Field of Study
French I students will begin their study of French by developing the five major skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competency.
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 eleven Modules in the course along with projects to advance students’ learning: Module 1: Describing oneself, Module 2: School subjects and school supplies, Module 3: During and after school activities, Module 4: Family and the home, Module 5: Restaurants and cafés, Module 6: Shopping, Module 7: Clothing, Module 8: Airline travel, Module 9: Train travel, Module 10: Sports, and Module 11: Seasons.
Students will complete a variety of assignments including vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking 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. We are a deadline-driven course and students are expected to complete assignments by the due date that is posted. There are late penalties on all late work. 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. All students must complete the final exam at the end of the course. Vacation weeks like Spring Break may not necessarily correspond with the individual student’s school calendar, and students need to plan accordingly to get in work on time.
This is a modern language course and students need to have access to a way to make speaking assessments in a quiet environment. Students also need access to a microphone and a headset (or earphones) in order to do the required listening and speaking activities 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.
- Enrolled in grades 7-12
Course Texts and Materials
- No textbook is required for this course.
- Bon Voyage, Level I