Learning Recommendations: Grade 9, C- or better in middle school Language Arts class. Grades 10-12, C- or better in English. Students should spend 10-20 minutes daily studying, in addition to assigned homework.

General Description: This class provides an introduction to the language and culture of the French-speaking world. Students will engage in meaningful conversation on a variety of topics drawn from everyday life. They will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, using interpersonal, intrapersonal and presentational modes of communication. Through readings, video, music and art, students will develop an understanding of the cultural practices and perspectives of the French-speaking countries. They will make connections to other subject areas as they learn about the history and geography of the Francophone world and its contributions to mathematics, science, the arts, and the development of the English language. Students will be taught predominantly in French. However, English will be used as needed to support the comprehension of some complex grammatical structures.

Content:

  • French-speaking world
  • Greetings
  • School
  • Schedules
  • Family
  • Friends
  • City
  • Café
  • Leisure activities
  • Weather
  • Parties
  • Clothing
  • Vacations

Grammar:

  • Nouns and articles
  • Numbers
  • Question formation
  • Negation
  • Telling time
  • Descriptive adjectives
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Present tense –er, -ir, -re verbs
  • Present tense of irregular verbs
  • Prepositions
  • Direct object pronouns
  • Indirect object pronouns

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Collaborative learning opportunities
  • Communicative activities
  • Listening activities
  • Video programs
  • Writing and presentation of dialogues
  • Cultural readings in French
  • Connections to other disciplines in French
  • A variety of assessments, including written and spoken