Easy French Level 1A

Easy French Level 1A

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Item #: 043772
ISBN: 9781897469002
Grades: 7-12
Note: Book cover shows CD-ROMs but content is now included on a USB flash drive packaged inside book.

Category Description for Easy French:

If I were to write my own French program, it would look a lot like this one. Something a student can use independently with a book and audio component, where a French teacher is in their ear guiding them through the book, helping with pronunciation and explaining what they are seeing and hearing. Author Marie Fillion was born in Quebec City but has spent time in France as well, so she can compare accents and vocabulary differences as they arise. Levels 1 and 2 will meet many high school requirements, but you may want to check with a prospective college to make sure it will be accepted. The procession is logical in my opinion with a good mix of vocabulary, grammar, speaking, listening, culture and writing. No prior French is needed to begin at level 1. Audio USB keys include a variety of native French speakers. English and French are woven together in the story sections in level 1 to help with comprehension for beginners.

The program includes scripture which is introduced in level 1 and the frequency list is in level 2. Two versions of the French Bible are used. While this program would be great for Missionaries, it is also a good option for any students wanting to learn the language. If a person chose to not use the scripture memory work, the language instruction does stand alone.

A template for each lesson is provided and be executed by a parent at first. By level 2, the student should be able to follow the pattern without assistance. The pages are not over-done and intimidating. There is a variety of activities for the student with good explanations. There is still some English being used at the end of level 1, but with much more French.

While it is tricky to list everything covered in level 1, here are the highlights: introductions, asking questions, present tense -er verbs, home/family/travel vocab, weather, etre & avoir, formal/informal, adjectives, idioms, numbers, common irregular verbs in present tense, possessive pronouns, directions, negatives, Quebec, calendar, daily conversation, and more.

Level 2 is divided into semesters A and B, and lessons follow the same format as level 1. It is recommended that students have a good verb reference book (they say to use the Big Blue Book of French Verbs,) I think the book 501 French Verbs would work as well. And it is time for a bigger bilingual dictionary too. They will be learning much more grammar this year including the indicative (past, present & future), imperative, subjunctive and conditional tenses. Emphasis is on the indicative which will give learners a good base for expressing themselves in speaking and in writing. A weekly schedule is in the front of the text and your student should be able to organize their lessons without help.

It would be possible to use level 2 without completing level 1 IF you did another program for a full year that had a similar format. So what is a parent to do if they do not speak any French themselves? You are the record keeper and administrator here. Provide the materials needed, a place to work with the audio USBs and books, communicate with your student about what they are learning (daily or weekly) and be supportive of their efforts.

Main areas covered in level 2 besides the aforementioned grammar include: time, prepositions, articles, regions of France, Paris monuments, more detailed vocabulary continued from level 1, adjective/noun agreement/placement, all of those little words like qui, lui/leur, que, des, ce, don't, y, and using them properly, adverbs, and imitating the speakers on the audio USBs. There is a lot of work in level 2 and it will take time and practice on the part of the student to get it all and be able to use it. Be encouraging! Ask your student how to say this or that en francais.

This is a foreign language program the whole family can use! Written so that it can be easily adapted for younger students, middle students, independent learners or as a high school course, this program is laid out into 36 lessons that can be completed in 1, 2, or 3 years depending on the age and goals of the individual student. The programs employ the Charlotte Mason method of learning language in a natural way. Each lesson contains several different parts, starting with a short conversational story, with words in both English and the language being studied so students will be able to figure out through context what the foreign words mean. A short vocabulary section follows containing the foreign words in the story and giving the English translations. An activity section comes next, containing several different activities such as creating English-foreign language flash cards, having mock conversations, gradually using common expressions in the foreign language instead of English throughout the week, reading books, doing research projects, and much more. Lessons also contain scripture verse memorization in the foreign language, teacher helps, cultural notes, some trivia, and instructions for completing a page in their notebook. The notebook is a binder that you add pages to after every lesson and will show what you've completed throughout the program. Different sections are completed somewhat differently, depending on the age and level of the student, and all of the adaptations for different levels are included in the beginning with the plans laid out for finishing the program in a timely fashion. A younger child will spend approximately 45-60 minutes per week on their lessons, and the independent or older learner will spend approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours per week. Audio USBs are included to aid in pronunciation and learning, and they go along with each story and the vocabulary sections. If you prefer to break your foreign language study up into one-year increments, consider the 1A and 1B programs. These are basically the first and second halves of the full programs, given a few tweaks to appeal more to an older audience (grades 7 and up). The font is more formal, the stories are slightly different, and the grammar and other worksheets have been integrated into the textbook instead of being located on a separate USB. (Level 2 was structured the same way, but the complete level 2 was phased out and replaced by the separate A and B programs). The USBs included hold the audio portion of the program and answers to the activity sheets. The phonogram cards are not included in 1A or 1B, so you will need to purchase those separately.

Test books and keys are available separately for French IA and IB. The non-reproducible test books include a test for each lesson (no cumulative tests), which are mostly fill-in-the-blank and short answer questions with a few oral exercises thrown in. Test books do not include an answer key - these are available separately. Keys include all test content, with answers filled in. Although not required, these resources are available if you feel you need assessments. ~ Megan

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Book cover shows CD-ROMs but content is now included on a
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USB flash drive packaged inside book.
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Looking into French curriculum. I'm a French Teacher at a Christian school.
Lisa Z on Jan 18, 2023
Looks like a good curriculum for one semester of high school French.
Charlene M on Jul 28, 2019
Looking into French curriculum. I'm a French Teacher at a Christian school.
Lisa Z on Jan 18, 2023
Homeschooling High School
Amy B on Jul 9, 2020
Looks like a good curriculum for one semester of high school French.
Charlene M on Jul 28, 2019
1. Recommended by Cathy Duffy<br />2. The description of this book versus the older one with 1 & 2 in it says it is better for someone who needs more structure<br />3. Bought here because it was the best price I could find
Judith G on Mar 25, 2018
Homeschooling High School
Amy B on Jul 9, 2020
1. Recommended by Cathy Duffy<br />2. The description of this book versus the older one with 1 & 2 in it says it is better for someone who needs more structure<br />3. Bought here because it was the best price I could find
Judith G on Mar 25, 2018
Is level 1A of Easy French one semester's work or one full year's work for a high school student?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: One semester of high school. Pair it with 1B to make one year of high school. 1A and 1B each contain 18 weeks of work.
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We like very much!
Lessons are easy to implement and all the CD's did come with the book (inside back cover). The pace is good for us. Marie F is friendly and quickly answers questions you may have. The pictures are childish, but we just laugh. We are delighted with her format. Enjoy idoms, history, recipes, scripture verses, phonics (a great idea) Haven't found such a well rounded program anywhere else. Thank you Marie!! Early in the book we were advised to obtain a French dictionary and the big blue book of French Verbs. We supplement with videos with subtitles and audio conversation.
February 8, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Disappointment I purchased the 1A You do not get the disc with the workbook pages to print out with the 1A version of this program There is no teacher book and very little guidance A very mixed up program at best First lesson uses reflective pronoun jumps into -er verbs with no explanation and refers to the Big Blue Book of French Verbs A book that is not mention on the website or in any other explanation or guides as another book required to complete this course Childish outline drawings and maps that look like bad photo copies Wish I'd stuck with First Start French
August 29, 2012

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