Cours de langue française (French Language classes)
In the 21st Century, success will come to those with the greatest understanding of their world. North High’s World Language Department offers three languages to give young Vikings the edge. French studies teach non-native speakers to communicate by speaking, writing, and reading in the target languages. Students will be exposed to cultures which represent a large part of the world. World Language classes prepare Vikings for careers in every field and for entrance to universities across the nation. Student clubs offer additional activities and experiences in the student’s chosen language. Advanced placement tests in French can earn college credit. At least two years of world language is required for 4 year universities, but three years is recommended.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the French language and the culture of some French speaking nations. The four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing will be introduced. Communication in French will be stressed. Oral production will consist of isolated words and learned phrases within very predictable areas of need. Vocabulary is sufficient only for handling simple, elementary needs and expressing basic courtesies. Utterances rarely consist of more than two or three words and show frequent long pauses and repetition of interlocutor’s words. Speaker may have some difficulty producing even the simplest utterances. Some speakers will be understood only with great difficulty.
This is an intermediate course for the student who has completed one year of high school French. Activities will focus on reinforcing the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The student will be able to satisfy partially the requirements of basic communicative exchanges by relying heavily on learned utterances but occasionally expanding these through simple recombination of their elements. Students will be able to ask questions or make statements involving learned material. Students will show signs of spontaneity although this falls short of real autonomy of expression. Speed continues to consist of learned utterances rather than of personalized situationally adapted ones. Vocabulary centers on areas such as basic objects, places, and most common kinship terms. Pronunciation may still be strongly influenced by first language. Errors are frequent and, in spite of repetition, some speakers will have difficulty being understood even by sympathetic interlocutors.
Prerequisite: French I
This is an intermediate course for the student who has completed two years of high school French. Activities will focus on reinforcing the four major language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The intermediate level is characterized by the speaker’s ability to: create with the language by combining and recombining learned elements, though primarily in a reactive mode; initiate, minimally sustain, and close in a simple way basic communicative tasks; and ask and answer questions. The student will be able to handle successfully a limited number of interactive, task-oriented and social situations. He/she can ask and answer questions, initiate and respond to simple statements and maintain face-to-face conversation, although in a highly restricted manner and with much linguistic inaccuracy. Within these limitations, the student can perform such tasks as introducing self, ordering a meal, asking directions, and making purchases. Vocabulary is adequate to express only the most elementary needs. Strong interference from native language may occur. Misunderstandings frequently arise, but with repetition, the speaker can generally be understood by sympathetic interlocutors.
Prerequisite: French II
This is an advanced course for the student who has completed three years of high school French. Activities will focus on reinforcing the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The student will be able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated, basic and communication tasks and social situations, and can talk simply about self and family members. He/she can ask and answer questions and
participate in simple conversations on topics beyond the most immediate needs; e.g., personal history and leisure time activities. Utterance length increases slightly, but speech may continue to be characterized by frequent long pauses, since the smooth incorporation of even basic conversational strategies if often hindered as the speaker struggles to create appropriate language forms. Pronunciation may continue to be strongly influenced by first language and fluency may still be strained. Although misunderstandings still arise, the speaker can generally be understood by sympathetic interlocutors.
Prerequisite: French III
Resources for French Students.
- WordReference.com Translator dictionary.
- Lawlessfrench.com French lessons with English explanations and examples.
- laits.utexas.edu Another French info site with good explanations and examples
- cnrtl.fr/definition/ For very advanced French Students who need a monolingual dictionary
- linguee.fr/ Seeing how other people have translated various phrases in English and French
- www.newsinslowfrench.com The news, in French, but spoken slowly, with transcripts so you can read along. Some content is free, for most of the site you have to pay.
- http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/index.html Helpful tools to look help with conjugation.
- http://go.hrw.com/gopages/wl-fr.html – Text book resources