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French 3 Honors Pre-IB

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									French 4 AV
Français 4 AV


   I.      Course description

 Dans le cours de Français 4 AV, les apprenants ont le défi de découvrir la France pour
achever le but de communication et une sensibilité culturelle. Les régions du pays et du
monde francophone, avec leurs richesses culturelles, offrent aux apprenants une occasion
de développer et approfondir leur propre apprentissage de la langue et de la culture. La
compréhension de base des moyens linguistiques des premières années d’apprentissage
sera augmentée pour focaliser sur l’usage correct des formes grammaticales et de
vocabulaire ainsi que les expressions idiomatiques. Le cours se déroule uniquement en
français pour achever le but de compréhension orale, écrite et culturelle à un point
intermédiaire.

The French 4 AV continues to develop the communicative skills of listening, speaking,
reading, and writing through the study of the French and Francophone language and
culture. In French 4 AV, students will continue the study of France with an in-depth look
at its regions and départements and they will continue to discover the Francophone world
and its richness and diversity. The students will continue to comprehend and express their
opinions on authentically relevant documents from all realms of media. The language
component will review and build upon the grammar learned in the first three years and
emphasize the correct use of the tenses and grammatical structures.

II. Enduring Understanding

In the course of language study, the following belief is essential to the understanding of
language learning: language and culture are inseparable.

In French 4 AV, the following essential questions are developed in depth:
     How can I express myself with others in French?
     How can I develop my understanding of the nature of language?
     How can I develop my understanding and appreciation of the Francophone world?
     Are words alone sufficient for communication? How do I become culturally
       sensitive to others?
     How does studying another culture make us understand and appreciate our own?
     What roles do language and culture play in shaping society?

       How has colonization by the French affected the cultures of Francophone world?
III. Course Objectives

   In French 4 AV, the students will be able to comprehend authentic listening samples
and reading samples. They will also be able to discuss and be understood in basic
conversations and writings. They will work to expound on the basics of communication
to be understood and to express themselves at a higher level of competency.


IV. Course Content

    A variety of themes will be developed and discussed. These may include, but are not
limited to:

          Séjour en France: discussing stays at hotels and how to manage one’s stay
          La forme et la santé: discussing medical problems, preparing for a doctor’s
           visit
          En ville: how to make a meeting in town; how to explain where one lives
          Les relations personnelles: talking about friends and personal relations; the
           phases of life
          Vers la vie active: discussing plans after school and the entry into the work
           world
          The world of the arts
          Great moments in the history of France
          The music of the Francophone world
          The French people today
          The French Antilles
          Africa and the Francophone community
          France and the New World




V. Grammar and structures


          A complete review of previously learned tenses
          A complete review of previously learned structures
          The comparative and the superlative
          The interrogative pronoun lequel
          The demonstrative pronoun celui
          The possessive pronoun le mien, etc
          The plus-que-parfait
         Conditional sentences (si clauses)
         The relative pronouns : qui, que, dont, ce qui, ce que, ce dont
         The construction of the preposition and the infinitive
         The past infinitive
         The present participle



VI. Suggested readings

       The following readings are suggested for French 4 AV.

       Le Bracelet (M. Maurois)
       Le Portrait (Thériault)
       La Fourmi (Desnos)
       Pour faire le portrait d’un oiseau (Prévert)
       Le corbeau et le renard (La Fontaine)
       Mon pays (Vigneault)
       Appel du 18 juin 1940 (Charles de Gaulle)
       Liberté (Paul Eluard)
       Pour saluer le Tiers-Monde (Aimé Césaire)
       Pour Haiti (R. Depestre)
       La gélinotte et la tortue (une fable africaine)
       Afrique (D. Diop)
       La légende baoulé (B. Dadié)
       Lettre à Madame de La Fayette
       Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)
       Various selections from the French and Francophone Media

VII. Suggested films

               A variety of authentic films will be used to support the themes.




VIII. Suggested texts and resources

                Discovering French Nouveau Rouge, Valette and Valette, 2004 edition
                 McDougall
                TV5 (www.tv5.org)
                Radio France Internationale (www.rfi.fr)
                www.lepointdufle.net (activities based on the European Portfolio)
IX. Suggested teaching strategies and activities

   1. Interactive orals (group oral activities)
   2. Multimedia projects
   3. writing tasks: a brochure, a diary entry, a news article, a speech, an
      Editorial
   4. discrete point formative and summative assessments to assess
      Grammar, structure and vocabulary


X. Methods of evaluation and testing

   1. performance on the interactive orals
   2. performance on the individual presentation
   3. performance on an OPI (oral proficiency interview)
   4. role plays
   5. writing tasks
   6. summative discrete point assessments

								
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