High school French will be taught with the same book from last year, ” French Now!” by Barron’s Publishing. We will also use FluentU, during the second semester, with a $15 fee.
Over the course of both semesters, French 1 will cover Units 1- 15, focusing on the present tense only.
The class is open to beginners- but they will need discipline, especially during the first few months, to dive in. It is equivalent to 1 credit of French.
For younger high schoolers who are not ready for a lot of homework, and have time left to accumulate language credits, I recommend they take the Junior French class.
Every Monday, an voicemail will be due.
For every odd numbered week, (first week of class, third week of class, etc.), we will spend the class learning grammar(Part 1) and vocabulary (Part 2), working through the beginning of exercises together. For every even numbered week, we will review the unit through Parts 3-6.
FOR ALL CLASSES IN FRENCH:
5) 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.