This is an introductory course for students who are beginning their study of French. It is also an appropriate entry level point for students who are studying French as their second or third foreign language. This fast paced course will complete level one of French in one semester. Skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing will be developed through intensive acquisition of vocabulary and grammar. A study of the culture of French-speaking countries is also included. At the end of the course, students earning an A will be recommended for French 2 Honors. All others will continue with French 2CP.
5322: College Prep
After a brief review in the basic skill areas, emphasis is on the continued development of listening and speaking skills and the expansion of reading and writing skills. Acquisition of additional vocabulary is stressed and the culture of the French-speaking world is also studied. Listening and speaking are continued in classroom situations, conversations, original presentations, and the use of authentic recorded materials. New grammar and vocabulary are introduced and reinforced in oral and written exercises and work with reading passages. The students use the French language to produce compositions, do supplementary reading, and continue to study about aspects of the French culture. The French language is used extensively in all activities.
In the Honors course, students keep a weekly written journal. Students practice their writing skills by responding to a selection of prompts.
5332: College Prep
The development of French listening and speaking skills is continued through classroom conversation, dialogues, and presentations. Emphasis is placed on the study of intermediate level grammar concepts. New structures and vocabulary are introduced contextually in classroom presentations and reading passages. Students read and discuss selections from literature and other authentic materials. Original compositions are written on various topics. Reading passages are used to expand the students’ vocabulary, and writing skills are enhanced. Study of the culture of the countries of the French-speaking world will continue. The French language is used extensively in all activities.
In the Honors course, students keep a weekly reading journal. Students practice their reading skills by reading newspaper or magazine articles, poems, short stories or novels and then writing their reactions. In addition, students will read the short story, Le Chandail de hockey and the novel, Oscar et la dame rose.
This course combines a variety of advanced level listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Special projects are assigned to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of cultural areas of the French-speaking world. The emphasis in the course is on the continued development of understanding and speaking skills as well as the development of writing proficiency through the use of compositions. Literary selections and other authentic materials are read and discussed. In this Honors course, students keep a weekly audio journal. Students practice their listening and speaking skills by listening to podcasts, news reports, films, etc. and then recording their thoughts and reactions. Students will also read the classic, Le Petit prince. All activities are conducted exclusively in French.
5342: College Prep
This is a college preparatory class for students who have successfully completed French 3. The main focus of the course is the continued development of intermediate level skills in the areas of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Literary selections and other authentic materials are read and discussed. Exploration of French language and culture will continue through projects and the study of contemporary films. The French language is used extensively in all activities.
FRENCH SEMINAR H
French Seminar Honors is a course designed for students who have completed French 4H or CP and wish to continue their study of French at a level other than AP. Students will continue to develop their language skills through the study of French culture and history, in both film and authentic texts. Possible themes may include: defining French identity in the 21st century, les Beaux Arts, World War II France, love and relationships and changing trends in food and health in modern day France. In addition, analysis and discussion of current events in the francophone world, in a weekly Coin Café, are an integral part to the course. The French language is used extensively in all activities.
AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
5371: Advanced Placement
This class is designed to increase the fluency and level of sophistication with which students express themselves in French, and develops their ability to understand the language and the cultures of the French-speaking world. AP French is designed to develop the ability to understand spoken French in various contexts, to develop a French vocabulary sufficient for reading newspaper and magazine articles and literary texts. The course is devoted to activities which specifically prepare students to take and succeed on the Advanced Placement exam and trains students in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational aspects of communication within the six themes of Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. A variety of authentic materials will be used (newspapers, magazine articles, literature, podcasts, news programs, music) from many francophone sources. All activities are conducted exclusively in French.
ADVANCED FRENCH STUDIES
Grades 11- 12
This literature and film course is the highest level French course designed for the student who has completed AP French language. (Students registered for AP French Language and Culture in the spring may register for this course in the preceding fall semester.) In this course students will read novels and watch films that discuss themes such as immigration and alienation, the role of women, West African society, existentialism, adolescence, family, and the French perspective on World War II. Novels include works by authors Guy de Maupassant, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras among others. Students will read and discuss various works of literature, watch several films thematically linked to the novels and produce compositions and oral presentations analyzing the themes and characters from the novels and films. All activities are conducted exclusively in French.
Prerequisite: AP French Language and Culture or approval from French teacher.