French I – GROUP 1
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French I – GROUP 1

Bonjour!  Did you know that over 200 million people in over 50 countries speak the French language?  And did you know that French is the official language of the United Nations, NATO, the International Red Cross and the Olympic Committee?  It’s true!  In fact, you probably already know some French words and phrases that are commonly used in English today: chauffer (driver); chef (cook); déja vu (already seen).  How many times have you said “excusez-moi” (excuse me)?  In this course, we will work on building your French foundation by focusing on four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  A variety of methods and resources will be used to encourage conversation, exchange of information, and expression of feelings, emotions, and opinions in written and oral French.  French will be used as much as possible in order to create a fun and immersive environment; however, English will be used to explain grammar and to introduce cultural concepts. Use of an online textbook will provide you with continuous access to native, audio files, songs, and flashcards, as well as, cultural videos.  What are you waiting for?!  Allons-y!

Course description and class content developed by Gina Duss for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

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Student textbook: Discovering French Today Level 1 (1-year online subscription); PDF version of required workbook is included in the online subscription) ISBN: 9780547901893, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2013

NOTE: A link for the purchase of the online textbook will be provided prior to the beginning of the course.

Gina Duss earned her Bachelor of Science degree in French Education from University of Georgia and furthered her studies at the renowned Middlebury College’s French immersion program. During her college years, she was blessed to study abroad in Tours, France and the rest is history!  She has taught in various capacities over the years from elementary to high school and is thrilled to be in her current role teaching students from all over the world through online learning.  Gina brings her love for everything French: the language, the culture, the country, and the people, right into the classroom!  When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and many fur babies.

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