Junior high French will be taught with the same book from last year, “ 5-Minute French” by Berlitz, along with the free app, Duolingo, which will require access to a computer, tablet, or smart phone.
This class is intended for students who can write and read short sentences comfortably. Students from last year “really loved”this book, despite its intensity.
Every Monday, an voicemail will be due.
FOR ALL CLASSES IN FRENCH:
1) These books come with an audio portion.
Last year, students tended to avoid the audio portion- but it is essential. Some parents from last year were taken aback by the speed of the voices, and last year’s students found the audio portion to be.. boring. I agree. Nonetheless, as we only meet 30 times in the whole year, I believe it crucial for children to have regular, (almost) daily exposure to hearing French, especially French that covers the material at hand. If you have a problem playing the CD at home or in your, I will have all the audio available in mp3 format for you to download. Keep in mind, the primary goal of listening activity is not full or even moderate comprehension. The brain does many things of which we’re conscious, and many of which we’re not.
2) Some parental involvement will be required- students will receive a small syllabus at the beginning of the year which will list ALL graded work. As they complete it, I ask each parents to check that their work is done, and initial each item.