• Curriculum  Français 4

    August 23, 2011


    Instructor: Mrs Autumn Bower-Mazzone

                            Room 217 Southwestern Central High School


    Purpose:  For French level 4, students further explore world using their second language skills gained from their years of studying French.  Students in the class express themselves using complex language structures 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. 



    • Students will meet or exceed the requirements put forth in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for Novice-Mid to Intermediate-Low  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


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


    • 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. 


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


    • 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 structure:


    French 4 is divided into 5 leçons.  For each leçon, there are quizzes on the vocabulary and grammar concepts covered as well as a test.  Tests are 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 and students are expected to do independent research on a variety of topics.  Within the leçons, students are first introduced to the vocabulary in context including video clips of francophone short films highlighting different aspects of French and/or francophone cultures.  After the test, students will discuss their completed projects with their classmates. 




    September-October:  Unit 1

    November- December: Unit 2

    January-February: Unit 3

    February-March: Unit 4

    March- May: Unit 5



    TEXT:  Imaginez le français sans frontières

                Vista Higher Learning 

                 Cherie Mitschke,   Southwestern University







    • Film :

    Au revoir les enfants








    Required materials: *French-English dictionary for home use

                                        *3-ring binder



    • French level 1, 2, &3. Students must complete the JCC accu-placer exam to be considered for college credit.








    How do we interact in society?

    French influence in North America

    Spelling change verbs


    Être, aller, avoir, faire


    Forming questions

    Le télégramme

    de Coralie Fargeat


    Music of Roch Voisine


    Le pont Mirabeau

    G. Apollinaire



    What do people give up for city life?

    French music/ music festivals

    Reflexive verbs

    Reciprocal verbs


    Descriptive adjectives

    Adjective agreement


    J’attendrai le suivant…

    de Philippe Orreindy


    Music of Paris Combo


    Mai 1968,

    de Jacques Prévert


    How are we influenced by the media?

    The influence of the media on culture

    Passé composé with avoir,  être, and the imperfect



    Emilie Muller

    d’Yvon Marciano


    Music d’Atlan


    Chroniques de

     l’an 2222

    de Patrick Cauvin


    Are ideas valuable even if they are not put into practice?

    The art of Haïti

    The plus-que-parfait




    Indefinite adjectives and pronouns


    Irregular –ir verbs

    La révolution des crabes

    d’Arthur de Pins


    Musique du groupe

     Les Nubians


    Chien maigre et chien gross

    de Jean Juraver


    What is the impact of a diverse society?

    The development of education in West Africa



    Pronouns y and en


    Order of pronouns

    Samb et le commissaire

    d’Olivier Sillig


    Musique d’Alpha Blondy


    Le marché de l’espoir

    de Ghislaine Sathoud