French

French 1
Grade 9-11
5 Credits - Full Year

The basic structure and vocabulary of the language are introduced and practiced through the use of film, oral practice and tapes, dialogues, narratives, dictations, conversation and writing. Students will begin to explore the culture of France and the French-speaking world.

French 2
Prerequisite: French 1
Grade Level 9-11
5 Credits - Full Year

French 2 continues the exploration of French structure and vocabulary with the many of the same aural-oral methods used in French I. Listening and speaking French are taught using tapes and conversations. Reading and writing are taught in a guided way through the textbook.

French 3
Prerequisite: French 2
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits - Full Year

French 3 class time is divided about equally between continuing the study of the French language and applying it by reading, writing, speaking, listening,
and other activities using the target language. Special cultural focus will be on the study of 19th and 20th Century French Art.

French 3 Honors
Teacher Recommendation Required
Prerequisite: French 2
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits - Full year

French 3 Honors is an accelerated study of the French language and culture. This course is designed for the level 3 student who not only has an interest in French, but also has already demonstrated previous high-level achievement in French 2. It is expected that students who enroll in this course will be well organized, capable of abstract reasoning, highly motivated, and recommended by their level 2 teacher.

French 4 Honors
Teacher Recommendation Required
Prerequisite: French 3 or French 3 Honors
Grade Level 11-12
5 Credits - Full Year

A thematic unit approach will include varied activities. Short reading selections provide an introduction to topics while classroom discussion and oral presentations allow for expansion. A study of advanced grammatical structures will be a major component of the class. During the second semester, students will continue to expand their reading abilities through an unabridged novel and play as well as through short stories. Films and tapes will provide opportunities for further listening comprehension.

French 4
Prerequisite: French 3 or French 3 Honors
Grade Level 11-12
5 Credits - Full Year

French 4 has two objectives – an examination of the major grammatical structures of the language and an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Previously studied grammatical topics will be reviewed and new structure will be introduced and practiced. The student will be expected to demonstrate his mastery of this material in both the oral and written form. Short stories and excerpts of novels will be read, discussed, and analyzed in French. Films and tapes will provide opportunities for further listening comprehension.

French 5
Prerequisite: French 4 or French 4 Honors
Grade Level 12
5 Credits - Full Year

French 5 is designed for students who wish to maintain an active interest in language study. French 5 class objectives will emphasize oral communication with speaking activities about contemporary issues and current news. Informal readings will be selected from authentic material gathered from French language newspapers. Formal reading material will be chosen from a selection of short stories and poems written by French authors. A grammar review will be completed as a functional component of communicative language learning process.

Advanced Placement French 5
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of French 4 Honors
Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.
Grade Level 11-12
5 Credits - Full Year

The first semester emphasis is on a review of the mechanics of the French language with focus on the development of a natural, flowing style in French writing and speaking. Individualized instruction will be employed in working with each student to help overcome his/her difficulties with grammar, vocabulary, phonetics and style. Reading of unabridged works will begin.

During the second semester, students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of French literature through readings of such authors as Camus, Merimee, and Voltaire. Through these readings, students will study the techniques and biographical data reflected in the literary output of these major literary figures. Films and tapes will be used to broaden students’ abilities to comprehend the spoken word. Students are expected to register for and to take the College Board AP French Exam at the end of the year.