French I  (1 year)    Elective   Grades 9-12

In French I, students learn the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary for simple communication in French.  Emphasis is on the spoken language, which is practiced in small groups, pairs, and individually.  Listening, reading, and writing are also emphasized as a means to acquire fluency. The culture, civilization and geography of French-speaking countries will be introduced, including a study of festivals and holidays.  Many everyday situations, which one would encounter as a traveler in French-speaking countries, provide material for the study. Realia from Francophone countries, the internet, literature, film clips, and authentic cooking projects provide a cultural context for the student. 

One must pass French with a grade of C- or higher or demonstrate mastery of the competencies studied to continue to the next level. 

French II  (1 year)    Elective   Grades 10-12

French II builds on the skills and concept learned in French I.  Students will explore the French and Francophone world more in depth, including a study of the regions of France.  Oral and written activities provide practice in speaking, listening, writing, reading, and cultural understanding both in group and individual settings.  Emphasis is on the spoken language and students are expected to speak in French when possible.  Realia from Francophone countries, the internet, literature, film clips, and authentic cooking projects provide a cultural context for the student. 

Students must pass the first semester to continue to second semester.  To enroll in French II, students in French I must pass second semester with a C- or higher.


French III   Elective   Grades 11-12

Prerequisite:  French II grade of C- or higher.

With a course-long emphasis on oral communication, French III begins with a review of grammar previously studied in French II. Students are expected to participate as much as possible in French and the class is conducted in French. In addition to advanced grammar study, students will embark on the study of the French history and architecture.   Realia¬≠¬≠ from Francophone countries, the internet, literature, film clips and authentic cooking projects provide a cultural context for the student. 

One must pass with a grade of C- or higher to continue on to French IV.


French IV   Elective  Grade 12

Prerequisite:  French III grade of C or higher or teacher approval.

 

Grammar and vocabulary previously learned is reviewed, used in a contextualized manner and expanded.  Oral proficiency is emphasized and students are expected to participate fully in French.  Students will read French literature excerpts and continue the study of French history and architecture.  Topics relating to current world issues involving Francophone countries will be discussed.  Francophone realia, art, film clips, and authentic cooking projects are used to supplement cultural studies.  Class discussions will be held in French.