FRENCH CURRICULUM LIST

This is a list of options to explore when choosing a French curriculum. You can use curriculum as a starting off point and add supplements to make the language learning process fun, enjoyable, memorable, and effective for your child’s education. You can homeschool foreign language!

This is a long French Curriculum list, but it covers options from preschool to high school. The cost of the curricula varies from free to what most homeschool families would probably consider expensive. Curricula on this list may be non-traditional, traditional, or any variation in between. The purpose of this list is to provide options that can either be taught by a non-speaker of that language, or a class taught by a proficient speaker.

Choose a curriculum that works for you and add supplements, or skip a curriculum and make your own course of study using supplementary options. Return to the main French Resource Page to view supplementary options by type.

Universal Language Acquisition Tool (ULAT) 

  • Non-traditional
    (predominantly)
  • Online Lessons
  • There are enough lessons for 180 days of study consting of 45 minutes per day. The first 15 lessons are free. This is available in Spanish or French. The introductory video says that the method seem bizarre and unusual.
  • I’m still looking into this program. If you’ve tried it please let me know! I’d love to hear your experiences. We’ve been using it and have liked it so far for developing an ear for the language and vocabulary. My kids remember the vocab really well.

The Easy French from Great Commission Languages

I have a more detailed review of Le Francais Facile because I’m using it with my kids.

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
    •Younger Students
    •Older Students
    •Intentionally Teaches Culture

The Easy French from Great Commission Languages
incorporates Charlotte Mason-style notebooking and Gouin Series. The website has a detailed explanation of this: http://www.theeasyfrench.com/more/index.html
Has CD’s, a book, and worksheets and a lot of Christian content. Non-traditional supplemental activities are suggested. The program is reasonably priced for how long it takes. There is a detailed review of this curriculum at Cathy Duffy’s website.
The Jr. Level is for grades K-3.
The Easy Spanish is also available.

Whistlefritz The French Collection (Set of 4 DVDs, 2 CDs)

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Free (some might be free if you have Amazon Prime)
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students (songs, but DVDs may be rejected as babyish)

The French Collection (Set of 4 DVDs, 2 CDs) is a DVD and CD based immersion program. For younger children. There are some planned lessons are available. My kids love these, especially the songs, and they’re really well done. Available in French or Spanish.
The homeschool lesson plans:
French Lesson Plans for Kids (English and French Edition)

Learn French: Rosetta Stone – France Levels 1-5

  • Non-traditional
    (predominantly)
  • Very well-known curriculum that offers many languages. Online features are available in the newest versions, but only for ages 13 and up, and there is an additional monthly subscription cost. Voice recognition issues for younger children with high voices can be frustrating. Installation of older versions has been a technological headache for me. The Rosetta Stone does not explain grammar, context, idioms, or culture, and lacks the relationship factor that builds language acquisition. It’s also easy for a kid to fake their way through it.We own multiple languages of The Rosetta Stone, and use them, but only as part of our lessons. The versions available have changed over the years.

 

American School

  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)

Online courses and/or correspondence courses, accredited. The online courses work differently from the paper-based. This school does not seem to have live classes like some other online schools. You buy the course and have 12 months from the date of activation to complete it (or 6 months for a “half” course).

One of the few options for a non-traditional curriculum if you would like your child to take an accredited course.

Their online world language courses are through The Rosetta Stone. They expect Levels 1 and 2 of The Rosetta Stone to be equal to one year of high school instruction, and Levels 3 and 4 to be equal to the next year. Level 5 is equal to one semester.

The cost at the time of this writing is $250 per year as an independent study student. This course could also be an option for those who want to take an unusual language, such as Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Tagalog, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

This could be an option for a student who wants an accredited high school diploma but does not want to have to take a traditional foreign language course. There are no workbooks or textbooks through the online course, and I do not see an advantage to taking the course through this school over buying Rosetta Stone on your own, unless you want your child to have an accredited high school diploma.

They also offer correspondence courses in French (two years), and Latin (1 year). The cost of an accredited diploma here is a bargain at the time of this writing, at $2250 for four years of paper-based courses, and $3600 for four years of online courses.

Their website has this to say about their diploma and college acceptance: “Some states, such as New York, however, have public universities which will not accept students holding a distance education diploma, and these public universities will require such students to take the GED, TASC or another high school equivalency exam to gain admission. We suggest that you review the admissions standards with the college of your choice prior to enrolling and contact our Guidance Department if you have questions or need further assistance.”

Time4Learning

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)

Time4Learning uses The Rosetta Stone, if you are a member there you can add it on for an additional fee.

Learn French with OUINO: The 5-in-1 Complete Collection (for PC, Mac, iPad, Android, Chromebook)

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)

Ouino is another program that is similar in concept to The Rosetta Stone.

Living Language French, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)

Living Language is similar in concept to The Rosetta Stone, but is less commonly known. It has many, many languages available, including ASL. There is online support available as a subscription. You can download some free resources for some languages.

Dino Lingo

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students

Pimsleur French Conversational Course

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Introductory Course

Audio only, you relax and listen and repeat. (you may also be able to get this for a discount through Audible, or borrow it from your local library). A beginning curriculum, with a very small vocabulary, and useful as an introduction to a language. This could be used to develop a better accent because it is listening-only.

Little Pim

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students

This is a cartoon with some clips of real life people and items. We have the Chinese and Arabic DVD versions and our library has other DVD versions. The DVDs have been free on Amazon Prime in the past. It didn’t hold the attention of any of my kids, ages 3-10 I have tried it out on. It’s got a very small vocabulary. There are downloadable lesson plans but the ones I have are geared towards a group of children, and assume that you speak the language enough to interact with children.

Total French Foundation Course: Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Introductory Cours

Audio only, and like Pimsleur, you relax and listen and repeat. My children could not understand the speaker’s French accent when he spoke English. I had no trouble understanding him and I enjoyed it. A beginning curriculum, with a small vocabulary. Could be used to develop a better accent because it is listening-only.

Conjuguemos

  • High School
  • Free
  • Older Students

The Conjuguemos website appears to be designed to help traditional school foreign language teachers. There is an option to choose things that go with the Avancemos curriculum. The choices available seem to be geared for practicing things that the teacher already taught the student. French, German, Italian, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, – Spanish and Korean have the most categories of choices, with activities and listening include. It is a site built with contributions from language teachers and is growing.
You can build your own curriculum from this site, but it will take work on your part. There are lots of free printable flash cards, so you could print those and then have children play the games that go with them. There are also conjugation charts. Having those charts could help you look up YouTube videos that sing through French verb conjugations. The games are not better than what you can find on apps, but you have more control over what you assign. I find the French verb activities to have useful printables for making your own curriculum. I would use this along with a non-traditional curriculum to check for gaps in knowledge of the most common words.

 

PetraLingua French

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
    •Younger Students
    •Older Students

PetraLingua French is for grades K-4. The complete set has 21 French learning lessons, 11 French learning songs for kids, 80 French learning videos for kids, 140 interactive French online games for kids, 500 basic French words, French picture dictionary for kids, French activity book and flash cards to download.

Speaking French with Miss Mason and François
by Cherrydale Press

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Older Students

Speaking French with Miss Mason and François is based on Gouin Series Method. Available in French, German, and Spanish.
Has textbook, workbook, and audio. Recommends supplementing with audiobooks like https://www.frenchtoday.com/ in French, but Spanish does not have a similar suggestion.

Easy Peasy

  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Free
  • Older Students

Easy Peasy is an online collection of links to many free activities and videos. Not much as available for French compared to Spanish at this time, but there are some things to try. Easy Peasy seems to be a popular free option, so I expect that the course will be updated.

Booklingual

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students

Booklingual uses a storybook approach, digital storybooks on an app or computer. Stories are written in the foreign language and have English written below. Pk-age 10. French or Spanish.

French For Children

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students (upper elementary)
  • Older Students (upper elementary)

French For Children is available for grade 3 and up. Audio and DVD. Also available as Spanish For Children, Greek for Children, and Latin For Children

Here is a link to a detailed review of French For Children.

Headventureland is a website with non-traditional supplements designed to go with this program and others from Classical Academic Press. Most supplements are for Latin at this time. http://headventureland.com/moodle/

 

ACE Paces

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School

ACE Paces is self taught, workbook format, with tests. Christian content. If you’re unfamiliar with ACE, it uses multiple small workbooks that the student works through at their own pace. There are DVDs to go along with the lessons. The focus is on reading and writing. Spanish, French, Greek. The Spanish curriculum is different from the others. Check to see how many years are currently available in each language. High School age.

A Beka

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School

Workbook and audio with an available CD. High school. Two levels of French, two levels of Spanish. Christian content.

The Learnables

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Older Students
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)

The Learnables does not include reading and writing until after the student has some auditory comprehension.
Each level is said to be comparable to one year of high school instruction, but for high school you are expected to add Grammar Enhancement and Basic Structures.
It says that it can be used for elementary school and up, but I do not think it would hold a young child’s attention well.
Available in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew (check the language you are interested in to see how many levels

 

 

Professor Toto

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students

Professor Toto http://store.professortoto.com/‘s website says the product uses the Thibaut Technique®. The website also says “Professor Toto is a series of multi-award winning language education tools for ages 2 to 8. Animated DVDs, song-filled CDs, and colorful workbooks…” The website also says that the curriculum is great for ages K-6. It’s a cartoon. The content is enough to be an introduction to a language. Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, German .

Speekee

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Online classes
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students

Speekee has two levels, one for ages 4-7, one for ages 8-middle school, $7.50 a month subscription, has videos. Spanish, 40 week program would be $300, so quite pricey, but cheaper than live lessons. There are free sources of Spanish language immersion videos in the supplements section. I have not had the opportunity to try out Speekee, and I have not heard reviews of its effectiveness.

Alpha Omega Publishing – publishes Switched On Schoolhouse, Lifepac, and Monarch (which is online).

  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students

Switched On Schoolhouse offers elementary French and Spanish, one level of middle school-high school French, two levels of high school Spanish, two levels of high school French. There are interactive immersion type situations, plus explicitly taught grammar. There is automatic grading, but beware of students faking their way through.
Monarch is supposed to be similar but is an online subscription rather than purchasing it outright.
Lifepac is the older version.

ThoughtCo

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • Free
  • Older Students

ThoughtCo
offers free online beginner’s courses and supplements in French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese. A beginner’s course could be a good intro to a language for a middle school student.

Ace Digital Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Intentionally Teaches Culture
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction

Ace Digital Academy offers multiple levels of multiple languages. This is not the same as ACE curriculum.
Elementary school offers French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
Middle school offers Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
High school offers five levels of French, five levels of Spanish, five levels of German, five levels of Chinese, three levels of Japanese, and three levels of Latin.
Contact the curriculum provider for more information on methodology.
Ohio students might be able to earn a public school diploma.

SevenStar

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Older Students
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)
  • Dual Credit (Hebrew Only)

SevenStar is a private Christian school. Dual Credit is available for two levels of Hebrew only at this time. For 6-12th grade, two levels of Chinese, three levels of French, three levels of German, three levels of Spanish.

Breaking the Barrier

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Older Students
  • Intentionally Teaches Culture
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction
  • AP Exam

To take full advantage of Breaking the Barrier you need an iPad or Apple computer. Workbook, textbook, tests, and Audio CD included, plus multimedia computer program can be added. Grammar is explicitly taught.
Uses Guion Series (a series of sentences that act out a verb).
It’s an independent program, except that the student is supposed to converse with someone, and it’s expected that you’ll use the curriculum in full lessons. The website also has lesson plan guide for high school when using this program: http://www.tobreak.com/additional-resources/the-ideal-lesson-plan/. Includes a free monthly newsletter, cultural articles, and lesson warm-ups.

Offers Spanish and French.

Freedom Project Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Younger Students (Latin)
  • Older Students
  • Accredited courses (various accreditation)

Freedom Project Academy offers online classes, classical style education. Offers Latin, Spanish, and French. One year of a high school language class works out to about $600, including the $150 enrollment fee, plus the cost of curriculum. The class is graded and a transcript can be provided by the school. This is an accredited private school, so you could explore whether or not you would like to have your child complete requirements to earn a diploma here. At this time it looks like high school includes 5 classes and costs about $2000 per year in tuition (books, etc. are purchased separately). The private school is Christian, but the curricula listed for use in foreign languages does not have any particular Christian content. Besides high school, a Latin course is offered for younger students.

 

Accelerate Online Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students
  • Accredited courses (various accreditation)
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (Spanish only)

Accelerate Online Academy has online courses, accredited, although they will only send sealed and stamped transcripts to a college, so if something happened to the school you might not be able to get your sealed transcripts some day in the future.
The price is about $425 per course per year.
Elementary school years offer Spanish 1 and 2, and Chinese 1 and 2 during third grade through fifth grade.
Middle school years offer two levels each of Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Latin.
High school years offer two years of Chinese, two years of French, and three years of Spanish.

NFC Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Older Students
  • Accredited classes (various accreditation)
  • Dual Credit

NFC Academy offers online accredited courses. Offers two levels of French and two levels of Spanish, but only allows the student to begin foreign language study in 10th grade, meaning it would be impossible to get in three years of a foreign language, or two years of one language and two years of another language. That could be a problem in some states and for some colleges. Tuition and other fees add up to around $2700 or so at the time of this writing, but it varies depending on your selections.

Laurel Springs

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Intentionally Teaches Culture
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)
  • Course Taught By Proficient Speaker
  • AP Exam
  • Social offerings, such as a club
  • Dual Credit

Laurel Springs
Mix of online courses and paper-based, with accredited options.
Courses are done at the student’s pace.
Offers AP Spanish and AP French courses.
Offers an online National Honor Society.
For Kindergarten through Grade 2, offers Spanish, French, or Chinese online. Grades 3-5 offer Spanish, French, German, or Latin online.
Grades 6-8 offer Spanish, French, German, Latin, or Chinese online.
High school offers four years of Spanish or French, which is a mix of text and online, plus two years of German, Latin or Chinese online.
Students can also take AP French or AP Spanish either in their fourth year of language study, or if they have native fluency.
Tuition varies. Middle school tuition and curriculum cost is $500 for a world language course per year. In high school tuition varies based on the course. World Language is $1190 at this time per year, and Advanced Placement courses are listed at $1540.

Fisher Hart Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes (with live streaming)
  • Older Students
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)
  • Course Taught By Proficient Speaker

Fisher Hart Academy offers online classes for middle school through high school. The languages offered are French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The cost varies, at the time of this writing it is between $199-$599 per semester.

Lighthouse Christian Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)
  • Social offerings (graduation ceremony in Tennessee option)

Lighthouse Christian Academy has online, accredited courses.
The course uses ACE Paces curriculum.
The tuition at the time of this writing is $950-$1000 per year for high school, but foreign language curriculum is not included in that price. One course is $250 at the time of this writing. If your child satisfies the requirements, there is a graduation ceremony and class ring available. Located in Tennessee.

Oak Meadow

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students
  • Accredited classes (various accreditation)
  • Intentionally Teaches Culture
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction
  • Course Taught By Proficient Speaker
  • AP Exam

Oak Meadow offers online, accredited classes.
You can use the curriculum for the rest of the subjects independently, but world languages are only available as part of the distance learning program. K-12. High school tuition costs $2000 per course. Offers three levels of Latin, three levels of French, three levels of regular Spanish, plus AP Spanish Literature and Culture, and AP Spanish Language and Culture courses.

Georgia Department of Education

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Free
  • Older Students
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (third year is an AP year)
  • AP Exam

Georgia Department of Education
Has two levels of French plus an AP level.

Bob Jones

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)

  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (Spanish only)
  • Course Taught By Proficient Speaker (option)

Bob Jones

The high school level curricula assume that the teacher speaks the foreign language, however I am including it in this list because of the option to choose the online distance learning class.
The high school curricula instruct the teacher to speak only the foreign language when teaching the class (this provides the immersion aspect).

BJU offers an elementary Spanish, three levels of high school Spanish, two levels of high school French, and two levels of Latin.
Includes Christian content.
You can choose just the textbook and workbook, or you can add DVDs or an online class.

Muzzy

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students

This is a cartoon designed to teach young children a foreign language. It’s been around for over 25 years and has now been redone. Their website says, “Developed by the BBC, MUZZY’s simple and effective program works by teaching through fun and animated stories featuring Muzzy and friends. These stories use the natural immersion method, which is modeled after the way children learn their first language.”

I think that children watching the cartoon as part of a lesson with direct instruction could be effective. I do not think that just having your children watch these DVDs without any additional instruction is likely to be effective. My children did not manage to pick up anything from either the French or Mandarin Chinese DVDs until we sat down and watched them together.

I have used older copies that I checked out from the library, and we have watched the newer series samples on YouTube. The older DVD and CD versions are ok. They’re cartoons talking, rather than actual people. My kids first called the old cartoons “creepy,” but now they love to watch Muzzy. I haven’t had a chance to use the newer versions, which seem to be updated cartoons. The first lessons that I was able to preview had almost the same of content, with small changes. The voice actors were clearer in the newer version. The old version has two levels. In the new version, I can only find one level available, but I’m not sure if it covers as much content. I prefer seeing an actual person talking because facial expression and mouth movement contribute to learning a language, but cartoons can be redubbed in many languages, which is probably why cartoons were used.

You can buy a new DVD set for $168 at this time, or get an online subscription for about $9.95/month. The DVD purchase includes one year of online subscription. The online subscription has additional features. The additional online features are 190 online games, 101 Vocabulary Builder Videos, 23 Original Sing Alongs, Printable Activities, Recording Studio, eBook, Online Picture Dictionary, Online Activity Book, Parents Guide, and Weekly Email Lessons. If these features are something that you and your child enjoy, they could go a long way towards making this effective. It’s available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, and Korean.

Indiana Online Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Older Students
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction

Indiana Online Academy
is an alternative charter school, but homeschool students can enroll and pay their own tuition. At this time it’s $275 for tuition per class. ASL, two years of French, and three years of Spanish.
Public school online settings don’t have a good track record of success, in general, but I am listing this so you are aware of what kinds of options might be available in your state.

 

School House Teachers.com

https://schoolhouseteachers.com has multiple options for curriculum and supplements. A yearly membership could be a good budget choice if you can use one of the foreign language curricula options.