How to Use This Course
Greg Shone, a certified French teacher and coauthor of French Essentials, brings more than two years of French lessons to SchoolhouseTeachers.com for your student. Beginning with Book 1, your student will learn the pronunciation of the letters and will quickly advance to simple French phrases. The course is taught with weekly downloadable PDF worksheets and audio to teach correct pronunciation. The French course is targeted to middle school and high school students, but elementary students can learn French also, if they are ready to add it to their schedule. This course should be taken by starting with Book 1 and following the lessons in consecutive order as they build on each other throughout the course. This course counts as a foreign language credit. There are more than two full years of French lessons provided here. Students who complete all of the lessons for one full year may earn 1 academic credit, and students who complete two full years can earn 2 academic credits. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.
Are you ready to journey into the French language? Let’s start with Francophone and the Francophony.
What is a Francophone?
Onésime Reclus, a French geographer who wanted to classify people according to language, coined the word Francophone in the nineteenth century. A Francophone is a person whose first language or mother tongue is French. The term Francophone is used also to describe people who use French in their daily lives in one or more of the following situations, as:
- a daily means of public communication
- the official language used in government and business
- the principal language of education
Where is French spoken around the world?
The Francophone world is comprised of more than forty countries on five continents with French being spoken by about 120 million people as their mother tongue or fluently, and by another 150 million in their daily lives. These countries are referred to as the Francophony or in French La Francophonie.
French is an official language in twenty-nine countries, and is also an official or administrative language in several communities and international organizations such as the European Union, International Olympic Committee, The World Trade Organization, and NATO, to mention only a few.
Major countries in La Francophonie include France, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Haiti, the French West Indies, the Ivory Coast, and several other countries in Africa (former colonies of France).
In the case of many Francophone countries, French is an official language along with other languages. In Switzerland, for example, French, German, and Italian are the official languages. In the United States, French is an official language in the state of Louisiana. And, in many areas, such as New England, French is an important minority language.
The largest French-speaking country in the world is France. With a population of approximately 60,656,178, France is home to over one-third of the world’s Francophones.
Now, let’s learn more of this beautiful language!
Weekly downloadable PDF worksheets that include audio (accessible on or offline) to teach correct pronunciation.
This course counts as a foreign language credit. There are more than two full years of French lessons provided here. Students who complete all of the lessons for one full year may earn 1 academic credit, and students who complete two full years can earn 2 academic credits.