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     World Language-French I

     Syllabus

    Grades 8-12/Full year

    Teacher: Madame Klein

     Course Description:

     This course offers an introduction to the basic elements of the French language. These basic elements include usage of vocabulary, grammar, verbs, listening, and speaking skills. Emphasis is placed on learning about the culture of French-speaking people. The French program teaches a variety of useful language skills while increasing the awareness and understanding of the French people, their culture, and their nation.

     Student Objectives:

    • To master the alphabet and proper accentuation of the French language
    • To ask and answer questions in French
    • To learn the structure of elementary French grammar such as pronoun use, position and agreement of adjectives, use of the negative, and others.
    • To learn to use verbs in the present tense
    • To recognize and comprehend vocabulary in oral and written form
    • To write basic sentences in French with attention to appropriate grammar and sentence structure
    • To understand the different customs and traditions of French-speaking countries and to know the role that family plays in France
    • To be encouraged to continue to augment his or her skills in further study of the French language
    • To develop a solid understanding of level one French which is essential for future study

    Course content includes learning the following:

    1. Family and school
    2. Francophone world
    3. Greetings and salutations
    4. Alphabet and accents
    5. Food, beverages, and shopping
    6. Sports and leisure
    7. French school and subjects
    8. Numbers
    9. Telling time
    10. Days of the week, months, dates, and seasons
    11. Weather
    12. Colors
    13. Adjective agreement
    14. Nationalities
    15. Classroom objects
    16. Towns and Parisian life
    17. Regional and ethnic cuisine
    18. Definite and indefinite articles
    19. Subject pronouns
    20. Adverbs
    21. Irregular verbs avoir, être, faire, 
    22. Idiomatic expressions with avoir
    23. Regular -er verbs
    24. Regular -ir verbs
    25. Regular -re verbs
    26. Interrogative
    27. Expressing preferences
    28. Leisure time activities
    29. Cultural topics: Life in Martinique, Haiti, Québec, French-speaking Africa
    30. Educational system in France

    Activities include:

    Games, songs, projects, workbook and CD listening activities, worksheets, flashcards, on-line computer activities and games, Canvas activities,videos, films, cultural/holiday events may include French cuisine based on the topic of learning.

     Course requirements:

    • Participation in classroom drill, practice, or recitation. Good classroom behavior, student cooperation, and positive attitude are expected. A class performance or participation  grade is included with other grades. Students must have their assigned textbook for class each day and their notebook.
    • Written quizzes, tests, and chapter exams (preparation required)
    • Completion of regular homework assignments. Late homework assignments receive half credit and must be submitted the following day. This includes translations and other assigned work. 
    • Written work completed in class such as translations, worksheets, communicative activities, activating strategies, dictations, etc.
    • Completion of individual and collaborative projects.
    • Missed work due to absence can be submitted late but should be completed in a timely manner. This includes homework and tests. Students must arrange a time to make up a test upon their return to school.
    • Completion of activities and homework presented on Canvas. Students who maintain a school computer must bring their computer to class each day.
    • Maintenance of a language folder and notebook (or in binder) for notes, vocabulary sheets, cultural information, handouts, etc. This is mandatory and will be checked and graded. These notes are necessary in preparation for the final exam at the end of the year.
    • Practice of flashcards (on-line or written) for each chapter
    • Final Examination at end of the school year. Content will cover the entire school year. Preparation is necessary.

    The grading system is based on the total number of points for the marking period. This includes points accumulated on homework, tests, quizzes, class performance, and effort. Students must maintain a grade of 70% by the end of the school year in order to advance to French II at the high school. 

    At the end of level 2 in the high school, students may participate in the French Honor Society. Students must maintain a 90% average for the year at the end of level 2 to be a part of this national organization.

    Materials:

    Discovering French Today! textbook (Houghton Mifflin 2013 copyright), CDs, listening comprehension manual, transparencies, workbook, and additional on-line textbook. Other resources: books, worksheets, puzzles, games, posters, maps, computer activities, and games, CANVAS practice activities, web quests, videos, films, and other supplementary resources.