Contact Information Room: 1119 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone (303) 340-1500, extension 63062 Bien dit! Website: http://go.hrw.com/gopages/wl-fr.html http://go.hrw.com/gopages/wl-fr.html
Course Description In this course, you will acquire some basic communication skills in the French language, all presented in a meaningful cultural context. The focus of the class, in the beginning, is oral communication (listening comprehension and production) in the present tense. As communication topics are expanded, the focus will shift to the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammatical structures are presented formally for reference but are integrated in functional situations relating to the communication theme of the day. In this way you will learn not only to understand and speak basic French, but you will also get a unique insight into the contemporary culture of the francophone world.
The goals of this French class are: To communicate in the French language – the focus will be on understanding spoken French and on exchanging information in simple conversations using various tenses. You will also learn to read and express yourself in writing in addition to further developing your oral skills. To gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures – you will be introduced to the diversity of the French speaking world and learn to observe and analyze cultural differences in photographs, videos, and other cultural relia. To develop insight into your own language – through grammar study, you will develop an insight into the structure and patterns that exist in French and be able to relate them to the comparable structures in English. Course Goals
A review Section Present tense of most frequently used French verbs (to include reflexive verbs) Past tense Direct and indirect object pronouns Imperfect tense Imperfect versus past tense Additional negatives Francophone Culture, History, Film, Literature, Art, etc. French 2 Course Content
Quarter 1 Use basic greetings and expressions of courtesy (1.9) Identify main ideas from oral, visual, or written sources (1.10) Write or briefly tell about an event or personal experience (1.11) Initiate greetings and use appropriate gestures with support (2.3) Quarter 2 Express feelings, basic needs, emotions, or opinions (1.12) Identify the meaning of unfamiliar words using decoding skills (1.13) Compare similarities and differences of common expressive products between the native and target cultures (songs, artwork, crafts, etc) (2.4) 1 st Semester – French 2
Quarter 3 Ask and answer questions using high frequency learned phrases (1.14) State and follow a short sequence of oral and written requests (1.15) Extract main ideas and supporting details from authentic resources (3.2) Quarter 4 Demonstrate comprehension of a listening activity or reading selection (1.16) Apply age-appropriate writing process strategies (1.17) Identify the contributions of the target cultures to the students’s culture and vice versa (4.2) 2 nd Semester – French 2
Bien dit! Holt French 2. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2008. Cahier d’activitiés. (Bien dit!, Holt Rinehart & Winston, 2008) Textbooks Students will be issued a textbook for his or her use. He or she is responsible for that book until the last day of school and must keep it FREE FROM MARKS. Students will be fined for missing, destroyed, or otherwise damaged textbooks. Please see the librarian and/or bookkeeper for more details.
This is a standards-based grading class. The following guideline will be used: Advanced (A/a) The student consistently and independently demonstrates proficient and advanced understanding in course concepts and skills in a variety of assessments. A Proficient (P/p) The student independently demonstrates proficiency in course concepts and skills in a variety of assessments. B Partially Proficient (PP/pp) The student demonstrates proficiency in course concepts and skills with teacher and peer support. C Unsatisfactory (U/u) The student demonstrates limited understanding and application of course content and skills and is making progress toward proficiency. D/F Missing (M/m) The student has shown insufficient evidence to gauge understanding or progress. F Capital Letters: Summative or major assignments/assessments. Lower Case: Formative or practice assignments/assessments. (+) and (-) symbols may be used to communicate a range within a proficiency level. Grading Policy
Body of Evidence There are two types of assessment, formative and summative. Formative (assessments for learning) provide direction for improvement for the student and adjustment of instruction for the teacher e.g. observation, quizzes, homework, discussion, drafts, etc. These assessments are identified by lower case letters in the teacher grade book. Summative (assessment of learning) provide information to be used in making judgments about a students achievement at the end of a sequence of instruction, e.g. final drafts, tests, assignments, projects, performances, etc. These assessments are identified by capital letters in the teacher grade book.
Homework In a foreign language class, it is important to work on a continuous basis. Since language study is cumulative (like math), you should spend at least 10-20 minutes every day learning the language (homework, review of grammar, vocabulary, etc.), instead of 5 hours of study right before the test. Thus, you should prepare your homework (either oral or written) in a timely manner in order to demonstrate understanding and receive a grade of advanced or proficient. –Homework is due at the beginning of class the day after it is assigned (unless otherwise specified). –Late work will not be accepted for credit. –Occasional projects (cultural, family tree, weather report, dialogues, commercials, body parts, etc.) will be assigned as homework. –Extra opportunities to demonstrate proficiency may be earned for speaking and/or writing in French, participating in cultural activities, and attending specific activities throughout the year.
Participation You cannot learn a language just by listening – you MUST speak as well. This is in essence what you are studying in French class. Each day, you will be given multiple opportunities to practice what you are learning and learn while you are practicing. In order to make progress and to create a true French community in the classroom, it is necessary for you to be present (remember that absences will affect your grade since you are not in class to practice learned material and/or learn new material), to participate actively, and to contribute productively to class discussions and activities. Participation is a large portion of your standards based grade since you have to demonstrate yourself in a spoken manner. It is not necessary that your answer is perfectly correct, but it should not be completely wrong either. The purpose is to orally attempt the French language as much as possible. Please note that you limit yourself in participation when you find yourself off-task, inattentive, don’t know where we are in an activity, not completed assignments that prepare you for participation, or shout out answers without being recognized. Thus, you always need to come prepared to class and not be shy about volunteering as this is one of the major ways in which you will be evaluated.
Formative Assessments Formative assessments will be given weekly. They are short and if you participate in class and keep up with the simple daily practices and vocabulary, you should have no trouble scoring very well on the formative assessments. Thus, it is imperative to practice vocabulary and review grammar on a daily basis. You will be expected to complete the formative assessments, even if you are absent.
Summative Assessments In order for you to learn a foreign language effectively, you need to be able to learn the structure and logic that underlies its grammatical system (i.e. the system of knowledge that enables you to communicate successfully with other people). That is why the learning and understanding of grammar holds such great importance in a language class. Students will be assessed with a variety of means (listening, writing, speaking, and reading) as well as other details concerning culture, vocabulary, grammar, etc. Exams will be given at the end of each unit and/or quarter covering material discussed in class and assigned as class work and/or homework. These exams will be announced in advance as they may either take one or more class periods to complete. Therefore, if you are absent the day before an exam, you will be expected to take the exam with the rest of the class!
Classroom Rules I will do my best to abide by the following standards of personal and communal conduct at all times: –to follow core values of being a T.B.I.R.D. (student conduct): thinker, balanced, integrity, respect, and determination. –to help create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment. –to come to class on time and prepared for learning by bringing my required supplies (binder, paper, pen/pencils, homework, brain, good attitude, etc.). Coming to class unprepared and/or without the necessary materials will warrant a return to your locker to retrieve the necessary materials and a tardy pass for classroom reentry. –refrain from talking during group instruction or quiet time. –to participate in all class activities and to enjoy learning everyday. –de parler en français le plus que possible.
Classroom Policies and Procedures You cannot learn a language if you don’t hear the language spoken! This is why class instruction will be conducted primarily in FRENCH. Not understanding everything, I say, is part of the process! YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW! This is what stimulates you to listen more carefully and deduct the pertinent information from context. The grammar and vocabulary are explained to you in English in your textbook. Reading the textbook on a daily basis is part of your homework. If you come to class prepared everyday and pay attention, you will soon understand.
Materials Needed Bringing your binder, paper, and pencils/pens, and assigned homework daily are a requirement! Coming to class unprepared is not beneficial as you may miss out on important information or needed practice opportunities.
Attendance Daily presence in class is essential in any foreign language class. When you are absent, you miss valuable in class listening and speaking opportunities that are difficult to make-up. This will more than likely be reflected in your grade because you may not have acquired the skills needed to meet a standard for this class. However, if you are not in class, you will need to volunteer more frequently during the next few classes and complete given assignments IMMEDIATELY in order to demonstrate proficiency. If you are absent, you must be excused by the attendance office. Examples of legitimate excuses are serious illness, accident, death of a family member/friend, or any act of nature beyond your control.
Tardy Policy Students are expected to be in class, in seats, and ready to begin work when the bell rings. The school tardy policy will be in effect for this class. If you are tardy, you will not be admitted to the classroom without a tardy pass. You will need to report to the tardy cart and receive a pass in order to be admitted. Should you need further clarification about the tardy policy, please contact the dean of attendance.
Making Up / Missed Work If you have been absent, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what was covered in class to complete missed work. Checklists of all assignments for each unit will be distributed at the beginning of each unit. You are expected to keep up with all assignments. You will be required to complete formative and summative assessments as they are assigned EVEN IF YOU ARE ABSENT. You will not be reminded of missed work; rather, students must take the initiative to inquire about missed assignments and complete the required work in order to receive credit for missed assignments. Whenever you are aware of an upcoming absence, it is advisable to ask for assignments in advance. In the event that a student has an absence or tardy on the day of an in-class summative or formative assessment, the assessment will be administered on WEDNESDAY afternoons ONLY from 3:30-4:00 in room 1119. Tutoring is also available at that time. The door will be locked at 3:40 and no student will be admitted for a make-up assessment at that time. If you fail to make up the assessment on a Wednesday afternoon after school, the student will receive an “F” for that assessment. The last Wednesday for make-up assessments will be announced in advance and is approximately two weeks before the end of a quarter. After that time has passed, no more opportunities will be given to make-up missed assessments. If you are absent from class and need to complete an assessment, please plan your personal schedules, including after- school sports and activities, accordingly to make up that assessment in a timely manner. If you participate in various after-school activities, it is up to you to maintain your eligibility. For eligibility questions, please contact the athletics director.
Hall Passes / Restroom Visits Students will be issued hall passes/restroom passes at the teacher’s discretion. Abuse of hall passes/restroom passes will result in students no longer being issued hall passes/restroom passes. School appointments of any kind will not be granted during class time. Please schedule your guidance and other office visits during your off periods, lunch, or before/after school.
Food and Gum Please refrain from bringing food inside the classroom. Make sure to eat and drink BEFORE you enter the classroom. However, water in a plastic bottle is allowed. Absolutely no cafeteria visits will be tolerated during class time. If you have already purchased a drink or have leftover food from lunch, you will be asked to leave them outside the classroom. Please do not chew gum in class as it will be difficult to speak and understand a new language.
Honor Statement My personal philosophy is one in which I feel that learning a language is frequently a cooperative endeavor. On a basic level, this is knowledge that builds bridges and is meant to be shared. We study the words and ideas of other cultures in order to engage in a dialogue with them. At times, students should take the conversation out of the classroom. By sharing their knowledge with others, everyone benefits regardless as to whether or not an individual is studying the language formally. When students take formative or summative assessments and do written assignments such as essays and reports, however, I expect them to present their own ideas on the formative or summative assessments or acknowledge any help they have received on other assignments from friends, tutors, family, as well as all written and/or electronic sources. Plagiarism and cheating are intellectual theft. Stealing is a crime. I prosecute for both to the fullest extent of the law (i.e. school/district policy).
Teacher Availability Mr. Hayenga - Tuesday Afternoons - tutoring only (3:30-4:00) Mr. Quick - Wednesday Afternoons - tutoring / make-up assessments (3:30- 4:00)
Questions? If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at school or by email. When present at school, I may take up to 24 hours to respond by email. I look forward to working with you this year!!! N.B. This syllabus may be changed as needed at the teacher’s discretion.
Success Criteria Check Reflection Write a one page reflection about the following topic … What does it bean to be a good French I student. Consider it in the context of being a T.B.I.R.D. Be sure to address the following … Thinkers Balanced Integrity Respect Determination What changes do I need to make from last year? What are my strengths?