French Essentials for homeschool

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2013-05-28, 13:32
FRENCH ESSENTIALS is an excellent program to introduce your child to the basics of the French language from home. It is clear, easy to use and will he...

Julie-Marie Bourque
2012-01-25, 12:47
Greatly disappointed with the twaddle of competitive curriculums with hopeful promises, we stumbled upon French Essentials. Lessons are well planned, ...

Renee Blokzyl
2012-09-14, 12:48
Very nice website. Parents can find all the info and children got their working area. Everything is clear.

Phil Portugal
2013-05-27, 14:43
Finally a French home schooling course that goes at a pace anyone can handle... Since the building block approach is the method, that means being sure...

Brenda Schubert
2012-09-24, 12:45
FRENCH ESSENTIALS includes all the important elements of learning a second language - listening, speaking, reading and writing. And it is laid out in...

Joetta Witowski
2012-05-30, 12:44
We have been impressed with the excellent teaching strategies employed in the FRENCH ESSENTIALS curriculum. Our students continue to enjoy the program...

Erik vonNiessen
2013-05-28, 13:28
We appreciate the way the program is laid out. Very easy to follow. We like the emphasis on communication and that the method is more than just listen...

Deborah C.
2013-01-08, 15:08
I think this program is a wonderful approach to teaching French. Its very immersive and the worksheets allow for lots of review. I am learning right a...

Terry Borne
2012-09-30, 12:07
An excellent way to learn French! My son loves this program. Having the content in video as well as audio makes it seem far more interactive, more enj...

Kathy Trotter
2012-03-17, 12:27
We have been impressed with the excellent teaching strategies employed in the FRENCH ESSENTIALS curriculum. Our students continue to enjoy the program...

Erik vonNiessen
2012-06-30, 12:46
French Essentials includes all the important elements of listening, speaking, reading and writing to learn a second language. And it is laid out in a ...

Joetta Witowski
2013-05-20, 12:49
My girls have not learned any French at all before this year and they are enjoying and retaining what they are learning. I believe this is because of ...

Vicki Martin
2012-07-30, 12:47

About Us



The authors

The authors are happily married, both teachers, and passionate about the French language and culture. They live in St-Rédempteur, Québec, a suburb of Quebec City with their two children, Jessica and Nicolas who attend school in French and are homeschooled in English. 



How we got started


We began as a small tutoring service which came about through requests for tutoring from friends in the homeschool community. This eventually led to the development of a DVD French curriculum for home use. In August 2010, in order to make it more affordable and accessible, French Essentials was converted from top to bottom into a new downloadable format and was launched.



Our bio


Irene Shone  Apart from being a classical violinist, Irene holds a BA French, a postgraduate certificate in French Linguistics and a teaching certificate all from Université Laval. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Linguistics at Université Laval while teaching in the Modern languages department at Collège Merici, Quebec City.


Greg Shone  He holds a BA History from the University of Alberta, a BA French from Université Laval and a teaching certificate from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Starting his career as a high school French and French immersion teacher, he now devotes his time to French Essentials.

And loves it!



Our team


Graphic design & Webmaster


M. Philippe Portugal, from Marseille, France, Owner Phil Portugal Services Graphiques


Principal Editor & Video Instructor


Brinda Devi Chengadu, BA, MA French, French Teacher, from the Republic of Mauritius


Video Instructors


M. Legentil, BED, French & French Immersion Teacher, from Île de St. Pierre, France


Mme Legentil, BED, French Teacher, from Vancouver, Canada


Mme Cosneau, BA, MA Education (FSL), French Teacher, from Nantes, France


Mme Bourzine, DEC, from Bordeaux, France


M. Toppan, Teacher, from Toulouse, France


Mme Brisson, Retired Professor, CMQ, from Paris, France


M. Brébaud, BA, MA French, French Immersion Teacher, from Paris, France