BRMS French

Bienvenue! Welcome to French!

Our goal: acquisition.

In this course, our goal will be to acquire French. “Acquiring” a language is very different from “learning” a language, which is likely how your parents and other older friends and relatives experienced language class. Acquiring is something that happens to you without your thinking about it instead of something that you make happen. When you learned how to speak your first language, you acquired it naturally by listening to other people speak it around you for a long time; not by studying it. Therefore, almost all of our class time will be spent using French, and not using English to talk about French.

In order to acquire a language, students must be exposed to a wealth of interesting and comprehensible input, in a low anxiety setting (Dr. Krashen, Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition). Therefore, French students will hear and read about compelling topics in order to acquire French.

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