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Learning Recommendations:  In order to be successful in French 3, students should have demonstrated proficiency in French 2. It is recommended that students have a C- or better to continue into French 3. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in the past, present and future.

General Description:  French 3 is a year-long class that provides ongoing exploration of the culture and language of the French-speaking world. Students will further develop their skills in spoken and written French at a functional level, using interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Students will build on listening and reading skills, and will continue their study of French grammar. Students will also read a variety of authentic texts. Daily homework, participation and attendance are essential. Communication between students and teacher will be almost exclusively in French. It is expected that French 3 students will be able to utilize conversational French to function in the class with very little use of English.

Content:

  • Relationships
  • City life
  • Media     
  • Television   
  • Family      
  • Science and technology
  • Inventions
  • Vacation
  • Want ads/apartment hunting
  • Crime/stories
  • Leisure activities
  • Debates
  • Social networks
  • Society
  • Telling stories

Grammar

  • present tense
  • spelling changing verbs
  • reflexive verbs
  • passé composé
  • imperfect
  • adjectives
  • adverbs
  • subjunctive
  • future
  • conditional
  • pluperfect
  • past conditional
  • future perfect
  • “if” clauses
  • relative pronouns
  • object pronouns
  • passive voice
  • gerund
  • passé simple

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Collaborative learning opportunities
  • Communicative activities
  • Listening activities
  • Short films
  • Video programs
  • Writing and presentation of dialogues
  • Cultural readings in the target language
  • Connections to other disciplines in French
  • A variety of assessments; written and oral
  • Language laboratory

Homework:  Students are expected to study 20 -30 minutes daily in addition to homework assignments.

Course Fee / Materials:  Equipment to be provided by student: Students will need access to the Internet to use their on-line textbook and do homework on the D’accord (IHS) and Rond-Point (UW) websites. They will purchase a copy of the novel, le Petit Prince and a subscription to YABLA, an on-line video program.

College in High School:  CHS UW French 103: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors will have the option to earn 5 university credits from the University of Washington through the College in the High School program. Sign-ups will be in January. The fee for the class is approximately $370.00 (includes class fee plus registration fee) paid at the time of registration. Grades will be based on tests given for chapters 11-15 of Rond-Point 2nd edition, a mid-term exam, a final exam and an oral interview at the end of the course.