Course Overview Years of Study – the school offers four years of French, beginning in Grade 9.
This class is conducted in French. Teacher is a native speaker and expect students response to be almost exclusively in French. Grading: Class participation 20%
Grammar and writing 15%
Listening and reading comprehension 12%
Content and knowledge:
STANDARD 1: Communication
-conversation with appropriate socio-linguistic patterns promotes meaningful two way communication
-appropriate language forms
--extended practice of complex forms and sounds
-comprehension and interpretation of world language and perspective
-personal and informal stories and narratives promote cross-cultural and interpersonal understanding
STANDARD 2: Culture
-culture and perception of self
-exposure to other cultures
-personal accounts and stories of historical figures
-international vs. national perspective
-styles of architecture
-art and music
STANDARD 3: Connections
-language connects world through information
-language learning enhances knowledge in other arenas:
--circumstances and impact on reality: demographic, political, and social
--driving and the metric system
--compare English to language of study
-Language study reinforces sameness of people around the world, while highlighting the diversity
--grammar patterns and comparisons between English and language of study
STANDARD 5: Communities
-Relationship building strengthens communication
--adapting to modern world
Students will study more complex grammatical structures, be introduced to writing directed composition, speak conversations of multiple exchanges, and learn about the French speaking world and its culture. Students will be able to comprehend some familiar elements – phrases, idiomatic expressions, setting, information, etc. – in everyday material produced for native speakers of the language spoken at a normal rate of speech.
A variety of literacy from Children comic books and counts to Maupassant or Bellemare shorts stories, new paper, magazines, movie scripts, etc.
Read article or section as a class. The students underline the words that are not familiar and try to substitute them with another word that gives sense to the content of the reading passage. Students start discussions or debates in order to find out which word fits best.
After we determined all of our missing words, make a summary of the passage or article without the article being available to read. Tell the summary to class without notes. Possible class debates outcomes.
A variety of resources is offered, from French TV news to school resources CDs, movies, songs, TV debates or entertainments.
The students will listen to a conversation, interactions, news, debates, movies with and without subtitles, etc. Students will discuss content of such recordings and orally summarize them. Students will also answer mostly teacher made worksheet on the same model as the AP test for best practice and might as well write an essay on topic listened and discussed.
Functions► Listening – multiple choice; Writing (essay); Speaking: (free answer)Oral:
The oral will be focused this year on the AP test format. After a lesson and relevant grammar and vocabulary, the students will be given a situation to describe or discuss. Students will be given an image to describe and or discuss without notes and little personal preparation (other than the prior lesson as a class).
Functions► Speaking – (Free responses)
Textbook and resources: Bon voyage is the textbook used by the school and will be used for grammar references and vocabulary in situations.
CD from Bon voyage methods and from AP samples and practices.
Website such as :
Course Planner Week 1-3 (15 days)
Contemporary Life – CR6c
L’été en France. Que font les français l’été ?
Discussions on the vacations in France and what French people do in the summer emphasizing a review on the present tense and “vouloir” et “pouvoir” and many other irregular and regular verbs.
Les parcs d’attractions.
Les campings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pzAPwsCVrU
St Tropez. (Les gendarmes FIII)
Readings : Max et Lili font du camping and relevant articles and podcasts.
DELF P 79 Les français privilégient les loisirs aux grande vacances.
End of chapter – FIV et présentations en Français aux FIII.
FIII – Choisir une région de France et faire présentation.
Weeks 4-6 (15 days)
Focus on Imparfait
Chapitre 7B in Espace.
The students will learn how to book a hotel.
Global challenges – Environment- CR6a
Vocbulary relevant to the ecology and recycling, the renewable/clean energy and Global warming.
Power Point using the imparfait: “now it is, before it used to be” regarding the environment. (AP)
Mandatory use of topics such as GMO, nuclear, ozone layer…
Family and community CR6e
Power point on students’ habits when they were kids as a family and present to the class (III), the student will give their script to the teacher before the presentation writing skill assessment and for a better and cleaner oral presentation.
Discussions and comparisons to French traditions.
Lili et Max fêtent Noel en famille
Weeks 7-9 (15 days)
Family and community CR6e Grammar review
Imparfait and passé-composé
Chapters 8A and B
B) Students will be able to use the passé composé & recognize the imparfait.
C) Students will be able to use both passé composé and imparfait in story context.
News listening, discussions and introduction to plusquam perfect and past conditional with given situation to discuss and write about. Paragraphs and translation exercises.
The students will learn to differentiate and distinguish the two past tenses (perfect and imperfect)
With the support of the theme “Lodging in France” the student will learn how French people live in their household and will evaluate the issues of lodging in France.
FIII - The student will write a tale with both tenses and share with the class on a Power Point.
The students will make comparison between their community and
Fall B - Reading a story – Pierre Bellmare – FIV
Weeks 9-10 (10 days)
Personal and Public Identities – Multiculturalism- CR6d
Science and technology CR6b
The students will learn about French Guyana and reinforce the Passé-composé/Imparfait usage.
La Guyane – Papillon – Les Hmong – Dreyfus – Seznec
Révisions passé composé/imparfait
La fusée Arianne P 369
Grammar : Venir de. The student will know how to express something they just did.
The students will earn about the French Social Security and the recent past (Espace 10 A et B)
Global challenges La loi du marché/Samba ?- FIV
Weeks 12-13 - FIII
The student will learn infinitive idiomatic expression and have a French approach on technology. (Espace 11A)
The students will learn how to express an action with doubts or reserves. They will learn to say what they would do in different situations.
Conditional- (Espace 11B)
The student will present a Power point in conditional to the class, things they would do in certain situations.
Week 12-13 (10 jours)
Personal and Public Identities – Multiculturalism- CR6d
Roman- Un papillon dans la cité - Gisèle Pineau- FIV
La cour de Babel
Immigration (Samba/ Welcome)
Weeks 14-17 (20 jours)
Beauty and Aesthetics – CR6f
FIV - The students will learn how to express thing they will do or that From Saint-Exupéry, the class segues to Fables. These are quick and relatively easy to read, so after reading La Fontaine’s fables together, students select fables to work on individually. They read and study a fable of their choice and then retell it in French for the class. Students are trained in Group techniques and work with their fable in small groups. . This unit culminates in writing as well, a written French retelling of one of the fables, without access to reference materials. This ensures that students begin to “own” this level of expression in French.
Lili se trouve moche
Articles et podcasts
Les beaux gosses ? movie
Science and technology CR6b WEEKS 1-4 (20 jours)
Study vocabulary associated with technology and networking.
Tintin, Astérix le Gaulois, Gaston Lagaffe et le journal de Spirou
WEEKS 17-19 (15 jours)
While French IV is reviewing for their AP exam, the FIII will be reading, comprehending and writing about internationally famous Belgian comic book Astérix The Gaul.
I use a broad range of teaching methods within the model of a student-centered classroom. Lecture is minimal; discussion, both small group and large group is maximized. French is used to develop levels of questioning (yes-no, either-or, sentence completion, concept ordering, finally open-ended question-answer). The cycle of output, feed-back, correction, re-output would adequately describe much of the instruction. Dividing instruction into skills units:
Listening Comprehension Practice: As listening comprehension is a centerpiece of the AP test, it is important students receive as much practice as possible. In addition to just listening to me and their classmates expressing themselves and negotiating meaning in French, we engage in focused practice. We also listen to songs, radio plays, Internet segments and other current items that fall into my hands.
Speaking Practice: Since French is spoken in class, students have daily practice. Speaking often falls into simple presentations, PowerPoint presentations on particular topics, class discussions, but of course, students also spend time working with former AP Exam speaking materials, including recording of their answers for review and feedback.
Essay Writing: Students write an essay at least once every two weeks. Topics assigned will range from analysis of selections we are reading or viewing to selected topics assigned from previous AP exams. Essays are evaluated on a modified Six-Traits Rubric, so they receive global as well as grammar and diction specific feedback.
Group Work: Each quarter students have standing working groups. The instructional cycle usually moves from presentation (reading or listening activities) to small group work to whole group discussion.
Exchange Program and Field Trips: Students are typically in fairly close contact with several French peers by the time they reach this level. I run an exchange program and we are either preparing to receive students or are readying ourselves to travel which includes ongoing contact with the partners. Students are encouraged to conduct this communication in French.