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Are Skype French Classes for You?  

Thanks to technology, Skype French lessons are becoming a wonderful alternative to the traditional classroom to learn the French language.

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At NaperFrench,we still firmly believe that for beginners, face-to-face lessons are necessary to help shape their pronunciation and articulation. However, for the intermediate to advanced speaker who has reached a certain level of proficiency and simply needs to augment their skills and practice conversation, Skye French lessons are a convenient, time efficient option. In fact, Skype French lessons can break down the obstacles that keep students from learning a new language because all they need is a computer and a willingness to learn.   

For the more advanced student, Skype French lessons offer numerous benefits:

Location/Convenience. Of course the convenience of a Skype lesson is the most attractive reason to sign up. For students with a tight schedule or those who find themselves traveling for business or away from Naperville often, offering Skype French lessons makes practicing the language more accessible. Even with the busiest schedule, most students can fit in a lesson when it is only a simple phone call and click away.

A Focused Environment.  There is something to be said for choosing the environment in which you have your lesson. For some people, a Skype French lesson may even allow an opportunity for greater focus. Students can use headphones to adjust volume and minimize external noise. Also, with less reliance on body language and more emphasis on listening, the student becomes familiar with the “music” of the language. The pronunciation of words can become clearer. With increased focus on the auditory, the student builds confidence in speaking and listening more quickly.

A More Interactive Lesson. Instead of relying on worksheets, Skype French lessons rely on verbal communication, with the clever employment of chat boxes when necessary. The instructor can type into the chat box in real time, giving immediate feedback on their writing and speaking. Students can use chat boxes to type in questions as well.

Quick Sharing: Communication or document sharing between the student and instructor need not be slowed because the lesson is on Skype. A tutor can share or transfer documents instantly, including access to millions of pictures, videos, examples etc. to help a student illustrate what is being communicated. With Skype, you can share a screen, which becomes useful to show websites or PowerPoint presentations. 

Speaking With a French Native Speaker. Learning French from a French native speaker is the most immersive way to learn a language outside of traveling to another country. Native speakers naturally have correct punctuation of words and provide a unique view of culture and history from someone who lived it. However, not every native speaker is an excellent instructor. With Skype French lessons, you can easily connect with a native speaker who also provides high quality, individualized and custom instruction whether you are around the corner or across the country! All ages are eligible for Skype lessons from NaperFrench, although they must have reached a certain level of proficiency. A simple consultation with Anne will determine whether you/your child is eligible for Skype French lessons.

Whether you choose Skype French lessons or not, NaperFrench offers a unique and customized French class curriculum. Anne makes the language fun and exciting.  Give me a call today 630.405.3840 and start experiencing learning French online!

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How Long Does it Take to Learn French?

The short answer to this question, how long does it take to learn French, is that it depends on the student. Anyone wanting to learn French must be willing to put in the time and effort needed to succeed. Programs that promise you can learn French in a ridiculously short period of time is just as it sounds…ridiculous!   

If you are leaving tomorrow to live in France and become totally immersed in the culture and language, you will likely learn French more quickly than in a classroom setting.  This form of learning is called “immersion.”  Unfortunately, we cannot all have that experience. Learning French on the homefront without the benefit of mixing with the natives may seem challenging, but learning from a native French speaking tutor can be the next best thing.

In general, one year of one-on-one instruction with a tutor from NaperFrench is equivalent to two years of college instruction, provided you put in the time outside the classroom in continued practice and study.  In general, for every hour of classroom time spent learning with a tutor, you should spend a minimum 1-2 hours outside the classroom with continued exposure to French. For students this is done by listening to media with people speaking French, watching movies with subtitles, looking at French literature, etc. With such a commitment, you can expect to develop reasonable fluency and feel comfortable traveling abroad and having conversations in under a year. However, your personal pace in reaching your goals will depend on three main factors:

  1. Motivation.  Motivation is key in learning anything in life, especially a language.  Those who learn French because they want to travel, communicate, or experience another culture are more willing to put in effort.  Those who learn for school or job do not do as well.  The quality of classes and the amount of practice are all important.  Someone highly motivated is more likely to put time into learning.  If you spend an hour a day vs. an hour a week practicing, you will learn more in a shorter period.
  2. Reasonable Expectations.  Learning French is a process.  People who set unrealistically high expectations and goals become discouraged and are tempted to skip over the elementary skills, like learning vocabulary,  grammar, etc. which must be mastered before conversation is possible. Skipping the basics is like trying to run before you’ve learned to walk.
  3. Capability.  Capability of learning another language plays a role.  Of course, everyone can learn a language, but some have found better methods than others.  The people who can speak multiple languages (4, 5, 6 languages) have put time, effort, and hard work into practice and learning. Multilingual speakers who wonder how long it takes to learn French will find they can probably master it a little faster than others who have not studied a foreign language for several reasons. First, they know which techniques work best for them to learn a language, whether that’s immersion, one-on-one, etc. and they seek it out. Second, they may find some linguistic similarities between the language they know and French that will help them learn vocabulary, grammar, syntax, etc. more easily. Third, they have the right mindset and expectations of the process so they can more easily make the commitment to learn, practice and succeed since they have done it before.

In short, how long it takes to learn French depends on your time commitment.  One-on-one instruction with NaperFrench provides the highest quality curriculum but your own motivation, expectations and capability will work in your favor. Are you ready to learn French? Lessons are also now available via skype and in person.  Contact NaperFrench today at 630-405-3840.

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