Nov 12 UPDATE:
I want to stress that this is an organizational meeting (i.e.: no costs for today).
Sessions will be 4 to 5-weeks long. My plan is to construct a full 1-year program, along with a 2nd year (for those who have mastered all the elements of a first-year program).
Student accounts will be hosted on franceinfo.us.
Focus is on all skills (in order of emphasis): conversation/listening, general culture, written, and grammar.
Approach: is functional and native: I like using a situational approach, as well as using expressions that are less "textbook-y" and closer to actual French constructions (which means fewer cognates).
Materials: are a mix between textbook (which I will provide online) and social media (flickr, video).
Location: currently in Carnegie - but may be flexible.
Requirements: students commit to attend, pay for, and complete a 5-week session (including work). I will treat it like a real course. Rather than formal testing, I will use evaluative techniques to measure progress.
Also - there is always time for signing up for other sessions if you miss this one. My goal was to teach all levels (maybe not synchronously). I will proceed according to demand.
But as I am interested in created an online course, lessons will be documented (via screencast, video, social media) for future use and 'repurposing'.
Session 1: Begins Nov 10 (organizational meeting)
In answer to questions people have had:
Cost per session will be on a sliding scale - but students need to commit for the 5-week session. More information to follow soon. I have decided that I will be creating an online series of classes along with the course - so first-time students can be part of the video-course.
• First year: Levels 1 - 6
• Intermediate: Levels 1-3
I will be offering the equivalent of 1 year of college French - taught as you would expect in a serious (i.e. Ivy League) setting.
1 Year of French: broken down into six 5-Week sessions.
I will provide ACTFL equivalency testing for those students who plan on using their French in a work or university environment. there will be online assignments (via MyFrenchLab.com)
We will be meeting initially in a location in Carnegie - with easy access to the Parkway and not far from Pittsburgh.
Textbook will be Points de départ (2ème édition). Extra materials will be provided to students signing up.
I try to run a paperless classroom so materials will be available for download and online.
30.0 hours of instruction per 5-Week session / Possibility of online makeup classes via podcast