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Course Syllabus




Bienvenue à la classe de français!

Curriculum:  Discovering French Blanc, by Jean-Paul and Rebecca M. Valette, McDougal Littell, 2004.  During the frist semester, we will be working on Units 5-7.  During the second semester, we will finish the text by completing Units 8 and 9.  We will also read the classic French novel, Le Petit Prince by Antoine de St. Exupéry in its original version.

Homework:  Students have regular, short assignments in their workbooks.  Students who are attentive in class will find that the assignments are simple and quick to complete.  They are always carefully integrated with the lesson and designed to provide practice.  Assignments must be completed on time in order to receive credit.  Workbook assignments are typically worth one point.

Testing:  Each unit contains four lesson quizzes (20 points each) and one major test (100 points.   These tests are designed to assess progress in listening, reading and writing in French.  One quiz score is usually dropped from the student's average each quarter.  The dropped score can be the student's lowest score or the one missed due to absence for any reason.  Students therefore do not make up missed quizzes, unless they miss more than one during the quarter.  If this happens, the first missed quiz will drop and any others will be made up.  This is to simplify the problem of make-up work, especially because each test includes a listening component which has to be administered in the French classroom.  The unit tests are a more important assessment and cannot be dropped.

Grading:  The grade is based on a percentage of points earned, following the scale approved by the high school. 

Extra Credit:  Extra points are occasionally available as prizes in a review game.  For the most part, extra credit does not exist.

Bring to class:  textbook, workbook, notebook for note-taking (absolutely essential), pen or pencil, good attitude, sense of humor!

Tips for success:         1.  Pay attention in class.

                                        2.  Do assignments carefully and on time.

                                        3.  Review regularly (5 minutes a day!), not just before the test.

Special Events and Projects:           1.  Annual French Camp weekend, to be determined.

                                                                2.  Annual Fundraiser in September.

                                                                3.  Café Mardi Gras, after school on Mardi Gras 

                                                                4.  Correspondence with French pen pals.

                                                                5.  Trip to France in June '14 -- Registration is open until                                                                               October 15.

                                                                6.  Participation in A Vous la Parole at the University of                                                                                  Minnesota in April.

                                                                7.  Other field trips for enrichment as opportunities arise.