it is essential. Some parents from last year were taken aback by the speed of the voices, and last year’s students found the audio portion to be.. boring. I agree. Nonetheless, as we  only meet 30 times in the whole year, I believe it crucial for children to have regular, (almost) daily exposure to hearing French, especially French that covers the material at hand. If you have a problem playing the CD at home or in your, I will have all the audio available in mp3 format for you to download. Keep in mind, the primary goal of listening activity is not full or even moderate comprehension. The brain does many things of which we’re conscious, and many of which we’re not. 

2) Some parental involvement will be required- students will receive a small syllabus at the beginning of the year which will list ALL graded work. As they complete it, I ask each parents to check that their work is done, and initial each item.

  Instructor: Garfield, Whitney
  Instructor Bio:
  Bonjour! My name is Whitney. While not a native speaker, I worked and studied in France for five years, igniting a passion for all things French- the culture, the people, and their beautiful language. After earning a diploma and various language certifications through the University of La Rochelle, I then spent three years in Bordeaux, studying Foreign Applied Linguistics. Iím well acquainted with many of Palaestraís wonderful staff, and grateful to them for this unique privilege of teaching French to your children- in smaller classes, within a Christian context. The curriculum will be both flexible, and integrative, meeting your child wherever they are, and immersing them as deeply as our time together will allow. Along with these classes, I will also offer tutoring.
  Fee: $90
  Material Fee: $5
  Minimum Age: 11
  Maximum Age: 13
Day:FridayTime:9:00 amLength:1 Hours
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