French 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION

French 1 is a year long virtual course divided into two semesters (French 1A and French 1B) and available through different tuition packages.  This course is for students who have little to no previous exposure to French. Although students starting at this level may occasionally be able to recognize and produce isolated words such as ‘merci,’ or out of context high-frequency phrases, such as 'Je t'aime,' they show virtually no auditory or reading comprehension of any kind, and have no real functional ability to communicate in the language. The majority of the class is taught in English with attention to all four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 

French 1 GOALS

Listening: 

Students will often but not always be able to understand information from sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, in basic personal and social contexts where there is contextual or extralinguistic support, though comprehension may often be very uneven. They will be able to understand speech dealing with areas of practical need such as highly standardized messages, phrases, or instructions, if the vocabulary has been learned.

Speaking:

Students will be able to manage successfully a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. Students will be able to respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information. Their language consists primarily of short and sometimes incomplete sentences in the present, and may be hesitant or inaccurate. Students may be able to respond in intelligible sentences, but  will not be able to sustain sentence-level discourse.They will also able to ask a few formulaic questions.

Reading:

Students will be able to understand, fully and with relative ease, key words and cognates, as well as formulaic phrases across a range of highly contextualized texts. Where vocabulary has been learned, they can understand predictable language and messages such as those found on train schedules, roadmaps, and street signs. Students will typically be able to derive meaning from short, non-complex texts that convey basic information for which there is contextual or extralinguistic support.

Writing: 

Students will be able to meet limited basic practical writing needs using lists, short messages, postcards, and simple notes. They are able to express themselves within the context in which the language was learned, relying mainly on practiced material. Their writing is focused on common elements of daily life. Students will be able to recombine learned vocabulary and structures to create simple sentences on very familiar topics, but are not able to sustain sentence-level writing all the time. Due to inadequate vocabulary and/or grammar, writing at this level may only partially communicate the intentions of the writer. 

COURSE GRADING EVALUATION

A 94-100 4.00                   A- 90-93 3.70

B+ 87-89 3.50                   B 83-86 3.00

B- 80-82 2.70                   C+ 77-79 2.30

C 70-76 2.00                    C- 68-69 1.70

D 65-67 1.00                    F Below 65 0

GRADING CRITERIA

Weekly Quizzes         30%

4 Essays                     15%

4 Oral Exams            15%

Mid Term Exam       20%

Final Exam               20%

 

French 1 REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisites: None

Materials Required: None

Equipment Required: High speed internet connection and computer.

Late Work:

Late work is not accepted. Quizzes, essays, exams, and compositions may be made-up or turned in late only when the work was not completed due to an excused absence. Legitimate excused absences include the following: religious holy days, a death in the immediate family, or serious illness.

Attendance:

Missing 40% or more of any scheduled classes (either excused or unexcused) for any one course in which you are enrolled will result in an automatic failure.