Frequently Asked Questions
What are your credentials as a teacher?
I have a BSED in foreign language education from the University of Georgia. I spent time in Grenoble, France while earning that degree. I have been teaching French for 15 years. My first five years were in a public high school. The last ten years, I have been working with homeschoolers ages 6 and up.
Do classes only begin in August?
No. I am happy to begin a class at any time that I have availability in my schedule. If you need a big group in order to reduce your costs, however, you should keep in mind that August is the most popular start time for homeschooling families. January is the second most, and May is the third.
Can my student join a class after it has begun?
Why are your rates variable?
I don’t understand your rates. How do I know how much the class costs?
We don’t mean to make you guess! On the home page there is a list of classes that are currently forming. In that chart you will find a note about how many students have already registered for the class. You can use this information when viewing the class price list to gauge the price point. Keep in mind, however, that there may be a few people on a waiting list that are waiting to register until the price drops. If you join that waiting list, we could have enough people to drop the price for everyone. So be sure to submit a “request information” form if you want to be kept up-to-date on the pricing.
If I want the lowest possible rate, isn’t my best bet to wait to be the last one to sign up?
Well, not exactly. Your best bet is to be the first one on the waiting list who chose “I need a class with a larger group size and a lower cost.” Use the “request information” form to communicate your wish, and you will be notified when others register for the class. However, anyone else on the same list would also be notified, so you would want to respond quickly to avoid the class filling up without you. Another thing to consider is that everyone in the group gets the same price, whether they signed up first or last. So if the class is important to you, go ahead and register. And then, share information about the class with friends and homeschool groups to help lower the cost for everyone.
Do you offer a discount if we refer a friend? Or a sibling discount?
Because of the way the rates are structured, sometimes there is not enough of a margin to offer additional discounts. If you refer a friend to a class your child is in, it will probably result in a discount for everyone since it affects the group size. If you refer a friend to another section, or you enroll multiple children, you should ask if a discount is available in your case. Certain group sizes have a wider margin than others. You should ask about this early in the process, and I will have a final answer for you when the class fills up or ten days before the class starts, whichever comes first.
Why would anyone be the first to register for a class? Won't everyone just ask to stay on a waiting list until the cost is lowered?
Some families need to get started right away, particularly if they have a 10th or 11th grader who has not started his high school foreign language requirement. Some families have been waiting to get in with me for a while, because we were unable to mesh our schedules before. Those families are more concerned about guaranteeing their child a spot in the class than the cost of it, although of course everyone appreciates a deal. Also, it often happens that several families contact me around the same time with the same needs. When they learn there is already at least one other family who can join them for the class, they are happy to register and hope that more will sign up before the session begins. And finally, some families want to avoid the possibility of the class filling up without them, which could happen if they are on the waiting list but don't respond quickly enough when the "almost full" message goes out.
I don't want to register for a class until I'm sure what I would be expected to pay for it. What should I do?
Use the "request information" form to let us know you are thinking of registering your student for a particular class. We will stay in contact with you so you will know when the price drops. Before the class fills up, or ten days before the session is scheduled to begin, we will give you a final update on the price.
How does a live online class work?
I run the online classes using Zoom. The first time I video call you, you will be prompted to download an application to your computer. It takes a minute or less to install. Afterwards, you will not have to download or install the application again, you will just be asked whether to open the video call in the browser or using the application. You will always need to open it using the application so that the student can access the full features of Zoom.
What do the students do during the live online class?
During class time, I present material on my screen which I share with the students. With the screen sharing feature, where we can also access a virtual whiteboard, we can easily ask and answer questions back and forth. They will take notes, participate in conversations, read passages from their book aloud, and more activities that are similar to an actual classroom setting.
My student has been studying French using a self-paced program. I’m really not sure how much he has learned and whether he would be ready for French II in the fall. How can I know if your class will be a fit for him?
I would love to talk to you about your student’s previous experience in French. Often I can tell a lot just from the name of the curriculum he has used and whether he completed it or not. Other times, I find it necessary to do an evaluation with the student to determine placement. If you are seriously considering one of my classes, this evaluation is free. It usually takes about 15 minutes.
Are these classes completely in French?
How much homework is there for the elementary class? What materials do I buy?
How much homework is there for the middle school class?
How much homework is there for the high school class?
For a high school level class, it is expected that the student spends 5 hours a week on the material. One hour of that is with me during our weekly class meeting. The other four hours are assigned as homework. That homework is varied and includes online practice, youtube videos, listening exercises, worksheets, reading, and study time.
For the high school class, do the assignments have due dates?
Since my student is in high school, I expect him to take charge of his work and his grades. Is it OK if I just stay out of it?
I'd like for my high school French I student to participate in your class without doing any homework between lessons. Is that OK?
My student already has curriculum that he uses for grammar and writing practice. We really just need the conversation element of the course. What class should we sign up for?
You can choose between private tutoring or any of the sections that I have open to your child's grade and level. Some classes require an evaluation before registration. Submit a "request information" form and I will contact you with options.