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Course Syllabus



Bienvenue à la classe de français!

Curriculum:  Bien dit! by Holt McDougal.  Our class will begin with a comprehensive review of French I material.  We will then work to complete one unit each quarter.

Homework:  Students will 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 six lesson quizzes (20 points each) and one major test (100 points.)  The 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 most tests include 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 this scale: 

93%-100%     A                             73%-76%     C

90%-92%     A-                              70%-72%     C-

87%-89%     B+                             67%-69%     D+

83%-86%     B                               63%-66%     D

80%-82%     B-                              60%-62%     D-

77%-79%     C+                             Below 60%     F

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

Bring to class:  textbook, workbook, pen or pencil, good attitude, sense of humor!

Tips for success:    

  •   Pay attention in class.
  •   Do assignments carefully and on time.
  •   Review regularly (5 minutes a day!), not just before the test.

Special Events and Projects:

  • Annual French Camp weekend
  • Annual Fundraiser, in September
  • Café Mardi Gras, after school on Mardi Gras (Bring friends!)
  • Correspondence with French pen pals
  • Trip to France in June '14 -- Registration is open until October 15. 
  • Participation in A Vous la Parole at the University of Minnesota in April.