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French Courses Offered

W401211 French I Grades 9 – 12 4 Quarters
Prerequisite: None
Students are introduced to the language and cultures of France and the French-speaking world. They build proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing through simple conversations and readings. Topics include introductions, family, going to a cafe, shopping for clothes and everyday needs, sports and daily activities, finding your way around a French town, important holidays, differences between France and other French-speaking cultures. Students use textbooks, workbooks, films, CDs, web-based individual practice and self-tests, and authentic documents in French.

W401221 French II Grades 9 – 12 4 Quarters
Prerequisite: French I (W401211) or Junior High 1; 2
Students who have successfully mastered the skills practiced in French 1 are introduced to more extensive conversational situations, vocabulary and structures needed to talk about professions and occupations, describe and narrate in the past, present and future on a variety of topics such as: shopping for food and reading recipes and menus, preparing for a trip to Paris including reservations for train, hotel, plane and transportation and visiting the city and regions of France, as well as other French-speaking countries. Students read using authentic documents, stories and web-based materials, and learn to compose paragraphs and stories. Whenever possible, native teaching assistants work with level 2 students in small groups to facilitate proficiency in speaking and writing in a cultural context. Students use textbooks, workbooks, CDs, films, ads, recipes, maps, travel brochures and web-accessed materials linked with the textbook and topics of study.

W471231 French III IB Prep Grades 9 – 12 4 Quarters Prerequisite: French II (W401221) Students who have successfully mastered beginning French move to intermediate level study. They increase their ability to use and understand French as the language of instruction and communication in the classroom rather than English. Whenever possible students will work with a native speaker teaching assistant to enhance their skills. Topics and tasks include housing, describing people and places, health and fitness, vacation and travel, daily routines, shopping, cars and driving, French-speaking countries of the world, telling stories and making resumes of films and plays, doing oral presentations on favorite sports or other activities, doing oral presentations on travel, taking part in skits, plays and songs. Students use textbooks and workbooks, web-quests and self-paced exercises, internet sites from French speaking countries, authentic films. CDs, stories, plays, and documents.

W471241 French IV IB Grades 10 – 12 4 Quarters Prerequisite: French III (W471231) Grammar drills take a diminished role as students are immersed in French-only work. From reading short novels and current events, writing journals, through a variety of situations that provoke oral work, students manipulate the spoken and written language independently and in groups. Students may begin to prepare for the IB Standard Level exam.

W471251 French V IB/French VI Grades 10 – 12 4 Quarters Prerequisite: French IV (W471241) Students are immersed in French only work as they act as leaders in this bi-level course. From reading novels and current events, writing journals, through a variety of situations that provoke oral work, students manipulate the spoken and written language independently and in groups. One serious paper is assigned each trimester. Students may test at the IB Standard Level.

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