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French

French 1

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: No experience or no more than 1 year Middle School French experience
  • Course Number: 05010302

This course introduces students to the French language and is intended for students who have never studied French or had no more than one year of Middle School French study. The class develops at a moderate pace to keep students’ comfort level high as they communicate in a new language. French 1 students begin to read, write and develop a familiarity with French phonetic and spelling system. Students begin to learn about the culture of French speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. By the end of the course students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations within the novice-low or even novice-mid ranges on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in French 1 engage in role plays, dialogues, projects, games, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based on skill assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for French 2.

French 1 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: No experience or no more than 1 year Middle School French experience. High academic achievement or second language proficiency is recommended.
  • Course Number: 05010403

This course introduces students to the French language and is intended for students who have never studied French or had no more than one year of Middle School French study. The class develops at an accelerated pace and is meant to prepare students to enter French 2 H. French 1 H students develop a familiarity with the French phonetic and spelling system. The students begin to learn about the culture of French speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. By the end of the course students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations within the late novice-low or novice-mid ranges on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in French 1 Honors engage in role plays, dialogues, projects, games, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based on skill assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for French 2 H.

French 2

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: French 1 or Middle School French
  • Course Number: 05010802

This course is a continuation of French 1 or Middle School French designed for students interested in further developing proficiency in the French language. Students’ skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are enhanced through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, technology and various text types. Students learn to express themselves in French with greater confidence and clarity as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience with more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students are expected to interact with one another in French to stimulate a wide range of every day encounters. Various forms of exposure to new topics keep the students learning at a comfortable pace. Students continue to learn about the culture of French speaking countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations within the novice-low or even novice-mid ranges on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in French 2 engage in role plays, dialogues, projects, games, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based on skill assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for French 3.

French 2 H

Honors Course Symbol
  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: FLES French through 8th grade with high proficiency, successful completion of Middle School French or French 1 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05010903

French 2 Honors is the first course in a series of courses that prepares students to take the AP French Language Exam. This course develops at an accelerated pace. The course is conducted primarily in French. Students learn more complex grammatical structures and continue to read, speak and write on a variety of topics. Students continue to engage in discussion in the present tense and expand to discussion in the past and future. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations at the novice-high range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in French 2 H engage in role plays, dialogues, projects, games, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for French 3 H.

French 3

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: French 2 and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05011102

This course is a continuation of French 2 for students working toward an intermediate level of proficiency. Students learn to express themselves in French with greater confidence and clarity as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience using more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students are increasingly expected to interact with one another in French to simulate a wide range of everyday encounters with their peers in the target language. Students continue to learn about the culture of Francophone countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. Students enhance reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, computer software, audio recordings and multiple text types. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations at the novice high range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for French 4.

French 3 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 2 H or French 3 and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05011203

French 3 Honors is an accelerated course that continues to prepare students for the Advanced Placement French program. Class continues to be conducted primarily in French as students work towards conversing with each other or with the teacher entirely in French. This course proceeds at an accelerated pace. Grammar and vocabulary from the previous year are reviewed as students incorporate more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves at intermediate low scale on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in French 3 H engage in role plays, debates, projects, games, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Authentic materials and readings are utilized as much as possible. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and
vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students for French 4 H.

French 4

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 3 and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05011302

This challenging intermediate level course is a continuation of French 3. Students learn to express themselves in French with greater confidence and clarity as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience with more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students are expected to interact with one another in French to simulate a wide range of encounters in the target language. Students continue to learn about the culture of Francophone countries and to draw comparisons to their own culture. Students enhance reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, computer software, audio recordings and multiple text types. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations in the intermediate low range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is designed to prepare students
for French 5.

French 4 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 3 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05011403

French 4 H is an accelerated continuation of French 3 H that continues to prepare students for Advanced Placement French study. Class is conducted in French and students converse with each other and with the teacher in French. Grammar and vocabulary from the previous year are reviewed as students incorporate more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. By the end of the course students are able to express themselves at intermediate mid scale on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students in French 4 H engage in research, literary analysis, debates, projects, and paired, group and whole class activities. They are exposed to various text types as they practice reading, writing, listening and speaking within a cultural context. Authentic materials and readings are utilized in French 4 H. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. This course is
designed to prepare students for AP or French 5 H.

French 5

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 4 or French 4 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05011502

This is a culminating course for students who have completed French 4 and are interested in exploring the culture and history of francophone countries. Students learn to express themselves in French with greater confidence and clarity as they expand their vocabulary and gain experience with more complex grammatical and linguistic structures. At this level, students are expected to interact with one another in French to simulate a wide range of encounters in the target language. Students enhance reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through a wide range of activities and with the aid of multiple resources including video, music, computer software, audio recordings and multiple text types. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations in the intermediate mid range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. Students will read fiction, non-fiction, short stories and articles that focus on French history, literature, music, film and art. French 5 is conducted in French and involves daily review and practice at home. Students will build vocabulary, advanced grammar skills and cultural knowledge. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills
assessments.

French 5 H

Honors Course Symbol
  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 4 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05011603

This is a challenging, culminating course in which students continue to greatly expand and refine their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in French. Students will read fiction, non-fiction, short stories, plays and articles. This course focuses on francophone countries and integrates history, literature, music, and art into the study of language and culture. The French 5 H course includes an in-depth exploration of complex grammar. French 5 H involves daily review and practice at home. By the end of the course, students are able to express themselves orally and in writing in familiar situations in the intermediate-mid to intermediate-high range on the ACTFL Proficiency scale. French 5 H is conducted entirely in French. Expanded vocabulary and irregular structures are learned through readings, short stories, novels and plays by French authors. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to continue their language studies at the college
level.

AP French Language

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 4 H and teacher recommendation
  • Course Number: 05011704

This course is offered in a total immersion environment. The course is the equivalent of a university-level course and therefore places rigorous demands on students and proceeds at an accelerated pace. One of the goals of the Advanced Placement Program is to prepare students to successfully complete an AP exam. Advanced grammar will be reviewed as necessary. Students will further develop conversational skills and aural comprehension in French through discussions, debates, analysis of reading materials and oral presentations of original materials. Students will listen to authentic French news sources and react to authentic French audio and visual materials. Assessments include interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing and speaking, interpretive listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary based skills assessments. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to continue their language studies at the college level. Students are encouraged to take the AP exam offered by The College
Board’s Advanced Placement Program.

French 6 H French for Global Competence

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 5, 5 H, 5 AP
  • Course Number: 05011903

How do Francophone literature and film reflect and connect to the human experience across cultures? Students who have completed Levels 5CP, 5H, or AP can continue their French studies with this course. Students will read a variety of literary genres, which may include novels, plays, and short stories from a range of time periods and French-speaking countries. The selected readings will be accompanied by films and documentaries that will further enhance students’ appreciation and cultural understanding of the texts. Students will explore culturally rich themes and make connections to current issues of modern society, such as social injustice and human relationships. Through independent and guided readings, students will demonstrate their understanding of the texts by producing written and oral analyses and creative pieces. The course will conclude with the independent study literary work of choice and will encourage student
choice. All activities will be conducted exclusively in French.