This course is structured around studying several in depth themes interspersed with shorter units of art or literature. Using themes from the AP French material, units are built around activities that guide the students to explore authentic material (blogs, infographics, videos, magazine and news articles) finding the language they need to know in order to respond to various prompts.
Unit assessments include:
- Cooperative projects
- Video responses with replies
- Letter writing or created Power Point presentations.
Students are able to develop and advance at their own pace. Grammar review is woven into the weekly assignments. Typically, three levels of students might be in the class – French 3 (advanced), and 4/5 (and higher). Each year is designed with new material allowing for students to continue taking this same course.
Class size is limited to 12 to allow for optimal communication in class.
Students will be given the opportunity to compete in “Le Grand Concours”, a test/ competition offered by the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) every year to American French students. This will take place in March 2021.
The class is structured around the weekly face to face live meeting. Students can expect to have about 3-4 hours of homework each week. Five weekly assignments are posted that build on what was presented in class, preparing the student for the upcoming meeting. In class, students can ask and answer questions based on the weekly assignments. Language structure is provided to guide the interaction in class.
The units last 6-9 weeks with an assessment project/test at the end of each unit. In addition to regular weekly assignments, students will keep a weekly written journal. Contemporary music selections will be presented each week with activities to explore the lyrics.
Who should enroll?
Students in grades 10-12 may enroll in this class. Please contact the teacher if you have any questions.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- A scanner is helpful for turning in assignments
Evaluation and Feedback
Weekly assignments receive the complete score, unless some correcting is needed. So, if students do their work, including the corrections, they will get a perfect score for their weekly assignments. On the assessments, more details are taken into consideration. If a student is working well and within their abilities, I give high marks.
Most weekly homework is graded the week it is turned in. Unit projects sometimes take longer, but I am patient when students have technical difficulties (which often show up with the bigger projects). I aim to give feedback and corrections in French on the assignments. Should students have trouble with any assignments, I am available during the week.
I encourage parents to reach out to me as they have concerns or questions. They can anticipate a note from me should their student get behind in their work. If I communicate with the student about their work, I always send a copy to the parent so that they can keep up with their student’s progress. Progress reports go out at the end of December; the final grade goes out in May once the final test has been graded. I have a Facebook page where I post random information about French: “All that’s French”.