French I is an introduction to the French language and francophone culture. All four of the language skills, listening, reading, writing, and speaking will be incorporated as students learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar to achieve a communicative purpose. In this level, students learn to communicate in real-life contexts about everyday topics. The overarching communicative goal of this course is, “If I met a native French speaker, I would be able to talk about myself (my life, my hobbies, my friends, etc.).”
In order to meet this goal, students are encouraged to use French as much as possible. Rather than isolating grammar, it is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed to perform a communicative function. Through the language learning process, students develop an understanding of how their own language is structured and the unique aspects of a different culture.
The text will serve as the spine for the course. I will add additional authentic materials such as videos, audio recordings, infographics, and readings to enhance the material. Cultural topics and themes will be added to round out the course.
Since the class meets once a week, our time together will be primarily focused on speaking either as a whole group or in small groups as a way to practice this necessary skill. Class time will also focus on some main structural and vocabulary practice. Students will be given note-taking outlines that will serve as both an organized way to record information and a study guide.
During the week, students can expect approximately four hours of outside study to reinforce what was covered in class and in preparation for the next class. Homework may include listening activities, grammar exercises, vocabulary practice, quizzes (both graded and self-checking), writing activities, and speaking assignments. Links for additional practice will also be given. At the end of each unit, students will be asked to complete a project-type assessment.
Who should enroll?
Students in 8th-12th grades who are interested in French are welcome to enroll.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students’ grades will reflect all of the language skills. Each student will have practiced and know what is expected so they can adequately prepare. Some homework assignments will be graded more for completeness so that I can offer feedback before a more formal assessment. Rubrics for other assignments will be provided so students understand how their work will be graded. Students are welcome to email me with questions about any assignment, and if needed, we can schedule time for additional help. Periodically, I will send progress reports to both students and parents. Parents will also receive any email correspondence between student and teacher.
I believe communication is important for success in an online learning environment. Both students and parents are encouraged to notify me as soon as possible if there are any questions or concerns. Keeping an open line of communication is essential; I want to see everyone be successful. Please email me so I can best serve you and your student.