French Essentials for homeschool


Just wanted to let you know that everything is working great! We are really enjoying the lessons and the simplicity of it all! I so wish … read more

Mary and Chris F.
2013-03-27, 15:07
Wonderful easy to use program with a strong emphasis on speaking. My son really likes this program.

2013-05-27, 23:27
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 … read more

Joetta Witowski
2013-05-20, 12:49
Salut! This is our last day of school for this year and we finished Module 2. This is the longest we have stayed with a program and we are very … read more

Dana Huller
2011-12-05, 12:28
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 … read more

Brenda Schubert
2012-09-24, 12:45
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 … read more

Terry Borne
2012-09-30, 12:07
I am so excited for a curriculum that incorporates writing, reading, listening, and speaking French! There is a greater chance of retention when … read more

Pam Guiles
2013-08-01, 20:31
FRENCH ESSENTIALS includes all the important elements of learning a second language - listening, speaking, reading and writing. And it is laid out … read more

Joetta Witowski
2012-05-30, 12:44
Greatly disappointed with the twaddle of competitive curriculums with hopeful promises, we stumbled upon French Essentials. Lessons are well planned, … read more

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

Phil Portugal
2013-05-27, 14:43
Program is very affordable and easy to use. Module 1 has been a quick review for my son who took one year of French and needed to refresh his skills … read more

Barbara F.
2013-03-12, 15:06
Thanks for your quick response.

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 … read more

Julie-Marie Bourque
2012-01-25, 12:47

The French Essentials Team


The authors


The authors are both teachers and passionate about the French language and culture. They live in historic Quebec City with their two children. Greg Shone holds a BA History, a BA French from Université Laval and a teaching certificate from Simon Fraser University. Starting his career as a high school French and French immersion teacher, he now devotes his time to French Essentials. Irene Shone holds a BA French, a teaching certificate and a MA Linguistics all from Université Laval. She is currently a language teacher for the Canadian Armed Forces.


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The voice of French Essentials


Marion Cabanac is the voice behind the beautiful, clear crisp French heard in the lessons. She holds a BA in communication and has had a long career in communications which has included publishing, radio and television.





Mme Irène Wendland, BA, MA Linguistics

Québec, Québec, Canada


Mme Brinda Devi Chengadu, BA, MA French

Quatre Bornes, Republic of Mauritius


Mme Ginette Mortier-Faulkner BA, MA Linguistics

Paris, France


Graphic design & Webmaster


M. Philippe Portugal, Phil Portugal Graphic Services

Marseille, France