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French 1

Le Programme des Études: Français 1 (2015-2016)

French 1 is an introduction to the French language and culture presenting the building blocks of second language acquisition through the alphabet, number system, basic grammar, and vocabulary. The main emphasis is on the oral-aural aspect of the language with initiation of writing skills. Presentation is methodical to allow students to grasp the basics of French and to use them in real life situations. In accordance with the language proficiency guidelines established by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), students will develop their basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing to the NOVICE-low level. Students are able to speak, understand, read, and write isolated words and learned phrases to communicate simple, elementary needs.

So, why learn French? One of the best reasons to learn French is to help you understand your own language. Although English is a Germanic language, French has had an enormous impact on it. In fact, French is the largest donor of foreign words in English. Unless your English vocabulary is much higher than average, learning French will greatly increase the number of English words you know.

An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa).

French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, as well as films and songs, in the original French. France is the world’s number-one tourist destination and attracts more than 70 million visitors a year. A little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climes of the Cote d’Azur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other places.

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg. An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all the continents and news from the leading French-language international media (TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale).

Class Website All daily activities and assignments will be posted on the website. Many will be sent to your Google Drive French folder. If you are absent from class, mentally or physically, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. If you do not have access to the Internet at home, you should plan time during study halls to check the website.

Required Materials Writing utensil (preferably pencil or blue/black pen) 3 ring binder (Students are responsible for keeping their binders neat and organized in case of a surprise notebook check (hint, hint)). Discovering French Bleu textbook and workbook Chrome book

Grading Homework Assignments: 25% Class Participation (written and oral): 25% Lesson Quizzes: 25% Unit Tests: 25% Midterm and Final Exam

Homework Assignments In this class, students will have homework on a nightly basis. All homework assignments will be collected and graded. No late work will be accepted unless I have given prior permission.

Quizzes and Tests Each lesson of the textbook takes about a week to cover. We will have a quiz after every lesson. At the end of a unit, students will take a test, which will assess speaking, listening, reading, and writing ability. If a student is absent on the day of the quiz or test, they have no more than one week (5 school days) to make it up.

Plagiarism and Machine Translation Do not use online translators. I will be able to tell. You will receive a zero and the administration will be notified. Do your own work. If you need help, come see me.