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Class descriptions of levels I through AP French

If you have any questions, please contact Sonja Seaberg and Florence Tubiana  sseaberg@seq.org - ftubiana@seq.org


Class

Objectives

Themes in connection to AP

French 1

Students will:

  • Introduce themselves

  • Utilize and apply greetings and salutations

  • Talk about where they live and are from

  • Talk about their likes and dislikes, and share information about themselves

  • Describe themselves, friends, and family members (including both physical and character traits)

  • Apply days and months

  • Describe the weather and seasons

  • Tell time, applying numbers

  • Discuss sports and pastimes and apply to the places where they participate in said activity, , are going to participate, or have just participated

  • Talk about school subjects and schedules

  • Accept and/or decline an invitation

  • Talk about how they feel

  • Identify food and drink items, and order at a cafe or restaurant

  • Talk about clothing and accessories, and describe what he/she is, or others are wearing

  • Identify parts of the house and talk about household chores

  • Learn about and discuss culture in various francophone countries

  • Create short dialogues and present orally, demonstrating knowledge of vocabulary and grammar

Families & Community

~family members & structure

~friendship & love

~citizenship

~culture

Global challenges

~nutrition & food safety

~health &welfare

Contemporary life

~sports and pastimes

~life at school and home

~the Arts

Personal & public identities

~personal values, thoughts and beliefs


French 2

Students will:

  • Describe after-school activities, and everyday life

  • Continue identifying food and drink, and organize a fete (party)

  • Discuss holidays and celebrations

  • Identify specialty shops and shopkeepers, and shop for alimentation

  • Describe their daily routine

  • Remember and describe childhood activities, and things they used to do on a regular basis

  • Compare and contrast life in the city and life in a village/in the country

  • Identify animals, domestic and wild, and discuss nature

  • Identify parts of the body

  • Talk about physical and mental health, including injuries and illness, describing symptoms

  • Give advice and sympathize

  • Talk about what one will or would do toimprove one’s health

  • Discuss and describe films, TV shows, and books

  • Create creative oral and written presentations and dialogues, demonstrating knowledge of vocabulary and grammar/ appropriate verb tenses

  • Learn about and discuss culture in various francophone countries


Families & Community

~family structures

~friends & love

~citizenship

~culture

Global challenges

~nutrition & food safety

~health & welfare

Contemporary life

~holidays and celebrations

~everyday routines and life

~the Arts

Personal & public identities

~personal values, thoughts and beliefs

French 3

Students will:

  • Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions on a variety of topics.

  • Elicit information and clarify meaning by using a variety of strategies (emails-conversations- sms).

  • Produce a variety of creative oral and written presentations demonstrating knowledge of a variety of tenses (original story, personal narrative, script).

  • Retell and summarize information in narrative from a variety of topics (daily life, history, society topics).

  • Demonstrate an understandingof features of target culture communities (written and oral presentations on geographical, artistic, social, historical topics).

  • Compare and contrast artifacts, themes, ideas and perspectives across cultures.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of formal and informal language expressions in the target language and one’s own.


Class taught in French, students are expected to use the target language as well. 15-20 minutes homework daily.

  • The French speaking world: history (quest for identity)

  • Relationships (Family and community).

  • French speakers customs and traditions (Family and community)

  • Organizing a trip and making it successful (Contemporary life)

  • Getting by in France and getting familiar with the various institutions (Contemporary life)

  • The arts of the French Speaking world (Esthetic)

  • How does the past influenced the present (World challenges)

  • The French speaking business world: professional life (Contemporary life)

  • World challenges.

French 4

Students will:

  • Understand and interpret information, concepts, and ideas orallyand in writing from culturally authentic sources on a variety of topics (podcasts, videos, songs, tv news, films….)

  • Engage in conversations and exchange information, concepts, and ideas orally and in writing with a variety of speakers or readers on a variety of topics in a culturally appropriate context (daily life as well as social-political issues -literature- artistic life)

  • Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics in a culturally appropriate context (Literature-history-social issues-artistic life)

  • Use the target language to gain knowledge and demonstrate understanding of the relationship among practices, products, and perspectives of cultures other than his/her own.


Class taught in French, students are expected to use the target language as well. 15-20 minutes homework daily.

  • Personal and Public Identities

  • Personal Beliefs & Interest

  • City life

  • Influence of media

  • Family

  • Environment

  • Beliefs & Ideologies

  • Work force and finance

  • Science and Technology_

  • Leisure and Entertainment

  • Our future

AP French

The majority of students enrolled in this class will be preparing for the AP French Language and Culture Examination. The exam consists of two sections: one for multiple choice responses to authentic print and audio texts (interpretive communication) and the other for free responses to both print and audio text prompts (interpersonal and presentational speaking). Our curriculum is centered around six themes determined by the college board.


The class is taught in French and the students are expected to use the target language exclusively. Students will have between 20-30 minutes of daily homework.


Vista Higher Learning Course Description

Six themes provided by the College Board:


  • World Challenges

  • Science and Technology

  • Esthetic

  • Contemporary Life

  • Family and Community

  • Quest for Identity