Course Information

  • French I Description/Objectives:

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to begin to acquire proficiency in French through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach to language learning. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and on acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. Cross-cultural understanding is fostered and real-life applications are emphasized throughout the course. The content will include, but not be limited to, the following: - conversational expression of feelings, ideas, and opinions in French - comprehension of spoken and written French - oral and written presentation of information and ideas, in French, to an audience - social interaction patterns within French culture - connections between the French language and culture and other disciplines - communication patterns of languages - French language usage within and beyond the school setting

     

    Materials Needed:

    A student exercise book will be provided, as well as a textbook.. Students need to bring their notebook daily along with paper, pencil and pen. If possible, bring a limited number of colored markers or pencils and a French/English dictionary, if possible.

     

    Grading/Evaluation:  The categories listed below are each worth 25% of the grade. Absent students must make up work within 10 days. 

    Categories:

    Standard 1 (Reading)

    Standard 2 (Writing: presentational and interpersonal)

    Standard 3 (Speaking: presentational and interpersonal)

    Standard 4 ( Listening Comprehension)

     

    French II

    Description/Objectives:

    The purpose of this course is to enhance proficiency in French through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach to language learning. There is continued emphasis on the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and on the acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. Cross-cultural understanding is fostered and real-life applications are emphasized throughout the course. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following; - conversational expression of feelings, ideas, and opinions in French - comprehension of spoken and written French - oral and written presentation of information and ideas, in French, to an audience - social interaction patterns within French culture - connections between the French language and culture and other disciplines - communication patterns of languages - French language usage within and beyond the school setting

     

    Materials Needed:

     A student exercise book will be provided, as well as a textbook. Students need to bring their notebook daily along with paper, pencil and pen. If possible, bring a limited number of colored markers or pencils and a French/English dictionary.

     

    Grading/Evaluation:  The categories listed below are each worth 25% of the grade. Absent students must make up work within 10 days of abs.

    Categories:

    Standard 1 (Reading)

    Standard 2 (Writing: presentational and interpersonal)

    Standard 3 (Speaking: presentational and interpersonal)

    Standard 4 ( Listening Comprehension)

     

     

           Spanish I                            

     

       Textbook Name: Descubre 1  

    Visit the site below and create an account to practice what you have learned in class.

    vistahigherlearning.com

               

     

     

    DESCCRIPTION/ OBJECTIVES:

    Spanish I introduce students to the target language and its culture. The student will develop communicative skills in all 4 modes of communication (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis is placed on proficient communication in the language. An introduction to reading and writing is also included as well as culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.

    Specific content to be covered will improve  students’  listening and oral skills.  Reading and writing will also be emphasized to prepare students to communicate and succeed on their end of course assessments.. 

     

    MATERIALS:

    THE STUDENT MUST BRING ALL THE NECESSARY MATERIALS TO CLASS DAILY.

    o   Notebook

    o   #2 pencils

    o   Highlighters

    TEXTBOOKS

    Textbook "Descubre Level 1" - will be provided to be used in the classroom

    Authentic Materials through: Spanish websites, newspapers, magazines, videos, movies, documentaries

     

     

    GRADING POLICY: The students will have to demonstrate mastery of the new World Languages Standards

    Reading                         25  %             

      Listening                       25  %

     Speaking                       25  %       

     Language/Writing          25 %

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    Each unit of the text is divided by lessons. In addition to minor quizzes, there will be a test at the end of each lesson. Lesson tests will include  reading/writing components and  listening/speaking components. Each of these components will be counted as a 100 point grade and will be posted under the appropriate category.

    Retakes – Students, who earned a low score  will have the opportunity to retake certain closed book written  tests without penalty one time.  The student will be able to retake the test on a previously arranged date that will not exceed the 10 days’ timeline.  After 10 days, the original grade will prevail.

    Makeups - Absent students will have 10 days to take a makeup test without penalty.  The makeup test will assess the intended material but might be presented differently than in the original test.  It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher to take a makeup test during Power Hour.”A” Lunch. Failure to do so will result in a "0".

    Late work:  Timeliness in this class is crucial.  The student will lose 10 points (one grade lower) for every day that the work is turned in late.  This applies to homework, special assignments and projects.

    Class Participation:  Participation is mandatory. This includes classroom discussion, speaking in the target language, writing, answering listening exercises, reading aloud in the target language, and working in small groups and participating in class activities to demonstrate mastery. The more you participate, the more success you will have in performance-based assessments.

     

    AP French Language and Culture

     One of the purposes of this course is to determine how well a student understands written French. The selections will come from a wide variety of sources such as novels, short stories, newspapers, poetry, advertisements, letters, charts, etc. Students will also be expected to read a selection in a predetermined amount of time, and then listen to an audio clip on the same topic. These pairings will be followed by multiple choice, as well as questions that compare and contrast the two passages.

     

    Students will also be tested on their understanding of audio texts unaccompanied by text. These will be in the form of podcasts, news broadcasts, interviews, advertisements, conversations, guides, announcements and presentations, presenting a variety of accents.

     

    Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to write interpersonally by responding to an e-mail prompt that requires specific answers and to show mastery of presentational writing by creating a persuasive essay defending his/her opinion on a topic after being presented with 3 sources; a written text, an audio clip, and a chart of piece of art, each presenting differing views.

     

    The presentational speaking portions of the course offers the student the opportunity to speak on topics of high interest after reading a prompt on a cultural topic. The interpersonal speaking phases of the course allows the student to respond to simulated conversations after reading the topic and an outline of the conversation, by interspersing comments and questions while being recorded

     

    Absent students must make up work within 10 days of abs. 

     

    The AP French Language and Culture Exam

    Introduction:

    Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational modes of communication are at the heart of the AP French Language and Culture Exam. There is not a separate culture section, rather culture is interwoven throughout the exam. The best way to prepare for the AP exam is to become familiar with a wide variety of authentic materials during the course. 

     

    AP Exam Section 1:

    The AP French Language and Culture Exam is divided into two sections. Section 1 is the multiple-choice section. Students read and listen to original French print and audio resources and identify the main points, pick out important details, identify the purpose and the intended audience and select the correct meaning of a word in context. (One of the print texts is an excerpt from a literary work.) First, students respond to questions about a print source (30 questions), then a print source paired with an audio source. Finally, students listen to an audio source alone. For the print and audio pairing and solo audio, there are 35 multiple-choice questions. Section I primarily assesses Interpretive Communication and is worth 50% of the grade. 

     

    AP Exam Section 2:

    This section is built around free-response tasks, both written and spoken. In the written part, students practice Interpersonal Writing by responding to an email that asks them to answer two questions and respond, including a question of their own. They use Presentational Writing by writing a persuasive essay that responds to a prompt that centers around information from a print article, a table or other graphic and a related audio; part of the task of the students is to present their own viewpoint on the topic. During the 40 minutes they have to write the essay, students can look at the print sources and any notes they took on the audio source, which they get to listen to twice.

     

    The speaking part of Section II contains Interpersonal Speaking and Presentational Speaking tasks. For the former, students are asked to take part in a simulated conversation, in which they have 20 seconds for each of five responses. As for Presentational Speaking, students make a two-minute presentation on a cultural topic, having been asked to compare cultural features of their own community to cultural features in an area of the French-speaking world that they know something about. Students can refer to materials they've read, viewed, listened to or observed in the cultural comparison activity. Section II is also worth 50% of the exam grade.