Recommended Grade Level:9-12
Course Description: French 1--Whether your interests lie in math, science, social sciences or the humanities, you can be sure to benefit from the study of French, the second most wide-spread language after English, spoken on all continents.
In 2011, French was deemed by Bloomberg Business week to be one of the top three most useful languages for business, after English and Chinese.
So, if you want to be 'au courant', 'branché', 'chic', 'à la mode' and always have a certain 'je ne sais quoi' , then French is the language for you. So if you want to know what these mean, sign up for French I and become a francophone and a francophile!
French 2--Students continue their exploration of the language of Molière but will now be able to talk about past actions and descriptions.
Students will become familiar with French Literature in the form of simple poems, short stories, realia, songs, commercials, etc.
French 3--Students will continue their journey through the French Language.
The themes covered in French 1 are covered in greater depth. In addition to the textbook, students are introduced to different genres of literature as well as a brief overview of French history.
Focus is on expanding their listening and speaking skills by offering them a more extensive vocabulary to include idiomatic expressions and 'argot' (French slang).
This Pre-AP course does not go faster but rather delves deeper.
French 4--This is the year in which the first two years of French come together. Students are now able to have a class taught totally in French and are expected to speak only in French.
The class is much smaller and their is a great opportunity for more one on one. The language comes alive through newscasts, podcasts, TV5Monde, newspapers, songs and French comics and literature.
French 4 AP--Students will enjoy the level of French that allows them to read newspapers, listen to broadcasts and interviews and engage in a variety of topics at an advance level, while improving their writing skills through a more in depth study of literature, culture and grammar.
French 1--The First Year includes the following topics:
Themes: Self, Family, Others, School, Sports and Leisure Activities,
Cuisine, Cafés and Restaurants, Weather and Seasons
This year focuses on the present tense of both regular and irregular verbs and vocabulary.
A great deal of the course involves mastering the correct French pronunciation, speaking and listening comprehension.
French 2--The topics covered in French 1 are covered in more depth. In addition to the textbook, their reading abilities are further enhanced by the stories of French comic strip writers, Sempé and Goscinny. These short stores of Le petit Nicholas (the French equivalent of Dennis the Menace) allow students to better understand both French culture and French humor.
What better way to learn a language than by reading stories about the adventures of kids?
Many poems of Jacques Prévert are covered as well as others that tie in to our themes throughout the year.
French 2 PAP--History: From Gaul to the Middle Ages
Le Petit Nicholas - Goscinny et Sempé
Selected readings from a variety of French poets
Grammar- The year focuses on being able to talk using the past tenses.
French 3 PAP--Topics of French 1 and 2 are expanded upon as well as new topics such as Household chores, handyman projects, nature and ecology, work and money, fine arts and leisure activities.
Excerpts of the novel, Le petit prince by Antoine de St. Exupéry
as well as many short stories of Alphonse Daudet and Guy de Maupassant, and of course, the poetry of Jacques Prévert, Hugo, Queneau, Damas, Senghor et Tirolien.
French 4 AP--The College Board has set forth the following themes:
Science and Technology
Personal and Public Identities
Beauty and Aesthetics
Family and Communities
French 1--One project per year - Mini-project on a cultural topic to be presented to the class in English.
A minimum of 3 tests per six weeks which is to include an Oral Exam.
French 2--One project on a province of France to be presented to the class in French.
Three major grades minimum per six weeks to include at least one Oral Exam.
French 2 PAP--One project on a province of France presented to the class in French
Three major tests minimum per six weeks to include an oral exam.
French 3 PAP--One project on a topic of the student's choice pending teacher approval presented to the class in French.
Three major exam grades per six weeks to include an oral exam.
French 4 AP--Presentations to the class every six weeks.
Timed writings every six weeks.
Short stories and a novel each semester.