Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
In French I, students begin a five-year sequence towards proficiency in the French language with the Discovering French Bleu text. French I students have the opportunity to learn and use basic vocabulary and grammar in reading, listening, writing and in conversation - to get acquainted, to discuss everyday life activities, and to describe their acquaintances and their possessions. French I students will learn many cognates - French words that are similar to English words in spelling and in meaning. The French culture is explored through readings and related projects about holiday celebrations such as "Noël" and "Mardi Gras"; foods such as "bûche de Noël" and "crêpes"; historical celebrations such as "la Fête de la Bastille" and Veteran's Day; and French music like "Vive le Vent"(Jingle Bells) and "Aux Champs Elysées" (the grand boulevard in Paris). They will also come to understand that French is spoken on many continents and Islands: Europe, North America, South America and Africa; Martinique, Madagascar, New Caledonia and Haiti. Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes, daily class participation and projects. Students are encouraged to have a French-English/English-French dictionary.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
In French II, students build on the skills they acquired in the first-year course using the first half of the Discovering French Blanc text. Through expanded vocabulary and grammar, French II students have the opportunity to learn to read, write and speak about themselves and others with reference to their present, past and future activities. The French culture is further explored through recordings, readings and related research about the various regions of France, other countries where French is an important language, and about monuments and important sites in Paris; holidays such as "la St Valentin" and "le Jour des Morts"; national sporting events such as "le Tour de France" and "la Coupe du Monde" (the World Cup Soccer Tournament); French meals including "le Réveillon" (Christmas and/or New Year's Eve dinner); and French music by singers such as Youssou N'Dour from Senegal, Africa. Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes, daily class participation and projects. Students are encouraged to have a French-English/English-French dictionary.
Grades 10, 11, 12
In French III, using the second half of the Discovering French Blanc text, the student will use more complex grammar structures in listening, speaking, reading and writing: After learning to clarify past actions and descriptions the students will be able to write an entertaining short story; they will also use the Future tense to describe their post-high school graduation plans, as well as the Present Conditional tense to make hypothesis; the Subjunctive mood is also first introduced in this course to enable the student to describe feelings, emotions, and wishes. French III students further expand their knowledge of French culture through recordings, readings and related research: This includes "exploration" of the French-speaking world in North America and in Africa, of the fashion industry in France and the related holiday - "la Fête des Catherinettes" (also celebrated by the fashion industry in parts of the USA); and of the differences concerning learning to drive in France as compared to the USA. French III students appreciate the value of knowledge of the French language throughout the world - in politics, in business, and in travel. Class discussions will be conducted in French with clarification in English when needed. Assessment is achieved through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes, daily class participation and projects. Students are advised to have a French-English/English-French dictionary.
FRENCH IV HONORS
Grades 11, 12
The French IV Honors course, through use of the first half of the Discovering French Rouge text, enables the student to review and strengthen the language skills previously acquired using additional new vocabulary, and historical and cultural information. The purpose of this course is to guide the student to understand, read, compose, and converse by using more complex sentences and paragraphs. The French IV Honors student uses these skills to read and report on both a famous French novel (the English version) and one condensed novel (en français), and to read and discuss several French short stories. Besides an expanded knowledge of the history of France from the time of Charlemagne to Louis the 14th, the French IV Honors student also develops an appreciation for French Art from the 18th to the 20th century - through individual research, presentations on the results of events that took place in 19th century France, recordings, readings, and visits to the Carnegie Museum of Art. All class discussions will be conducted in French. Students will need to have a French-English/English-French dictionary.
FRENCH V HONORS
Grades 11, 12
In French V Honors, the curriculum includes the material in the second half of the Discovering French Rouge text, as well as selections from the supplemental texts: Lectures et Fantaisies, Moments Littéraires and Nouvelles Lectures Libres. The purpose of this course is not only to guide the student through longer reading selections and to write journal entries and compositions using more complex sentences and paragraphs, but also to enable the student to participate comfortably in daily discussions in French, at a proficient level of speaking and understanding. These discussions will include such topics as travel, health care, city vs. suburban lifestyles, personal relationships, and university studies and careers (especially those involving the use of French); as well as life in the French Antilles, French-speaking Africa, and Québec, Canada. The French V Honors student will gain additional knowledge of the history of France from the time of the French Revolution to the Revolution of 1830 (as depicted in Les Misérables by Victor Hugo) to the Deuxième Guerre Mondiale (WW II) to the student rebellions in the 20th century. The course also allows for research and discussion about current events such as problems caused by racial tensions in France as well as French/USA political relationships. The French V Honors student also develops an appreciation for French Music from the troubadours in the Middle Ages to musicians who compose "le rap" in the 21st century - through individual research, presentations on the historical events taking place in the corresponding centuries, recordings, readings, translations, and by performing select songs. Students are assessed through written, oral and aural exercises, tests and quizzes, daily class participation and projects. All class discussions will be conducted in French. Students will need to have a French-English/English-French dictionary.