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FLF301: Fren I (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Foreign Language Program
COURSE TITLE: French I
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
CODE: FLF301
TYPE: REG
CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks

About the Program:

Course Goals and Standards

Over the course of their studies, students aim at the acquisition of the ability to communicate in meaningful and appropriate ways with users of other languages :

The objectives of language learning, commonly called the 5 Cs, are:

  • Communication:
    • Communicate in languages other than English
  • Culture:
    • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
  • Connections:
    • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
  • Comparisons:
    • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
  • Communities:
    • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

Major Concepts/Content:

The French I course is designed to provide activities, projects, and experiences that enable students to appreciate and value the target language culture. In this course, students build on their previous learning experience while expanding their knowledge of French language and culture and developing their communication skills. Grammar, idiomatic expressions and lexicon are taught in context so that students use them to convey meaning in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.

Students are also made aware of the value of foreign language study. The major linguistic principles and language skills covered in level II include the following: usage of singular and plural nouns and interrogative, definite, indefinite, demonstrative and possessive adjectives; identifying and using the active voice in the indicative mood; identifying and using the imperative, the future tense, all forms of the past tense, progressives, and the subjunctive mood; identifying and using subject pronouns, direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, and the emphatic, reflexive, interrogative, demonstrative, and relative pronouns; identifying and using the most common prepositions; identifying and using comparison of adjectives; and identifying and using the formation of adverbs.

The content of French I course includes teaching students to follow specific directions given in the target language, and to understand main ideas after listening to presentations on familiar topics. Students learn to speak in the target language using basic sentence patterns correctly, read a variety of materials in the target language, and demonstrate writing skills in the target language. Each unit introduces cultural aspects and events, verbs and verb tenses, sentence structure, oral and written practice.

Competencies:
DoDEA Foreign Language Standards

Course Objectives:

Throughout the course, students will

  • Greet others in French as well as talk about him/herself
  • Talk about days, months, and seasons
  • Talk about the weather and how to dress for it
  • Tell time and identify colors
  • Express simple actions in the present tense

In addition, the student will learn the following:

  • Irregular verbs in the present tense
  • To talk about their town and places in a town and things they do in those places
  • To talk about their family members
  • To talk about foods and mealtimes
  • To talk about their routine and activities they are involved in as well as review some school vocabulary and expand upon what they know in these areas

Course Outline (Semester 1):

During the first semester, students will be introduced to the following:

  • Module 1: Bonjour
  • Module 2: Le Jour et La Date
  • Module 3: Le Temps
  • Module 4: L’Heure
  • Module 5: Les Couleurs

Semester Exam

Course Outline (Semester 2):

During the second semester, students will be introduced to the following:

  • Module 6: Les Endroits
  • Module 7: La Famille
  • Module 8: La Cuisine
  • Module 9: Les Passetemps
  • Module 10: L'Ecole

Semester Exam

Essential Software:

Textbook/ Additional Materials

The textbook used in this course is:

  • Title: Discovering French (Bleu)
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Also, you will need head-sets to listen to audio files that are embedded within the instructional content in the course.