In this course students are introduced to conversational use of the French language. Pronunciation, vocabulary, listening comprehension skills and basic grammatical structure are developed through oral and written exercise. The students are also introduced to the culture and civilization of French-speaking countries.
This course is a continuation of French 1. Emphasis is placed on the practical use of French in speaking, reading, and writing. Attention is given to developing structural understanding through grammatical study and drills and to building vocabulary through readings and question/answer activities. Students continue to study the geography and culture of francophone countries.
FRENCH 2 HONORS
This course is a continuation of French 1 but at an accelerated pace with emphasis on oral expression and comprehension. In addition to structural and vocabulary development, students will read and interpret simple poems and articles. Students will develop expository themes and write creative stories. Students continue to study the geography and culture of francophone countries. There is an increased emphasis on the use of French as the language of communication in the classroom.
Students who have successfully completed French 2 can expand their knowledge and language usage in French 3. There is continued emphasis on the practical uses of French in speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension using a variety of verb tenses and more complex structural forms. Students will begin to read and interpret simple literary texts and documentary material about French culture.
FRENCH 3 HONORS
Although continuing to concentrate on speaking and understanding skills, the student now aims for a broader understanding of language structure. Although continuing to concentrate on speaking and understanding skills, the student now aims for a broader understanding of language structure. More attention is given to writing skills, and in the second semester, a reading unit (Le Petit Prince) is introduced. Students expand their cultural knowledge of France and of French-speaking Africa.
This course is a combined class with a 4 semester sequence that can be entered at the 1st or 3rd semester without detriment to either group of students. Concepts are reviewed at each level to bridge the gap. Continuous refinement of all four skills, with emphasis on listening and speaking, through the use of multi-media programs, takes place. More advanced reading and writing are explored as major cultural issues, similarities and differences are discussed.
FRENCH 4 HONORS
This course is a continuation of French 3H. Emphasis is placed on speaking and understanding the spoken language as well as refining reading and writing skills. Videos, cassettes, group and individual presentations, and field trips (when appropriate) are included in the curriculum. The study of French culture, which includes a survey of French art and a study of the opera Carmen, is an integral part of the program. French is the primary language of the classroom as the student prepares for the Advanced Placement level work of French 5AP.
The Advanced Placement Program in French Language is intended for those who have chosen to develop their proficiency in French with no necessary emphasis on literature. Students should have a command of the grammar and considerable competence in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The objectives of the course will be: (a) ability to understand spoken French in various conversational situations; (b) development of a French vocabulary sufficiently ample for reading newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts and other non-technical writings without dependence on a dictionary; and (c) ability to express oneself in both written and spoken French, at an advanced or first year college level. This class is conducted entirely in French.