First Start FrenchHot
First Start French is the perfect introduction to French for students at grade levels 6 through 8. If you would like to add a modern language to your Latin studies, here’s the program for you. Modeled after the approachable Latina Christiana format, you will be able to teach your students the basics of grammar, help them develop a large vocabulary, and assist them in beginning to speak French. You will enjoy learning along with them as they practice conversation, reading, and translation, and are introduced to French culture.
This is easy even for the homeschool parent who didn't ever study French, because the audio CD does the pronunciation and teaching, for you. The workbook is straightforward, and this is the same classic vocabulary-building and phrase-learning system most people remember from high school foreign language classes...which most people never actually learned to speak much, in that language, with. But it's a start, and perfectly adequate.
I did notice that the French pronunciation on the CD had a very distinctive and emphatic /r/ sound, which might be because they are trying to emphasize that sound for those learning, but it does not sound like a native French speaker, unless there is a place in France where people do use such an amount of emphasis on the /r/. Normally, when you hear Parisian French, the phrase 'au revoir' does not sound like it has 3 distinct syllables, but in this audio CD, it does. Again, that may be purposeful, in order to enunciate the sound clearly to the nonnative learner.
At any rate, anyone who does not speak French, may use this curriculum as a stand-alone introductory class, and seek more intensive training elsewhere.