St. Andrew’s College Department of Modern Languages Course Information for Students Grade 6 Core French 2011-2012 Credit Value: 1.0 Prerequisites: permission of the department. Recommended none Preparation: Teacher: Whitney Elliott Teacher Contact Information: Office location: Roger’s Hall 207 Telephone: 905 727 3178 x447 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Teacher web site: http://kilby.sac.on.ca/faculty/welliott Text: No text required for this course Rationale: This course emphasizes the development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills in French. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as numbers, at home, making friends, and shopping. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities. Topics: Unit Title Content Number of Hours Unit 1 Meeting People meeting people, greeting 20 people, describing people, counting 0-100, family, age, date, days of week Unit 2 La vie courante ordering in a restaurant, 20 asking and offering, time, weather, date Unit 3 Qu’est-ce qu-on fait? describing daily activities, 20 verb etre, faire expressions, question words, yes/no questions, expressing doubt, regret, surprise Unit 4 Le monde personnel et adjectives, describing people, 25 familier places, possessions, attention getters, verb avoir Unit 5 En ville describing city, transportation, 25 directions, making plans, verb venir, passé compose, future Equipment: Be prepared with: pen, pencil and binder text and French verb wheel fully charged laptop headset for voice recording Software: Open Text FirstClass: course electronic conferencing and email Virtual Ink Mimio: Note taking tool. Microsoft Internet Explorer: WWW browser for access to information and databases Microsoft PowerPoint: presentation software Microsoft Office: statistical analysis and graphing with Excel, document preparation with Word Microsoft Encarta: encyclopedia, world database and electronic atlas Etudiant: grammar practice and drill Sound Recorder: record assignments One Note for notes taken in class on the computer Microsoft Photostory Rosetta Stone language software Computer malfunctions are not an excuse for late work. Regularly back up your work on Second Copy and an External Hard drive. Communication: Course Website: All homework will be updated daily on the course website. Extra-help: Available during open classroom sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Evaluation: Evaluation is based on the four Ministry of Education achievement categories of knowledge and understanding, thinking/inquiry, communication, and application/creation. A single evaluation may include one or more of the above categories. Evaluation in this course will be continuous throughout the year and will include a variety of assessment methods (e.g. assignments, projects, practical exercises, oral presentations, discussions, unit tests, special tests and an examination). The distribution of marks into a grade is based on the departmental assessment and evaluation guide for the course and will reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement where appropriate. Comments on the development of learning skills and contributions to the course will also be provided on reports. Term work will be 100% of the overall grade for the course. Speaking (oral presentations, dialogues, oral tests, discussions, debates, role plays) 25% Listening (listening tests) 25% Reading (reading responses, tests based on reading passages) 20% Writing (grammar tests, poster boards, comic strips, poems) 20% Learning Process 10% Total 100% Late Work: Guided Learning Centre policies will apply for major projects that are overdue (see Parent & Student Handbook). Departmental policy for minor assignments permits the submission of minor work until the work has been returned. All late work is subject to a 15% deduction. Final There will be a final examination consisting of written and oral Evaluation: components. Note Taking: Excellent binder / laptop organization is essential for success. Students may make use of laptops and available software, or paper and pen for note taking as they see fit. A duotang will be necessary for course handouts. Notes should be divided into Units; keep and file all tests and handouts. Classroom In order to foster the best learning environment possible, students are Guidelines: encouraged to speak French as much as possible. It is essential that they participate in all classroom activities and make the most of the opportunity provided to them. Above all, students are expected to respect one another and comport themselves in a manner befitting the classroom. On-line dictionaries will only be used to translate individual words, not phrases or complete sentences. Paper dictionaries are preferred. Steps for A/Steps for success Success: ☼ Attend Class Regularly ☼ Be On Time and Prepared For Class ☼ Respect Yourself and Others ☼ Be Responsible ☼ Be Organized ☼ Ask For Help When Needed ☼ Speak only French in class. B/ Missing Classes It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on missed work before he returns to class unless there are extenuating circumstances; he may access daily lesson plans through the faculty web pages: http://kilby.sac.on.ca/welliott Also, students should make every attempt to notify the teacher prior to an absence. C/ Homework: All incomplete class work is homework. All homework will be taken up at the beginning of each class. Parents and guardians will be contacted if homework completion is problematic. D/ Parents: Parents and Guardians should feel free to contact the teacher via email anytime throughout the school year with any concerns or questions.
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