Chapitre 1 - septembre et octobre

le 29 septembre Vocabulaire Mots Nouveaux I, pp. 44-45
PSW p. 16
WTM p. 11 Ex A

le 30 septembre Vocabulaire Mots Nouveaux II, pp. 50-51
PSW p. 17
WTM p. 11 Ex B, C
WTM p. 12 Ex D

le 1er octobre pas de classe
Contrôle demain - Vocabulaire Mots Nouveaux I et II, pp. 44-45, 50-51

le 2 octobre Les pronoms et le verbe aller pp. 54-56
PSW p. 18-19
WTM p. 12-13 Ex. E, F, G

le 3 octobre La négation p. 61
PSW p. 20
WTM p. 14 H, I
Contrôle LUNDI – aller, pronoms sujets, négation

le 6 octobre La négation p. 61
PSW p. 20
WTM p. 14 H, I
Contrôle LUNDI – aller, pronoms sujets

le 7 octobre Le pluriel des noms p. 65 et Les questions p. 68
PSW p. 21
WTM p. 15
Contrôle mercredi la négation, le pluriel des noms et les questions
PSW p. 22
WTM p. 16 Ex K (the whole page)

le 8 octobre pas de classe
Contrôle DEMAIN– la négation, le pluriel des noms et les questions

le 9 octobre Contrôle de Révision p. 74

Révision de tout !

le 14 octobre EXAMEN CHAPITRE 1

Homework assignments may be added or modified as needed

FRENCH I  2003-2004 - Mme Katy Wheelock

In this course, French I students will be introduced to the four skills of language learning:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  They will use their new linguistic knowledge (vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation) to develop communicative skills for use in a variety of situations.  In addition to learning to communicate in French, students will study aspects of life in francophone countries.  They will learn about life in contemporary France by reading a French magazine designed for students of French.  Cultural knowledge of France and the francophone world will be studied in conjunction with linguistic and communicative activities.  Through geographical studies of France, students will be responsible for producing a map from memory.  A simplified novel specially designed to have cultural interest for beginning French students will be a focus for writing and speaking activities at the end of the year.  Use of modern technology for research, assignments, quizzes, and tests will also be an integral part of class.

At the conclusion of the course, successful students will communicate in French using high-frequency vocabulary and basic patterns of grammar in a variety of everyday situations.  Oral participation and listening comprehension skills will be integral to the course.  Students will build their listening skills by hearing cassettes of a variety of native French speakers who speak at a normal rate.  A passive reading vocabulary will be developed and students will begin to write short paragraphs in the target language.  Students will study the present, imperative, past, and future tenses and will be introduced to common idiomatic expressions and vocabulary words.

DIS-MOI Textbook, Scott Foresman
DIS-MOI Practice Sheet Workbook, Scott Foresman
DIS-MOI Workbook and Tape Manual, Scott Foresman
Recommended: Larousse Concise French/English Dictionary and 501 French Verbs, C. Kendris

In addition to the introductory chapter at the start of the course, students will study 8-9 chapters in the Scott Foresman series DIS-MOI.  Each chapter will be studied for approximately 10 days, including time for tests, quizzes, and other special assignments.  One novel will be read and studied for 2-3 weeks in the second semester.  Homework will be assigned almost daily, and frequent, short quizzes will check for student understanding on a regular basis.  In-class and off-campus “tours” will be a part of class activities whenever possible and appropriate to enrich the student’s experience and to provide them with opportunities to deepen their understanding of French and francophone culture.

The French 1 course uses materials based on Scott Foresman’s level one French program, DIS-MOI, that consists of a textbook, tape manual, workbook, audio cassettes, and overhead transparencies.  The class will be conducted in French as much as possible, with some explanations in English.  As a result, students will be expected to use the French they have learned as often as possible in class.  Listening activities, using cassette tapes, will introduce students to the voices of native French speakers and will correspond with textbook studies.  Student participation and pronunciation will also be graded.  Using the language in an active manner should be the goal of each student.  Students will also do assignments using the Internet, in particular on and/or The Board (via the EHS Intranet).  Assignment sheets will available on a weekly basis, detailing all work to be completed in the upcoming week via handouts, on the EHS intranet and/or on-line.  Specific areas of study are explained below:

Tests – Each chapter of study will include a major test which will be 45 – 70 minutes in length.  Tests will check for understanding and mastery of vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and culture.  Each test will also include a listening and speaking section.  Pronunciation and fluency will be tested, as well as appropriate use of grammar and vocabulary.  Approximately 2 – 3 tests will be given each quarter.

Quizzes – Students will take a variety of quizzes for each unit of study to check on their ongoing progress and understanding of new vocabulary and grammar.  Quizzes may be written or oral, or a combination of both.  Students are responsible for learning the gender of all nouns, necessary accent marks, and the best way to use their new knowledge.  Quizzes, given approximately twice per week, should take around 10 – 20 minutes to complete.

Listening Comprehension – Each chapter will include a variety of listening activities which will be graded.  Students will listen to tape cassette activities and will answer questions about what they have heard.  Listening activities will also include dictations to help reinforce comprehension.  Additional listening activities may include songs, television shows or commercials, radio programming, and guest speakers.  Each chapter test will also evaluate students’ listening comprehension skills. 

Oral Participation – In each quarter, students will have a variety of formal and informal oral activities to demonstrate this proficiency in French.  Activities may include skits, dialogues, brief oral presentations, and interviews.  Also, as stated above, each test will also include a speaking section.  Pronunciation and fluency will be tested, as well as appropriate use of grammar and vocabulary.  Students may receive higher grades when they are meaningfully involved in class activities.  Students should ask and answer questions in French whenever possible, come to class prepared and ready to participate, and should listen to and treat others respectfully in class.  Students are requested not to eat, drink, or chew gum in class as it interferes with one’s ability to speak clearly.

Homework – Homework will be assigned nearly every night, and will typically include exercises from the PSW (Practice Sheet Workbook) or the WTM (Workbook Tape Manual), or textbook questions.  Homework may include a reading assignment with or without accompanying questions.  In order to participate effectively in class the next day, this work must be completed on time.  Usually the textbook or a dictionary can provide the help needed to complete all homework exercises.  Beyond textbook exercises, homework may also include listening, speaking, reading, and writing assignments.  Students will usually self-correct their assignments in class to have immediacy in their daily work and to learn from their mistakes.  Except in extenuating circumstances, late assignments will not be accepted.  Although homework is worth only 10% of the final quarter grade, successful students will find that doing their homework helps them greatly in their preparations for quizzes, tests, class participation, and other in-class activities.  Freshman students will typically spend about 30 minutes a night doing French homework.  Please see me if you find that you are spending more than 30 minutes on your homework on a regular basis.

Exam – In December and May there will be a two-hour exam near the conclusion of each semester.  This grade will reflect 20% of the student’s semester grade.

EVALUATION/ASSESSMENT - These percentages are approximate but generally reflect the percentages for each.
Tests 25%
Quizzes 25%
Listening Comprehension 20%
Oral participation 20%
Homework 10%

The Honor Code – All quizzes, tests, and special projects should be the student’s individual work.  While students may ask for general assistance on assignments outside of class, they should not complete any individual assignments collaboratively, unless they are specifically asked to work together.  When researching, students should be careful not to translate from English into French without citing their source(s).  Students should adhere to professional academic standards when citing sources, e.g. using the Modern Language Association (MLA).  Use of a French spell-check on a computer will be allowed ONLY if specifically indicated for a particular assignment.  French translation software or use of translation sites on the Internet is prohibited.

Whenever a student needs assistance, s/he should request help from me or another teacher.  Students getting “extra help” from others should still be sure that the work represents their best efforts and not the efforts of others. Students should not ask for answers from classmates, but can seek assistance on how to do assignments.  Studying for quizzes and tests with others is a good way to practice speaking and listening skills, as well as to practice writing.  If you feel you need a tutor, please see me to discuss your situation.  When requested in advance, I am usually available in the mornings, before period 2 or after period 3 to meet with you before or after class.  Call or e-mail for help in the afternoons and evenings.

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My Quia activities and quizzes
Dis-moi Ch 7 MN I - La Géographie - Europe and N. America
Mots Nouveaux I Vocabulaire
Dis-moi Ch 7 MN I - Contexte Communicative (Traveling)
Dis-moi Ch 7 Adjectives of Nationality
Dis-moi Ch 7 - A Variety of -ir verbs
Dis-moi Ch 7 Les pays en Europe et en Amérique
Dis-moi Ch 7 Adj of Nationality and other adjectives
Dis-moi Ch 7 Vocab- Nouns for Vacationing
Dis-moi Ch 6 Nouns (Sports and Games)
Dis-moi Ch 6 Adjectives including beau, nouveau, etc.
Dis-moi Ch 6 Verbs and Adverbs for Sports and Leisure activities and others
Dis-moi Ch 7 Verbs etc. for traveling
Dis-moi Ch 6 Various Expressions (prepositions, adverbs, etc.)
Dis-moi Ch 4 Adjectives for French 1 (some irregular)
Dis-moi Ch 4 Nouns - Around Town
Dis-moi Ch 4 Around town - Various expressions, questions, and grammar points
Dis-moi Ch 4 Mostly regular -er verbs
Dis-moi Family and Friends Vocabulary - Nouns
Dis-moi Expressions for family unit
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