This class builds on the knowledge gained in French I. The emphasis continues to be on spoken French. Most directions and communication in the classroom will be delivered in French. To enhance understanding of French culture, students will complete several research projects. For example, students will present a French Fashion Show in which they dress, rehearse, and produce a fashion show while researching designers and the history of fashion in France. Other research projects may include choosing from French history a famous writer, political/historical figure, artist, scientist, etc. and presenting a paper to the class about their topic.
In French II, students have continued to build on grammar, vocabulary, and conversational skills, which they began in French I. With the emphasis still on spoken French, students have expanded on their understanding of grammar, including present and past tenses, pronouns, how to form negative sentences and how to ask questions. They continue to write and have regular dictation practice to improve the transfer from hearing spoken French to writing it. Additionally, students have also been composing their own dialogues and present them to the class each week.
The students completed a French Fashion Show in which they dressed, rehearsed, and produced a fashion show while researching designers and the history of fashion in France. They worked diligently in preparation for this.
Communication in the Classroom is Delivered in French
The class continues to be exposed to a progressively immersive program. Less and less English has been spoken in class as the student comfort level grows. We have also employed the services of a new French professor who is a native speaker from Switzerland so that the students can benefit from the lyrical quality, intonation and pronunciation of French as spoken in Switzerland. Our hope is to bring additional speakers in from other French-speaking parts of the world so that the students can begin to recognize subtle and not so subtle changes in dialect, phrases and vocabulary.
We have begun to study themes that the students are interested in to increase their vocabulary. They have worked through a unit learning vocabulary about the beach. They are also learning favorite food items to work into a lesson on ordering from a French menu. They have had a typical French breakfast consisting of croissants, cheese, juice, jam and madeleines to expose them to differences in diet and tastes.
The class has also spoken about causes popular with young celebrities in France. They watched a French music video, which was produced to bring attention and to raise funds to help bring clean drinking water to sun-parched areas in Africa. We will be exposing the class to current events in France and in the United States to illustrate points of view on subjects which may be alike and some may be different. We will be reviewing some French political cartoons so that we can get an idea about how they feel about our upcoming presidential elections.
Students continue to build a deeper understanding of the French language and a growing appreciation of the French culture. There has been resistance to the immersive language so the instructors have tried to balance the immersion with the expressed need for clarification. To enhance understanding of French culture, students will continue engaging in research projects.
French II continues to develop basic concepts in French language and culture including French vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and sentence structure. Students will continue to develop their understanding and use of French while focusing on oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The importance of communication and cultural awareness is stressed through a wide variety of activities (group/pair work, video, computer assignments, etc.). This course is designed for students who have successfully completed one year of French language.
TEACHER: Marie Badarani
Voyagers’ Community School 215 Broad Street Eatontown, NJ 07724
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