French

French 4 / AP French Language and Culture

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page The AP French course is structured around the six major themes of the AP French Language and Culture examination: global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities, and aesthetics and beauty. The course enables students to hone their French language skills and offers opportunities to complete practice exam activities. Students prepare for the AP exam, and most students elect to take it. At the same time, they design projects that demonstrate their passion for the language and the francophone world. Taught in conjunction with AP French, French 4 is intended for students who wish to apply the grammar they have learned in years 1 through 3 to more advanced conversation and deeper comprehension of advanced authentic reading sources. Students study articles, news reports and videos [...]

French 3 / French 3 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page The third year of French continues to foster students’ development in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the language. Throughout the year, students revisit important grammar and vocabulary from years 1-2 while also learning new concepts. Students apply their growing command of the language through games, daily partner and group conversational activities, personal and collaborative writing exercises, and engagement with authentic print, audio, and video sources. All the while, they develop their own projects that demonstrate their skill with the French language and their passion for the francophone world. Students read a sequence of several longer texts throughout the year. Students in the honors section read a more challenging slate of texts and engage in more rigorous cultural and grammatical study.

French 2 / French 2 Honors

Type: honors available Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements link on the World Language Department page The second year of French language study is a continuation of French 1, adding new structures to their repertoire. Students improve upon their grammar and vocabulary, by applying them to everyday contexts and participating in fun communicative activities that quiz them on their knowledge. The primary focus of the French 2 curriculum is to give students the tools and confidence to approach intermediate proficiency by the start of French 3 and communicate in francophone environments. Students will engage with a variety of authentic texts, including videos and short stories. A continued focus will be placed on pronunciation, listening and reading comprehension, as well as spoken and written production. Students can expect work to be based largely around the four language competencies: writing, reading, listening and speaking. Students in the Honors section [...]

French 1

Available to: all students This first-year proficiency-based course introduces basic elements of francophone language and culture by way of a student-centered, communicative, and immersive classroom environment. Students engage in regular study of introductory grammar topics including basic sentence structure, conjugation of verbs in the present tense, adjective and adverb placement, as well as the beginning stages of more complex topics that they will master in their second year of language study. A linguistic toolkit provides students with the building blocks to express themselves in a diverse array of everyday, authentic situations including introducing themselves, ordering in a restaurant, asking and answering basic questions, and explaining likes and dislikes. A strong emphasis is placed on pronunciation, listening and reading comprehension, as well as spoken and written production. By the end of the first year of language study, students are able to construct sentences, answer simple questions, and understand clear and [...]

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