How Can I Include French in Our Homeschool?
Many homeschooling parents are reluctant to include second language or foreign language studies in their homeschool agenda.
Can you really teach a subject like French if you don’t have any background in the language?
Yes, you can, but you will need to have a comprehensive curriculum that includes an audio component.
Here are some things that you will need to know if you are thinking about including French in your homeschool.
7 Helpful Hints on Homeschooling French as a Second Language
1) Expect that things will be different. Words will not necessarily be in the same order, different words might be used to express the same concept, and English expressions will not necessarily work in French.
Vive la difference! Have fun with the differences and enjoy learning about the quirks of English as you learn French.
2) Compare ideas to ideas. French uses bonjour (good day) in the same way that we say hello. The ideas are the same, offering a greeting to someone, but the words are different. (What does hello really mean, anyhow?)
3) Practice makes progress. Keep your students practicing and using their French skills as much as possible. This reinforces the things that they are learning.
4) Get the pronunciation right. This takes more work than you might think. Some people seem to be born mimics. For the rest of us, it can be tough trying to train our mouths to move in new ways to make the strange sounds of a new language.
5) Don’t skimp on your dictionary. Your students will need access to a comprehensive dictionary in order to be successful in their studies.
See the article here for more on choosing a French-English dictionary.
6) Build your studies around things that interest your students. With a good dictionary, you can learn about anything from food to football. This makes learning more interesting.
7) Have fun with it! There are fun songs to sing, like the classics Frère Jacques and Alouette, and fun games to play that can certainly be counted as part of your French language instruction.
Relax and have fun learning along with your students. Homeschooling French as a Second language is an adventure! You never know when you might learn something new.
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