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Français I

Madame Kinsel
Voicemail: 360/596-8248

Bonjour and welcome to Français I! Below I have outlined general expectations and policies for our French class this year. Please keep this in your notebook as a reference for the entire year.

Overview of the Subject & Content
Learning a new language is an exciting way for you to make connections between people, languages and cultures. In the real world, being multilingual is an asset. During this first-year course, the focus will be on self-expression: describing and answering questions about yourself, your friends and family and what goes on in your daily life.

Methods of Instruction
Material is normally thematically grouped and will be presented in a variety of ways. Usually it will involve some visual or physical aspect while the students are listening and hearing French. After presentation, students will practice, first as a group and then individually or with partners. Speaking and listening in the target language will be a component of every class. Reading and writing French will also be a part of weekly instruction. The textbook for the class is Discovering French: Bleu.

Student Performance Goals
During the school year, students will develop skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening in French. When students are engaged and apply themselves throughout this first-year course, they will be able to speak and write about themselves and others, including family, friends, teachers, and classmates. The student will be able to read and understand about others, including classmates and people in the textbook. Students will be able to understand the teacher speaking in French about concepts learned in class. Students will know where in the world French is spoken and they will be able to write and talk about the culture of French speaking countries and cities. They will also begin to make connections and comparisons between their own lives and those of French speakers, with an emphasis on France.

Practice is absolutely necessary for success in a world language. Homework provides essential opportunities to practice outside of the classroom. Expect frequent (3-4 times per week) homework assignments. Homework is not optional and completing it on time is important for the pace of the class. Late and incomplete assignments are not accepted.

Expect to participate in class on a daily basis in a variety of ways. Participation points are given for responding to oral and written prompts and questions and actively participating in partner and group practice. You may also earn points by bringing in realia related to France, francophone countries or the French language. You will need a spiral-bound notebook that will be used exclusively for the daily warm-ups.

Regular practice is crucial in learning a foreign language; therefore, punctuality and regular attendance are vital. Missing class will affect your learning, your language acquisition and, ultimately, your grade. If you miss a class due to an excused absence, it is your responsibility to find out what material you missed. Assignments are posted daily on the class website. You will have the same number of days as your absence to make up the missed assignment(s), and it is your responsibility to turn in the assignment by this revised due date. If you miss a test or quiz, you must make arrangements immediately to make it up before or after school.

If you know in advance that you will miss class, you should contact me before and after your absence to discuss making up missed assignments. It may not be possible to make up some work, such as participation points and in-class assignments, regardless of the reason for the absence. Your counselor and administrator will be notified if you are excessively tardy or absent.

Your semester grade will be based on homework, in-class assignments, participation, quizzes, tests, and projects. The categories of assignments included in your semester grade are weighted as follows:

  • Tests, quizzes & projects: 50%
  • Daily in-class participation & assignments: 25%
  • Homework: 25%
Grading Scale

94-100% = A

87-89% = B+

77-79% = C+

67-69% = D+

Below 60% = F

90-93% = A-

83-86% = B

73-76% = C

60-66% = D

80-82% = B-

70-72% = C-

Cheating will not be tolerated. Students who cheat will receive a zero for the assignment or test, with no chance for making up the points. Allowing someone to copy your work, whether it is a homework assignment or a test, is considered cheating. Also beware that the use of online translators may produce work that is not authentically yours and result in a loss of points.

Classroom Behavior Expectations

My expectations are simple:

  • Participate bravely.
  • Respect your classmates, your teacher and yourself.

Out of respect for our class, cell phones are strictly prohibited in class and will be turned into the office if seen and your parents will be notified. Please keep them turned off and out of sight during class time.

Failure to follow these classroom expectations may result in at least one of the following: a loss of participation points, a conference with me, a call to your counselor, a phone call home, and/or a referral to your administrator.

Success in the study of a foreign language depends primarily on your effort and desire to learn. It requires work outside of the daily classroom activities and regular attendance in class. If there is no formal homework assigned, review vocabulary or concepts or look ahead.

If you are feeling lost or confused, ask questions. My goal is to help you succeed. The earlier you get help, the easier the year will be. Talk to me before or after class, make an appointment to see me or send me an email.

Merci et je te souhaite une bonne année scolaire!