AP French language Syllabus Course Overview Primary text: Sur le vif ( 3rd edition) Hannelore Jarausch, Clare Tufts Primary workbook: Sur le vif (3rd edition), Hannelore Jarausch, Clare Tufts Une fois pour toutes (2nd edition)(Une revision grammaticale) Hale Sturges II, Linda Cregg Nielsen, Henry L. Herbst Additional resources: AP French (2nd edition) Richard Ladd, Colette Girard French Verbs review and practice – David Stillman, Ronni Gordon French-English/English-French dictionary (Harper-Collins-Robert or Larousse recommended, size compact or concise) Sur le vif Companion Website: http://slv.heinle.com/ General course information and Objectives: The primary objective of AP French Language is to enable students to communicate in oral and written French in both formal and informal situations, while gaining a further appreciation of Francophone cultures. By the end of the second semester, students should be able to exercise the following skills: • Listening: understand and interpret the main ideas of increasingly longer stretches of speech with different accents, utilize context clues to piece together non- comprehended information. • Speaking: initiate a general conversation by means of asking questions; paraphrase what somebody else has said; begin to sustain conversation by utilizing effective communicative strategies; use increasingly precise vocabulary words; describe things and people; narrate experiences or events in various tense and mood; exchange opinions on cultural topics. • Reading: read a variety of authentic materials. • Writing: provide written responses to assigned questions; increase precision in the expression of ideas; describe or narrate ideas in extended informal writing; prepare a composition with a clear organization of topic sentences. • Culture: gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for French peoples and cultures. Course planner: (subject to change) Time frame: Class work Assessments Week 1 Syllabus et introduction Subscribe to a Discuss the practice Strategies in French order to develop reading and magazine or listening comprehension, writing make a list of and speaking skills. French Websites which develop Song: Les champs Elysées listening and reading skills Learn to keep a journal in French Weeks 2, 3, & 4 Prelude: Le français dans le monde Speaking: + picture story Chapitre 1 – Les études and discussions Verb review: payer, s’ennuier related to the Present de l’Indicatif topics SLV Infinitives Composition 1 Fill-ins (words/verbs) Listening: GPN Extra- French Dictée Episodes 1&2 Reading: Le petit Prince Weeks 5, 6, & 7 Chapitre 1 – Les études Imperatives Picture story & Faire causatif Discussions Composition 2 Fill-ins Dictée Reading: Le petit Prince Film: Les Choristes Write a summary of Synopse; historical overview the movie and Answer to questions following the movie preparing for a discussion Weeks 8, 9 & 10 Chapitre 2 - Les jeunes Picture story, Verb review: décrire, s’asseior questions, & Descriptive adjectives Discussions (SLV) Comparative and Superlative of Composition 3 adjectives Fill-ins (AP) Interrogatives Reading: Le petit Tout; C’est vs. Il est Prince Dictée Lessening Listening: GPN Extra- French rejoinders(AP) Episodes 3&4 Weeks 11, 12, 13, Chapitre 3 – Les immigrés Picture story, &14 Verb review: accueillir, mourir questions, & Passé Composé Discussions (SLV) Imperfect Compositions 4&5 Passé compose vs. Imparfait Fill-ins (AP) Pluperfect Reading: Le petit Past Infinitive Prince Le mot juste: manquer à, render, Dictée partir, sortir, quitter Lessening Listening: GPN Extra- French rejoinders (AP) Episodes 5&6 Speaking: Poem: Déjeuner du matin Weeks 15 Interlude 1 “Je crois que ça ne va pas Song: La vie en être possible” Rose Poem: Prévert Weeks 16, 17,18,&19 Chapitre 4 – En route Picture story, Verb review: conduire, mettre questions, & Articles Discussions (SLV) Object pronouns, y, and, en Compositions 6&7 Order of pronouns Fill-ins (AP) Disjunctive pronouns Reading: Le petit Le mot juste: se moquer de Prince Listening: GPN Extra- French Dictée Episodes 7&8 Lessening rejoinders (AP) Week 21 Révision Review packet Midterm exam - AP French Language Exam 2003 End of the first semester Weeks 22, 23 & 24 Chapitre 5 – Les voyages Picture story, Verb review: verbs in – ger; prendre; questions, & découvrir Discussions (SLV) Prepositions with geographical names Composition 7 Future tense and Conditional forms Fill-in (AP) Future perfect and past conditional Reading: AP texts If- clauses Dictée Passé Simple and Passé antérieur Lessening Listening: GPN Extra- French dialogues (AP) Episodes 9&10 Weeks 25, 26, & 27 Chapitre 6 – Ciné et télé Picture story, Verb review: préférer, projeter questions, & Negative expressions Discussions (SLV) Relative pronouns Composition 8 Le mot juste: il s’agit de Fill-ins (AP) Reading: French Listening: GPN Extra- French Magazines Episodes 10&11 Dictée Lessening dialogues (AP) Week 28, 29, & 30 Interlude 2 “France Télécom” Picture story, Poem de Jacques Prévert questions, & Chapitre 7 – Traditions Discussions (SLV) Verb review: croire Composition 9 What is subjunctive? Fill-in (AP) Formation of the subjunctive Reading: French Usage of Subjunctive Magazine Dictée Listening: Clementine Episode 1&2 Lessening Champs-Elysées dialogues (AP) Week 31 & 32 Chapitre 8 - En famille Picture story, Verb review: vivre, venir questions, & Adverbs Discussions (SLV) Comparison of adverbs Composition 2 Demonstrative pronouns Fill-in (AP) Le mot juste: plaire à Reading: Le petit Prince Listening: Clementine Episode 2&3 Dictée Champs-Elysées Lessening rejoinders/ dialogues (AP) Week 33 & 34 Chapitre 9 – Sans frontiers Picture story, Verb review: vaincre, convaincre questions, & What is function? Discussions (SLV) Requesting information Composition 2 Hypothesizing Fill-in (AP) Describing Reading: Le petit Expression of opinion or reaction Prince Disagreeing Dictée Narrating Lessening rejoinders/ Listening: Clementine Episode 4&5 dialogues (AP) Champs-Elysées Week 35 Révision Review packet AP French Language Exam For the rest of the school year Weeks 37 and 38 students watch the movie: Uranius (un film de Claude Berri) Write a summary of and do some projects related to the the movie and Answer movie. to questions following the movie preparing for a discussion FINAL GRADE COMPOSITION: Grades: In class-Oral/Written Participation 40% 90% - 100% A Homework 35% 80% - 89% B Chapter tests 15% 70% - 79% C Final Examination: 10% >60% F Course Guidelines for participation: Because the goal of this course is to allow you to communicate in French, we will speak French bell to bell. To enhance listening comprehension I will communicate with you during class and out of class in French including while I explain French grammar. To enhance your speaking skills, I expect you to communicate with your classmates and with me ONLY in French. If you speak English (even by “accident”), I will subtract points from your participation points and warn you. Speaking only in French can be challenging but it is so much fun and at the end of each class you will be noticing improvement of your ability to express yourself in French. Practice Strategies: Listening comprehension: Students will listen to French songs at school and at home. They will try to write down he words they hear and look up. French music is also available on the Internet. Lyrics of the songs of Céline Dion, Adamo, Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf and Dalida are available online. Spending ten minutes a day listening to French songs trying to understand will definitely improve students listening skills. In this course students will listen to some of the released AP Listening Rejoinders and Dialogues available. French Films are also very helpful listening tools and are widely available in video stores. While listening students can’t expect to understand every single word but the general meaning. Reading comprehension: Students will be able to read a variety of reading materials. Reading newspaper and magazine articles will help them to develop rich vocabulary. They will also read literary texts to gain an understanding of different registers of language such as formal/informal, colloquial, and literary/familial. Reading novels, short stories in their original form will help students acquire a better understanding of the French culture. Students will be encouraged to guess the meaning of the words they don’t understand in the context and use a dictionary only for verification. Writing skills: Students will write a composition in French approximately every two weeks. They will be encouraged to show precision and variety in the choice of vocabulary and verb tenses and never to translate from English. Pear-editing and self-editing will be practiced, along with varied group activities as “musical chairs”, describe an object, create a poem, write post cards to each other and always brainstorm to respond to a topic with as many ideas as possible. Students will first try to understand various topics given at the AP exam previous years, working with partners in order to translate them. Then they will organize their ideas, vocabulary and work on the grammar and syntax. The ultimate goal will be to build fluency and ease of expression. Speaking: Students should be motivated to use the language whenever possible: in class, with friends who take French, if possible with native speakers. They will memorize poems, to improve their pronunciation, and intonation. Various pronunciation exercises will be done every day in class. It is important for the students to understand that learning any language is an on-going process that requires continual study and practice and Mistakes are a normal part of the learning process and students should expect to self-correct or to be corrected. Active participation is required to learn and students will be given points based on participation. Web Sites: http://www.publicis.fr/corporate/fr Listen to a daily news summary on France Info. http://www.matin.qc.ca/ For the news from Canada, read Matinternet. http://www.meteo.fr/ Check the weather today at Meteo France. (French/English) http://www.paris-menus.com/: When you’re in Paris, go to this site to help you decide where to eat! You will find descriptions of various restaurants, as well as menus from many of them. http://www.sncf.fr/index.htm: The train is one of the most convenient ways to travel through France. At the official site of the French rail service, called the SNCF, you get train schedules, make your reservations and purchase tickets for everything from local trains to the TGV. http://quotidien.nouvelobs.com/: The web site for the daily newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur, allows you to read today’s edition. http://www.allocine.fr/: Le Web des spectateurs du cinéma provides information about films, locations, and time. http://www.immersion-francaise.com/: This web site offers to facilitate French study abroad through immersion programs. Its programs include staying with a local family and either working on a farm or attending a specially designed group program for a limited period. http://www.routard.com/: A very "hippie," disorganized web site that offers help to people traveling all over the world who have specific needs, budgets, and life styles. It offers guide books, leaders, charter travel, and a forum for discussing trips. http://sports.francetv.fr/: This home page of the French TV sports channel (France 3) provides updates on all current sporting events.