• French 1 curriculum

     

     

    Instructor: Mrs Autumn Bower-Mazzone

                            Room 217 Southwestern Central High School

     

    Purpose:  For French level 1, students gain an understanding of their world using second language.  Students in the class learn how to express themselves using simple language structures while finding connections between their own interests and the francophone world.  During the course, students will think about sentence structure both in French and in English to strengthen their meta-cognitive abilities: they think about the thought processes involved in arriving at a response.  Students in the class will be required to think, compare and contrast their way of life, their likes and dislikes, with other cultures. Students will use higher-level thinking skills to contemplate cultural and social issue. 

     

      

    COURSE OBJECTIVES:

    Communication: 

    • Students will meet or exceed the requirements put forth in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for Novice-Low to Novice-Mid levels of communication in a language other than English (American council on teaching foreign language) .
    • Students communicate using a number of isolated vocabulary words and phrases.
    • Students hear and are encouraged in the correct pronunciation of vocabulary and phrases

    Cultures: 

    • Gain knowledge and understanding of French speaking cultures through their products and perspectives of that culture.

     Connections:

    • Students make connections and enhance their learning of other disciplines through their study of the French language. 
    • Students consider other points of view as they study concepts in context. 

    Comparisons:

    • Compare their first language (English) and cultural with that of French speaking cultures

    Communities:

    • Students use what they learn in French class outside of the classroom.
    • Students actively search for examples of the influence of French language and the francophone cultures in their own community  as well as others they may visit.

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    Course structure:


    The course is divided into 6 sections, or units, made up of 4 topics or leçons.  Each leçon is quizzed and there is a test at the end of each unit.  Each unit also includes a project designed to incorporate students own interests.   Students learn vocabulary relating to topics and the grammar structures needed to express their idea involving those topics. 

    Timeline:

    Unit 1: September

    Unit 2: October-November

    Unit 3: November-December

    Unit 4: January-February

    Unit 5: February-March

    Unit 6: April-May

     


    Topics involved: 


    Cognates       School and class                 Numbers            Telling time           Activities       
    Family           Professions and trades        Clothing              Body parts            Months and days

    Weather         Sports                                Musique            Animals                 Places

    Stores          House and home           New technologies   Foods and meals      Countries and nationalities

    Travel and transportation                         Hobbies             Summer activities


     

     

    TEXT:  using teacher-complied materials from numerous sources 

     

     

    SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: 

     

    ·         Film :

    Amélie (Paris scenes)

    Les Choristes

     

     

     

    ·         2nd language /  target language sources

    French is Fun  Gail Stein Amsco Publishing

    You mean I have to know this!? John Beaver Traco-lingo Fun

    You mean I have to do this!?  John Beaver Traco-lingo Fun

     

    ·         Bandes dessinés

    French à la cartoon  Dr. Albert H Small editor

    Les Aventures d’Astérix le Gaulois  par Goscinny et Uderzo

    Les Aventures de Tintin  par Hergé

     

     

     

     

    SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS: 

     

    ·         Un Cadeau d’Australie

    ·         Le petit chien se trouve un ami

    ·         Dépêche-toi Molly !

    ·         Je suis trop gros

     

    PREREQUISITE: 

    ·         none

     
     

    Unité 1 (leçons 1-4)

     

    leçon

    Contexte

    Culture

    Structures

    1

    French and English: Similarities between French and English languages

     

    The French speaking world

    Greetings and leave-taking

    Definite Articles

       (masc. & fem)

    Accent marks

     

    2

     

    Au Lycée

    At school :

     how can I tell others about my school day ?

    The French school system

    Les Choristes

    Vocabulary

    Imperatives

    Indefinite articles

    3

    Un, deux, trois

    Counting in French

    Using Euros

    History of monetary system in France

    French telephone numbers

    Math terms

    Dropped ‘e’

     

    4

    Quelle heure est-il?

    Telling time in French

    Differences in style of time telling

    Interrogative pronoun ‘Quel’

    Introduction of some common verbs

     
     
    Unité 2 (leçons 5-8)

     

    leçon

    Contexte

    Culture

    Structures

    5

    Les Activités

    Talking about things we like and dislike doing

     

    Les gourmandises : dessert

    Subject pronouns

      Tu vs. vous

    Conjugation of regular –er verbs

    Making a sentence negative

     

    6

     

     La famille

    Family members and relationships

     

    French names

     

    Family member vocabulary

    Possessive adjectives

    Demonstrative pronouns

    7

    Être ou ne pas Être

    Professions and trades

     

    Agriculture and industry in France and Quebec

    Interrogative pronoun ‘qui’

    Conjugations of the irregular verb être

    Pronunciation of French ‘u’

     

    8

    Les vêtements et les couleurs

    Do my choices in wardrobe say something about me?

    Size comparisons between the French system and the American sizing system

    Adjectives and adjective agreement

     
     

    Unité 3 (leçons 9-12)

     

    leçon

    Contexte

    Culture

    Structures

    9

    Les parties du corps

    Talking about how we feel

     

    Les gestes (gestures)

    Body vocabulary

    Conjugations of the irregular verb avoir

    Expressions using the verb avoir

     

    10

     

    Les jours et les mois

    Expressing days and months

     

    Why is the French calendar different than ours?

    French holidays.

     

    Months and days

    There is/ there are

    There are not/is not

    11

    Quel temps fait-il ?

    Expressing the weather and seasons

     

    Vacations in France

    Seasons and weather expressions

    Conjugations of the irregular verb faire

    French holidays

     

    12

    Les sports

    Having fun and staying fit

    Tour de France

    Youth clubs in France

    Sports equipment and games

    Prépositions à & de

    Regular conjugations of –ir verbs

     

     

     

    Unité 4 (leçons 13-16)

     

     

    leçon

    Contexte

    Culture

    Structures

    13

    La musique

    Talking about playing music and musical  preferences

     

    French teens choices in music

    Music from Québec

    Conjugations of regular –re verbs

    Preposition de with verb jouer

     

    14

     Les animaux

    Common animals

    Animal parables

     

    French expressions using animals and their traits

     

    Pronunciation of the French ‘r’

    Giving a command or suggestion

    Using the subject pronoun ‘on’

     

    15

    Les lieux

    Places to go

     

    A visit to Paris

    From and to (à & de)

    Contractions

     

    16

    Les magasins

    Going shopping

    Grocery shopping at specific stores

    Conjugations of the irregular verb aller

     

     

     

    Unité 5 (leçons 17-20)

     

    leçon

    Contexte

    Culture

    Structures

    17

    La maison

    Describing home

     

    Comparison of French and American homes

    Prepositions of location

    18

     Les nouveautés

    Technologie in our lives

     

    Modern passe-temps

    Demonstrative adjective  ‘ce’ and its forms

    19

    Les aliments

    Meals

     

    French specialties by region

    (what specialties are in western NY?)

    Partitive: some of something

    20

    Le pique-nique

    Making plans

    Comparisons between the French and American picnics

    Conjugations of the irregular verbs vouloir and pouvoir

    Expressing the whole (tout)

     

      

    Unité 6 (leçons 21-24)

     

    leçon

    Contexte

    Culture

    Structures

    21

    Le monde est petit

    Nationalities: where do we come from?

     

    Everyday differences between the US and France

    Different customs in francophone countries

    Connections between country names, nationalities and languages spoken.

     

    22

     Les moyens de transport

    How we get around

     

    Train and air travel in France

     

    Conjugation of irregular verbs prendre, comprendre, apprendre and similar verbs

    23

    Les divertisements

    Entertainment

     

    French teens leisure activities

    Stress pronouns

     

     

    24

    Projets d’été

    Summer vacation

    French teens schedules and their vacations

    Expressing activities in the past tense