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									                               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

Teacher:            Whitney Elliott
                    Teacher Contact Information:
                    Office location: Roger’s Hall 207
                    Telephone: 905 727 3178 x447
                    Teacher web site:

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
                 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
               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:
            Also, students should make every attempt to notify the teacher prior to an

            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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