First Start French I Set

First Start French I Set


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Grades: 5-8

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First Start French is the perfect introduction to French for students at grade levels 6 through 8. If you would like to add a modern language to your Latin studies, here's the program for you. Modeled after the approachable Latina Christiana format, you will be able to teach your students the basics of grammar, help them develop a large vocabulary, and assist them in beginning to speak French. You will enjoy learning along with them as they practice conversation, reading, and translation, and are introduced to French culture.

The Student Book introduces vocabulary, grammar, and translation, with practice exercises for every lesson. The Teacher Manual includes hints and guidelines to keep you ahead of your student. Quizzes and answer keys make it easy to check progress. A pronunciation guide and CD will give your student the guidance needed to develop a good accent. Six fun, traditional French songs help with grammar and vocabulary. Start them off right with First Start French!

Category Description for First Start French:

Author Danielle Schultz has developed an easy to follow program that introduces the basics of grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and speaking skills of the French language. Closely modeled after the format found in the Latina Christiana program, First Start French is also geared towards both parents and students who may not have any prior knowledge of or exposure to the language.

The student book starts off with a reference guide that provides the general rules of French pronunciation and breaks the rules down by the following categories: vowels, nasal vowels, consonants, silent consonants, liaisons, and stress/accents. The book contains 36 lessons (following every 5 lessons of new content, a review lesson in provided), and each lesson is broken down into the following format: French song or saying, vocabulary (10-15 themed words or phrases), short grammar lesson, short dialogue entirely in French, and written exercises that are designed to test the student's translation skills and understanding of the grammar skills just covered. Although quizzes and answers are not provided in the book itself, free PDF downloads are available at or a free copy by mail can be obtained through Memoria Press. Student pages are not reproducible, so it you have more than one student, you will need to purchase a separate book for each. Grammar coverage in Book 1 covers verbs in three regular conjunctions (present and perfect tenses), basic noun forms, personal pronouns, and demonstrative pronouns. Short lessons on French culture covering manners, families, school system, food, symbols, and holidays are also included for additional exposure. Volume 2 continues to build upon the skills introduced in the first level with more extensive vocabulary and expanded grammar; cultural information covering French history, geography, science, and art is also covered.

The teacher edition begins with an overview of the program and offers lots of suggested ideas and teaching tips for how to use the program. Copies of completed student pages are provided for each lesson, and although an outline for a 4 day schedule is also provided (introduction of vocabulary, grammar, and dialogue on day 1, review and practice on days 2 and 3, and quiz on day 4), the program can easily be adjusted to accommodate any pace you would like to set depending on student aptitude. Because the student book does not contain any answers to the exercises, the teacher's edition is a highly recommended resource.

The pronunciation CD consists of all the vocabulary words covered within each lesson (spoken by a native French speaker) as well as 6 traditional French songs included to help with grammar and vocabulary development.

The complete set includes student book, teacher book, and pronunciation CD.

For those of you who are concerned with how this program will translate to high school credit, both levels 1 and 2 need to be completed to equate to one year of high school credit. Although this program is not intended to make your student a fluent speaker right off the bat, it is nicely designed to let the non-French speaking parent or teacher teach the basics of the language before investing in a more expensive program. Bonne Chance! - Enh

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Lauren M on Aug 18, 2022
My HS student wants to learn French, but I didn't want anything too challenging. This looked like it could satisfy both her age and her goal.
Karl And Carie S on May 26, 2022
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Lauren M on Aug 18, 2022
My son is looking for a simpler more structured start to French.
Megan W on May 31, 2022
My HS student wants to learn French, but I didn't want anything too challenging. This looked like it could satisfy both her age and her goal.
Karl And Carie S on May 26, 2022
It was inexpensive for a starter book set.
Raven J on Dec 16, 2021
This looked like a good complete program for a beginning student.
Kenneth W on Aug 11, 2021
As a former public school French teacher, I wanted something equal to what I used to teach with, but not with the high price tag. This set looks like a great fit for my homeschool co-op students and at a great price for all that you get.
Jill M on Mar 4, 2021
Very comprehensive, excellent reputation.
Jennifer H on Sep 10, 2020
I'm looking for a culture and grammar supplement to the pronunciation work my daughter is doing through DuoLingo
Miriam W on Aug 31, 2020
Middle Schooler wants to try French and enjoyed the Latin program.
Carrie R on Apr 9, 2020
Looks like a good middle school start to prepare for the high school level. Company has the high school follow up. If this works we will continue.
Janet B on Aug 3, 2019
required for a class
Lanette F on Jun 13, 2019
Love Memoria Press's Prima Latina & First Form products, so thought this would be a good fit for us to start French.
Alison D on Feb 12, 2019
Looking for a junior high Intro. to French. Seemed like a good place to start.
Tracy B on Jan 26, 2019
I would like an effective tool to teach my nephews and nieces the French language.
Angela J on Sep 9, 2018
My middle son expressed a desire to learn French. He will be using the Memoria Press curriculum for his Latin studies once he gets into 4th grade, so we chose this curriculum to try out French and familiarize him with how they do their foreign language curriculum.
Julie A on Apr 1, 2018
I am a homeschool parent and would like to learn French for myself.
AMANDA R. on Feb 13, 2018
I have a middle school student who is passionate about learning French and wants to visit Paris. I didn't want a high school level course for her, and we are already doing Latin, so this seemed to fit in nicely with our needs.
Amy S B on Jan 9, 2018
My daughter is interested in learning French and we have used this publisher for Latin so she would be familiar with the format I think. Price is nice as well. I plan on ordering the set 2 after she finishes set 1.
Kimberly M on Aug 29, 2017
My son wants to learn French
Korleen S on Nov 18, 2016
This was purchased for an outsourced class, but then the class got cancelled.
Lisa K on Sep 8, 2016
Nice, short, basic lessons combining audio and written work will leave time for us to add in extra French activities.
Michelle on Aug 27, 2016
I have used Latina Christiana and thought this might work just as well.
Donna S on Aug 23, 2016
I like their Latin curriculum.
Kim H on Jul 26, 2016
It comes with pronunciation CDs which are hard to find and we had a good experience with the Latina Christiana Series by same publishers.
Dawn C on Jul 9, 2016
I chose this after seeing a copy of it at a friend's house.
Jane P on Nov 2, 2015
My kids are interested in learning French. It is difficult to find an affordable curriculum that includes grammar. I was pleased to find First Start French I.
Amy R on Oct 4, 2015
My son is looking for a simpler more structured start to French.
Megan W on May 31, 2022
It was inexpensive for a starter book set.
Raven J on Dec 16, 2021
Would it be unreasonable to present this material to a student in grade 2?
A shopper on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would choose an easier program. my 5th grader had a little difficulty with it. they moved a bit fast into some phrases and sometimes spoke too quickly. she did well with the salutations, numbers etc.. but they didn't seem to explain the arrangement of the phrases and would throw in other words she hadn't learned yet.
How does this convert to highschool credits?
A shopper on Feb 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think that you would need to do both First Start French 1 and 2 in the same school year for it to be considered high school level material.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic start to French lessons!
I absolutely love this curriculum. I am so impressed with both the workbook and the cds. The cds help so much with the pronunciation.
August 3, 2022
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Looking forward to starting in the fall 2022
We have not started this program yet. (This fall is when we will start) BUT I have looked through it, and it looks like it will be a great fit for my daughter.
April 10, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great resource
I am using this book with my fourth grader who has a little prior experience using French Rosetta Stone. This is a well designed program - especially if you, the teacher, have no French experience yourself. Every word they learn is pronounced properly on the CDs. If you have a younger learner like mine (he’s 9) I suggest adding a few age appropriate activities of your own. We review the weekly dialogue using his puppet theater and I make bingo and other card games with the vocabulary to reinforce the lesson. However, even if you did not do anything except the exact lessons as presented in teacher’s manual, your child would still experience a positive and productive second language learning experience.
December 21, 2017
over 5 years ago

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