Greg Shone

Welcome to the French Essentials Lessons!


Dear Students & Parents,

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving l’Action de grâce and are ready to get back into the French lessons for this year and next.

We are excited to be partnering once again with to provide quality French curriculum.

For students starting French this year, everything you need to begin is in Book 1. You will find these lessons available as a single download at the archive link below. Click “Access All Year 1 and Year 2 French Lessons” and then click on the first link on the page that opens. It will say “French-All of Year One in a Single Download.”

For students who did the French lessons the last two years with us, I suggest reviewing Book 1 and the lessons in Module 2 as a review. We’ve updated the lessons in Book 1 and added a few new things. You will want to make sure that you learn and understand the new content before moving on to this year’s lessons.

There is a new section in the lessons this year called Je pratique!. These are speaking exercises. Students should strive for accuracy and feel comfortable doing the exercises before continuing. This may mean doing an exercise a few times.

There are written exercises for each unit (five lessons) which will be provided with the fifth lesson.

For all the lessons it is important to make sure you are opening in Adobe Reader v. 9 and above. The lessons will open in other readers such as Mac Preview & Windows Reader but will not play the audio.

If you experience any problems with audio, consult the tech sheet provided below.

Bon apprentissage! (Happy learning!)

Greg Shone


There are a few things your computer needs in order to open and use the lesson, once downloaded. First you will need Adobe Reader 9 or 10. Second, if you are using a Windows-based computer you may need QuickTime for Windows. This is explained in Getting Started below.

Have a wonderful homeschool year and Bonne Chance! as you start your French lessons!

Monsieur Shone

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Getting Started:

IMPORTANT: If you are using a PC with windows and are using Adobe Reader v. 10 (X) you will also need to download QuickTime for Windows. If you don’t already have it, you can download it at Without QT you will be unable to hear the audio. If you already have QuickTime installed you will need to update it to version 7.7.Go to: If you already have Adobe Reader v. 9, then everything should work just fine.

If you have a Mac computer, then everything should work fine in Adobe Reader 9 and 10. (Some problems were reported with Mac users and v. 9.5. If you have upgraded recently to this version, you will need to install version X.)

One last note: The first time you click a word or phrase, your Acrobat Reader will open a dialogue box that will ask you if you want to trust the document. You must allow your reader to trust the file or you will not be able to hear the audio.

Download Tech Support Document for further instructions

Greg Shone holds a BA History, a BA French, and is a certified teacher. He started his teaching career as a French teacher in both public and Christian schools and later combined his love for History and French by teaching French and Social Studies in a French immersion school. His relationship with the homeschool community began in 1994 as a private French tutor and culminated in August 2012 with the launch of French Essentials, a downloadable French program for the homeschool. He and his wife, also a teacher and coauthor of French Essentials, have two children and have live in beautiful, historic Quebec City.


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