I am happy to have you as a student in my French class. French is an exciting and beautiful language spoken by over one hundred million people in more than twenty countries around the world. I hope you will like it as much as I do.
I studied French in middle school, high school, a language business school and in college. After high school I had the oppurtunity to stay with a French family in Avignon, France while studying at a local language school.
While studying at Montclair State University, I received a scholarship to study in Quebec, Canada.
I received my French and Education Degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. This is my 17th year at Lincoln Park Middle School.
Learning a language takes time, patience, and dedication. However, it does not have to be difficult. Everybody can learn a second language. The way you will acquire French in my class is similar to the way you learned your first language. You will listen to a lot of Comprehensible Input (French that you can understand). This input will be in the form
of gestures, short conversations, songs, stories, French books and videos. Will you learn some standard phrases such as how to say your name, age, and where you are from? Sure, but in my class you will not memorize endless lists of vocabulary and verbs. Make sure you come to class, participate and listen with the intention to understand. Most importantly, bring an "I want to learn" attitude to my class. If you are willing to listen, you will learn to speak and write.
For some it will be faster than for others because everybody processes language differently. I have had 8th graders who suddenly and spontaneously created these amazing twisted stories using vocabulary from 5th grade! Be patient, you will get there.
Here is a personal anecdote to show you the power of listening to a new language. I grew up in Germany so my daughter, who was born here, only heard and spoke German for the first two years of her life. Then she entered an American daycare and for the first six months she didn't say a word, she just listened to all these people speaking this new language to her.
At one point the caretakes took me aside wondering if there was something wrong with her speech. I assured them that she spoke at home, but German only. Then, one day, they came up to me excitedly and said: "She can speak! She told us a whole story in English. Where did all this language come from?" :)
My sincere hope and belief is that one day you will open your mouth and French will fall out. Until then, enjoy your French journey!