• French 2 Curriculum

     

    Instructor: Mrs Autumn Bower-Mazzone

                            Room 217 Southwestern Central High School

     

    Purpose:  For French level 2, students further explore world using their second language skills gained from French 1.  Students in the class express themselves using simple language structures continuing to incorporate more complex grammar and vocabulary. 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 while using a second language. 

     

    COURSE OBJECTIVES:

    Communication: 

    • Students will meet or exceed the requirements put forth in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for Novice-Mid to Novice-high levels (American council on teaching foreign language) of communication in a language other than English.
    • Students communicate using an ever increasing vocabulary 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.
     
     Course structureFrench 2 is divided into 8 unités which contain 2 leçons each (a & b).  For each leçon there are quizzes on the vocabulary and grammar concepts covered as well as a test.  When the unit has been completed, students complete a test comprised of the four domains present in the learning of a language: speaking, reading, writing and listening.  Each unit is accompanied by a project intended to foster the students’ higher level cognitive abilities.  Within the leçons, students are first introduced to the vocabulary in context including video clips of native and non-native French speakers interacting, culture, grammar structures and a review.  When both leçons for a unité have been completed, students read further about francophone cultures and synthesis what they have learned into a written assignment. 
     
    September: Unit 1
    October: Unit 2
    November: Unit 3
    December- Mid-January: Unit 4
    Mid-January- Mid-February: Unit 5 

    Mid-February- Mid-March: Unit 6 

    Mid-March-April: Unit 7

    May: Unit 8

    Topics involved: 

    Greeting                                  Food and meal-taking                         Travel
    School                                     Pastimes                                              House and home

    Family & Friends                    Parties and celebrations                      Environment


     TEXT:  D’accord 

                Vista Higher Learning 

                 Senior project Manager: Thomas Keon                     

     

     

    SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: 

     

    • Film :

    Amélie (Paris scenes)

    Au revoir les enfants

     

     

     

    • 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

    •  Le Petit Nicholas par Sempé-Goscinny

     

     

     

     

    Required materials: *French-English dictionary for home use

                                        *3-ring binder

                           

     

    PREREQUISITE: 

    • French level 1

    Unité

     

    Contexte

    Culture

    Structures

    1

    a

    Introductions and greetings

    Greeting customs

    Aix-en-Provence

    Nouns and articles

    Numbers 1-60

    b

    At school

    Typical French?

    Superdupont

    Present tense of the verb être

    Adjective agreement

    2

     

    a

    Classes/ academics

    French school system

    French immersion in Canada

    Present tense of regular –er verbs

    Forming questions and negations

    b

    A week at school

    Baccalauréat

    Higher-education in France

    Present tense of the verb avoir

    Telling time

    3

    a

    Family

    Family life in France

    Les Noah

    Descriptive adjectives

    Possessive adjectives

    b

    Friends and descriptions

    Friendships: what is the difference between a classmate and a friend?

    Les Depardieu

    Numbers 61-100

    Prepositions of location

    Disjunctive pronouns

    4

    a

    Destinations

    Adolescents’ pastimes

    Parc Astérix

    Present tense of the verb aller

    Interrogative words

    b

    Food and

    meal-taking

    The French café

    Cafés of North Africa

    Present tense of the verbs prendre and boire

    Present tense of regular –ir verbs

    5

    a

    Free time

    Soccer

    Zidane et Flessel

    Present tense of the verb faire

    Present tense of irregular –ir verbs

    b

    Weather

    Public gardens in France

    French and their bikes

    Numbers 101 and higher

    Spelling change –er verbs

    6

    a

    Parties

    Le Carnival

    Le 14 juillet

    Demonstrative adjectives

    Passé composé with avoir

    b

    Clothes shopping

    Fashion in France

    Coco Chanel

    Indirect object pronouns

    Present tense of regular and irregular –re verbs

    7

    a

    Travel/ vacations

    Tahiti

    The museum of Orsay

    The passé composé with Être

    Direct object pronouns

    b

    Hotel

    Vacations in France

    The Alps and skiing

    Adverbs

    Formation of the imperfect

    8

    a

    House and home

    Homes in France

    Le château Frontenac

    Using the passé composé and imperfect together

    b

    Housework

    Inside of a French home

    The French Quarter

    Using the verbs savoir and connaître