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French I, v1

1.0 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Ms. Shaundi L. Wall

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Instructor Information:

Education: BA, University of Southern Mississippi

Teaching Experience: Ms. Wall has spent more than 10 years teaching high school French and English in both the public and private sectors of Mississippi and Louisiana schools during which time she was honored as a STAR Teacher.

She has traveled extensively during her four trips to Europe and has been to France three times--once as a high school student and twice leading her own students. Her students have consistently performed extremely well on the National French Exam, placing in the top 16% in the state of Mississippi; one student even placed top in the state and 17th in the nation.

She loves creating and nurturing life-long learners, and many of her students have chosen to incorporate French into their studies, travels, and careers.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138
E-mail: UMHS@olemiss.edu

Course Description:

French is spoken by nearly 500 million people world wide. French is the only foreign language that can be useful throughout the world as well as in the United States. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. The International Organization of Francophonie has 56 member states and governments. Of these, 29 countries have French as an official language. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. French and English are the only two global languages.

This course serves as a basic introduction to this beautiful and highly useful language. Through it, you will learn: the alphabet, numbers, colors, days of the week, months of the year, and vocabulary pertaining to seasons, weather, family, friends, activities, food, clothes, continents, professions, school, home, and the body. You will be provided opportunities to develop and communicate an understanding of:

  • Communication in French
  • Knowledge and understanding of French culture
  • Connection with other disciplines
  • Insight into the nature of the French language, cultures, and history
  • Multilingual communities at home and around the world

This course is not recommended for students who are not strong or willing to get strong in English grammar. The study of a foreign language obviously involves the intensive study of grammar, sentence structures, and vocabulary. If you donít have a firm understanding of these in your own language, they will not be any easier in a foreign one. This course, especially since it is online, will be quite time consuming. Please ensure you have good time management and study/learning skills before agreeing to undertake this rewarding course of study.

Required Textbook:

Cíest ‡ Toi Level 1 Textbook (2nd edition) ISBN: 082193256X (available in hardback and online)

Cíest ‡Toi Level 1 Workbook (2nd edition) ISBN: 0821932608 (available online for Free!)

Cíest ‡Toi Level 1 Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises (2nd edition) ISBN: 0821932640 (available in paperback only)

Hardcopy French-English Dictionary (Pocket, picture, and online dictionaries can be used only in addition to a hardcopy French-English dictionary. Webster's New French Dictionary is a good one.)

*Online editions of the Textbook, the free Workbook, free Textbook Audio, free Listening Activities, free Videos, and other free resources are available through EMC publishing [here].

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

  1. Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  2. Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  3. Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  6. Reinforce and further knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  7. Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and the studentsí own.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the culture studied and the studentsí own.
  10. Use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  11. Show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Course Outline:

While the book contains 12 Units, this course consists of 8 Units because it has been my experience that this is the most you can feasibly comprehend and master during the course of a regular school year. Please note that some Units are longer than others and will require more time. Therefore it may not be the wisest decision to space them out one per month. Units must be completed consecutively because each Unit is cumulative (contains information from all previous Units). It may help to think of moving through this course the way you would move through a video game in that you can't truly advance to the next level (Unit) until you have mastered the previous one because all the skills you acquire in one level (Unit) will be needed in the next. All tests (one per Unit) are also cumulative.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all assignments and this course are completed in a timely manner and in accordance with the UMVHS schedule.

In addition to Teaching Videos and Textbook and Online activities, each Unit consists of the following:

UNIT/TEXTBOOK PAGES CONTENT GRADED ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITIES ASSESSMENT(S)
Salut! «a va? 1; pgs. 1-17
  • GREETINGS, INTRODUCTIONS, AND GOODBYES
  • EXCHANGING NAMES
  • TITLES: MONSIEUR, MADAME, and MADEMOISELLE (AND ABBREVIATIONS)
  • NUMBERS 0-20
  • ALPHABET
  • FRENCH NAMES
I. Grammar and Vocab Exercises II. Workbook UNIT 1 QUIZ UNIT 1 TEST
Quíest-ce que tu aimes faire ? 2; pgs. 18-55
  • INFINITIVES FOR ACTIVITIES
  • PERSONAL SUBJECT PRONOUNS
  • TU/VOUS
  • CONJUGATION OF ñER VERBS
  • ADVERBS: un peu, bien, beaucoup
  • NEGATIONS
  • DEFINITE ARTICLES (le, la, les, lí)
I. Grammar and Vocab Exercises II. Workbook UNIT QUIZ UNIT 2 TEST
Au cafÈ 3; 56-97
  • TELLING TIME
  • STATE OF BEING (HOW ìGOî YOU)
  • HUNGER/THIRST
  • CONJUGATION OF aller
  • DEFINITE ARTICLES (le, la, les, lí)
  • INDEFINITE ARTICLES (un, une, des)
  • CHANGING ARTICLES TO PRONOUNS (le ____ Ë il, etc.)
  • FOOD VOCAB
  • NUMBERS 0-100
I. Grammar and Vocab Exercises II. MENU, DIALOGUE, BILL(225 POINTS) III. Workbook UNIT 3 QUIZ UNIT 3 TEST
¿ líÈcole 4; 98-133
  • CLASSROOM OBJECTS
  • PREPOSITIONS
  • CONJUGATION OF avoir (IRREGULAR)
  • EXPRESSIONS WITH avoir
  • SCHOOL SUBJECTS
  • NUMBERS HUNDRED-THOUSAND
  • CONJUGATION OF REGULAR ñIR VERBS
  • EXPRESSIONS WITH TIME
I. Grammar and Vocab Exercises II. Líemploi du temps de Pierre-Jean (200 points) III. Les noms des jours de la semaine (150 points) IV. Workbook
UNIT 4 QUIZ UNIT 4 TEST
En Famille 5; 134-173
  • FAMILY VOCABULARY
  • POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES
  • EXPRESSING AGE WITH AVOIR
  • MONTHS
  • NUMBERS THOUSANDóMILLION
  • ANIMALS/PETS
  • CONJUGATION OF ETRE (IRREGULAR)
  • WRITING DATES
  • ADJECTIVES (MASCULINE, FEMININE, AND ìBEAUî)
I. Textbook II. Grammar and Vocab Exercises III. Líarbre geneologique (200 points) IV. Workbook UNIT 5 QUIZ UNIT 5TEST
Tu viens dío˘ ? 6; 174-219
  • COUNTRIES
  • NATIONALITIES
  • CONJUGATION OF venir
  • DE + DEFINITE ARTICLES
  • ASKING QUESTIONS USING ´ EST-CE QUE, NíEST-CE PASª
  • PROFESSIONS
  • QUEL
  • CíEST vs. IL/ELLE EST
  • SEASONS
  • WEATHER
  • CONJUGATION OF FAIRE
  • ASKING QUESTIONS WITH INVERSION
I. Textbook II. Grammar and Vocab Exercises III. Un sÈjour en famille (150 points) IV. Quelle est ta profession? (200 points) V. Workbook UNIT 6 QUIZ UNIT 6TEST
On fait les magasins 7; 220-258
  • CLOTHING
  • ALLER + INFINITIVES
  • ¿ + DEFINITE ARTICLES
  • COLORS
  • ADJECTIVES (IRREGULAR AND ìBAGSî)
  • CONJUGATION OF ñRE VERBS
  • CONJUGATION OF ACHETER AND PREFERER
I. Textbook II. Grammar and Vocab Exercises III. Workbook UNIT 7 QUIZ UNIT 7 TEST
On fait les courses 8; 260-305
  • FOOD
  • CONJUGATIONS OF vouloir AND pouvoir
  • DEMONSTRATIVE ADJECTIVES
  • PARTIVE ARTICLE
  • EXPRESSIONS OF QUANTITY
  • COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVES
I. Textbook II. Grammar and Vocab Exercises III. WORKBOOK UNIT 8 QUIZ FINAL EXAM

Grading Scale:

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

The grading format is as follows:

The grading will be on a percentage scale for each grade and formatted as follows:

Unit Grades
Assignments (based on the total point system): 40%
Quiz: 10%
Unit Test: 50%
Final grade The averaged percentage of all Unit Grades: 80%
Final Exam: 20%