East Mecklenburg High School
FRENCH 3 IBMYP and HONORS GUIDELINES
Instructor: Mrs. Diane Smith, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, website:
Course Description and Objectives:
Level III of French further develops the modes of communication introduced in levels I and II.
French art,music, history and environmental issues are among the cultural themes studied.
Classes are conducted in the target language. Students will be expected to identify main ideas
and significant details in discussions, presentations, and written texts and interpret authentic
materials. Students are introduced to brief literary works. According to the National Standards
communication in a foreign language occurs in the three modes of communication:
Interpersonal, Interpretive, and presentational. Interpersonal means person-to-person
communication. Interpretive means listening and reading. Presentational means speaking and
writing. These modes form the basis for activities where the student has the opportunity to
demonstrate what they can do with the language. The curriculum is organized in thematic units
where activities are in the three modes of communication. Proficiency assessment is the focus of
all units of study. (See my website for more information on the essential standards).
Provided by the school: Discovering French Rouge and 2 non-consumable workbooks.
Every student is expected to bring to class everyday a large 3-ring binder with 5 dividers,
notebook paper, their two workbooks, a spiral journal pencil and pen.
Highly recommended materials for home use: French-English/English-French dictionary and
Barron’s, 501 Verbs.
Access to a computer, printer, the internet, printer and a USB are extremely helpful for
Evaluation: Grades are updated weekly on Parent Assist. Progress reports are sent home
monthly for signature.
Student’s letter grades will follow the CMS scale:
93-100= A 85-92= B 77-84= C 70-76= D below 69= F
Grade Categories and percentage of overall grade per marking period:
*Tests (30%): Unit tests, oral and written projects,
*Quizzes (30%) Vocabulary and grammar, notebook, and participation
*Class work (20%) In-class writing and listening assignments, workbook,
worksheets, and participation.
*Homework (20%) all assignments are graded
Do not expect extra credit assignments.
Participation: Students receive a participation grade. Language proficiency is scaled by what
students can do with their language. In order to achieve the course’s objectives students are
expected to use French as much as possible during the class period. Their participation grade is
assessed by the use of French with their conversation partners, their preparedness, performance
and attentiveness during the class period. Engaging in constant side conversations in English
with classmates, sleeping and inattentiveness negatively impact their grade and hinder progress
in foreign language study.
Homework Policy: Please check website for weekly posting
Homework is assigned on a nightly basis. Consistent homework completion is very important to
the learning of a foreign language and nightly oral review of vocabulary is extremely helpful.
The willingness to practice, repeat and review areas makes a huge difference in gaining language
proficiency. All homework is due upon entering the classroom. Students are expected to record
their homework in an agenda everyday.
Late work Policy:
All work is due on the due date upon entering the classroom. Late work will be accepted until the
beginning of the next class period day and will receive 50% credit. Students can earn free-late
homework passes, which can be used to turn in with an assignment on the next class day without
penalty. Otherwise, no credit will be given after the second day. Projects must be turned in on
due date even if a student goes to lockout. Otherwise there is a 20% penalty for each school day
Making Up Work after an absence:
A. Regular work: Each student is responsible for consulting the whiteboard in class as well as
speaking with the teacher to obtain missed assignments and checking the website. Upon return to
class the student will have one 5 days to make up all work and missed tests.
B. Tests and Quizzes: The student is expected to speak with me when they return to school to
review for the test and set a date to make up the test after school. The student will be expected to
take the test or quiz within 5 days unless otherwise pre-arranged.
Each student is required to keep a notebook just for French with the following 5 sections
separated by 5 labeled dividers. This notebook is used as a valuable reference tool throughout the
year. Other classes’ papers may not be stored in the French notebook.
1. Course Guidelines, instructions and rubrics for special assignments.
2. All grammar notes, verb charts and handouts given in class.
3. Vocabulary: lists with definitions in the order assigned. (Some lists are also done in
4. Worksheets and other written assignments
5. Study guides, tests and quizzes in order
Notebooks are collected near the end of each unit and are graded for completeness and neatness.
The Notebook receives a quiz grade.
School-wide rules are explained in the East Mecklenburg High Student Handbook. Students are
expected to follow the CMS rules of conduct as well as the established classroom procedures.
Failure to adhere to appropriate conduct or procedures will result in such consequences as
participation grade penalties, parental contact, detention and referral as necessary. Our classroom
rules are: Be punctual to and prepared to work in class, hand in completed work on time, respect
the learning and points of view of others, enjoy learning and practice your target language and its
culture. Please no gum chewing or drinks. Cell phones must be off and in backpacks during
class. Detentions are issued for failure to comply with teacher’s requests, disruptive behavior,
sleeping, and chronic lack of supplies. Detentions must be served within 5 days or a referral will
Please avoid the use of on-line translators for the automatic translation of full sentences
and paragraphs for any assignments. Avoid academic dishonesty in the form of copying
assignments or homework from others, plagiarism, giving assistance on tests, or stealing
answer- keys. Parents and vice-principals will be notified and students will receive a
zero for that assignment.
Office Hours: I am available Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2:15-3:00 for tutoring and
test make-up. I encourage students to come see me for help after school until 2:30 other days.
Parents should feel invited to call or email me with questions and concerns regarding your
student’s progress or assignments.
PLEASE SIGN BELOW INDICATING THAT YOU HAVE READ AND REVIEWED
TOGETHER THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS COURSE AND RETURN THE LOWER
PORTION TO MADAME SMITH BY THE END OF THE WEEK.
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