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Français III, IB III & IV

Madame Kinsel
Voicemail: 360/596-8248

Bonjour and welcome back to Français III and IV! 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
During this third-year and fourth-year course, you will continue building on your first two years of study to begin thinking more in French. The focus will remain somewhat on self-expression – communicating about yourself, the people around you and your daily life – but your expression will continue to become richer and more complex. You will begin to push beyond using the language simply as a means of exchanging information and start to use it to also share and discuss ideas. Your range of language, primarily in terms of tense, will be significantly expanded. For IB students, this course will also prepare you for IB French IV, as well as introducing you to the expectations of the IB exam.

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: Rouge. Students may leave their textbook at home because a classroom set is available. I strongly encourage you to purchase a French/English dictionary that you can bring to class.

Student Performance Goals
My goals for students in French III and those taking the class for IB credit are essentially the same: you will continue developing your skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening in both formal and less formal, spontaneous situations. You will learn to express yourself more precisely as you review and refine your use of past and present tenses, as well as learn the future, subjunctive and conditional tenses. IB and fourth-year students, however, will be expected to complete a more rigorous workload and, at times, differentiated or extended assignments.

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 both teacher-directed and self-paced activities. 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 and in-class activities.

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 and directions for making up warm-ups 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 this course will depend primarily on your effort, engagement and desire to be challenged by your classmates, the teacher and yourself. In addition to regular attendance, I expect that you take a proactive role in your learning. This includes completing assignments, exchanging ideas openly, looking for opportunities to improve your skills and finding connections to French outside of the classroom.

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!