Virtual Virginia

5110 French I

Field of Study

In this course, students will begin their study of French by developing the five major language skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competency.  

Material Covered

Students will study the richness of culture in francophone countries, comparing and contrasting the habits of the francophone people to our own, while expanding their vocabulary, communication, and grammar skills. There are six content modules in the course along with projects to advance students’ learning:

  • Introduction: Bienvenu!
  • Module 1: Bonjour!
  • Module 2: Le Voici
  • Module 3: Les vacances en France
  • Module 4: Les gens
  • Module 5:  Bon appétit!

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of assignments, including vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking assignments for each module. They will participate in written, audio, and video discussion boards. Students are expected to speak and write French as much as possible. Students have at least one graded, spoken assignment each week. Students should study vocabulary on a daily basis for 10–15 minutes, and students can expect to work 6–10 hours per week on the course, including work outside the school day.

Additional Information

This is a modern language course, and students need to be able to complete speaking assessments in a quiet environment. Students also need access to a microphone and a headset or earbuds in order to do the listening and speaking activities that are required in the course. Access to a telephone is also helpful for speaking assessments. 

The French I course satisfies the graduation requirements for an Advanced Studies diploma.


  • Required: Enrollment in grades 7–12

Course Texts and Materials


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