• French I

    Churchill High School

    2018/2019

    Instructor: Mme Roselynn Choury

    Course: French I

     

    Course description

    Students will acquire sufficient communicative skills in the target language that will enable them to grow as French speakers from the level of Novice Low to Novice Mid by the end of the school year.  The year is divided into 4 units, spread over the 4 nine week quarters. Each unit is designed to allow for student reflections and checks for progress with periodic assessment and varied assignments utilizing three main modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational.   Growth will be accomplished best in an authentic and immersive learning environment. So: Don’t be afraid of the foreign language, the key to your progress is exposure.

    BON COURAGE!

    Conference Time: 2nd pd.

    Tutoring: Mon and Friday 8:00-8:30  

    Materials:  

    EMC - T’es Branché? (blue book), both textbook and online platforms

    Dictionaries

    Grading Policy:

    Homework, Classwork 40%

    Communication Activities 30%

    Assessments, Major Projects: 40%

     

    Class Rules:

    What classroom behaviors bring success?

    -Being prepared and attentive, joining in discussion and activities, and taking advantage of every opportunity to speak French will give excellent results.

     

    What classroom behaviors will negatively affect your learning and your grade?

    - Excessive absences, being tardy and inattentive, coming without your homework and  books, chatting with classmates, speaking English during group practices, refusing to speak French in class.  Your "Communication" grades will be a reflection of the behaviors that I observe.

    Classroom etiquette.    Polite, respectful behavior is expected at all times. Please note the policy on hall passes, wherein students must have the correct color pass when traveling within or between buildings on campus.  You must ask permission to leave the room, and sign out when you do so. Please also sign in when tardy.

    Devices: There are instances when devices are integrated into our lessons.  Please adhere to the stop-light posted in the room near the objective to note when devices are going to be used.  ALL DEVICE USE IS AT TEACHER DISCRETION AND SHOULD BE RELEVANT TO THE LESSON IN PROGRESS. ABUSE, SUCH AS THE USE OF A DEVICE TO GO ON SOCIAL MEDIA, PLAY GAMES OR TEXT, WILL RESULT IN PARENT/GUARDIAN COMMUNICATION.

    Red: Devices must be stowed away and out of sight.

    Yellow: Devices can be taken out and put on the desk for further use.

    Green: Devices are ready to be used.

     

    Hints for success.  The key to learning a language is to use it.  Study each day.  It is far more successful to study thoroughly daily than to cram before a test.  Vocabulary, verb forms and phrases learned at the last minute are not retained for very long.  When learning, break up your study sessions into several short intervals of 15-20 minutes.  Involve as many senses as you can.  Read the material aloud, and especially, write it out and try to imagine conversations using the new forms.  Using a recording app on your smart-phone is helpful.  When studying a foreign language simply looking over a list of new vocabulary and verb forms is rarely good enough.

    You must really concentrate to follow what is being said, especially if you are listening to films, recordings or radio broadcasts.  Yes, it does get easier to understand, but it takes practice.

    Qui ne risque rien, n'a rien. Speak up!  Don't feel offended if the instructor corrects your mistakes.  Ask questions if you don't understand something and volunteer answers.  It is normal to feel insecure or intimidated in the beginning but those feelings should disappear quickly.

    You will often be asked to work in small groups to practice speaking.  Make every attempt to use only French during these practice times.  This is your chance to work toward proficiency in the language, so make the most of this opportunity!