Learning another language is a big part of our homeschool. But, what about when your child wants to learn one that you don't know? We've been using Getting Started with French from Armfield Academic Press, and are excited to share it!
This is a 281 page soft-cover book with additional resources - pronunciation mp3s and Author Commentary files available online. It is designed for beginners, and students of all ages to work independently. The author also has two other books in the "Getting Started with..." series - Latin and Spanish, Russian is coming soon. You can Take a peek for yourself too and see a sample.
The book contains 172 lessons. Lessons are intended to be self-taught with the help of pronunciation mp3s. The lessons are also short, just a few minutes a day. They recommend doing short, daily sessions for the maximum learning.
My tester is in high school, has dutifully done his 2 years of Spanish, but - wanted to learn French instead. I do not know the first thing about French!
He has been using Getting Started with French, and he is really enjoying it. It's particularly great for visual learners. .
The early lessons focus on pronunciation with the vocabulary word printed in bold - French can be tricky, words don't sound like the look! The vocabulary is presented to help you learn the words for everyday activities like being, going, eating, and more. This way, you can put what you learn into use right away.
The Author Commentaries (online or downloadable) are short, but very useful. They give more grammar teaching, and some tips about how words are used. My tester would start with this, and then move onto the lesson in the book. That way, he had already heard the words pronounced correctly.
Grammar, translation exercises, conversational skills, and composition skills are covered. The lessons are sequential and build on each other. The best part is that you go at your own pace, and can repeat lessons as needed.
I think this is a great way to give your student an exposure to another language. It's easy, not teacher intensive, very affordable and my student is picking up quite a bit of French already!