French 4 • 304 • Year Long Prerequisite: French 3. is year-long course is taught in an immersive environment and focuses on the non-European francophone world. Students begin with an initial review of essential grammatical topics to bridge from an intermediate-high level of language skills toward a solid advanced-low level of skills. Students then dive into exploring trends in popular Francophone culture: rough the exploration of various musical, cinematic, and digital media, students will analyze the material for textual, historical, and cultural significance and value. Students strive to converse and express opinions exclusively in French and grow their vocabulary understanding through thematic study and task-based learning, and oral and written communication skills are held to a higher standard of accuracy in order to perfect their output. Students further develop their skills using a combination of ACTFL and CECR standards.
Honors French 4 • 309 • Year Long Prerequisite: An A- in French 3 or a B in Honors French 3, and a favorable departmental recommendation after a formal evaluation. e year-long Honors French 4 course is taught in the same classroom as French 4 — an immersive environment focused on the non-European francophone world. Honors French 4 students communicate exclusively in the target language and are expected to enter the course with at least an intermediate-high proficiency level; this honors course also expects students to be motivated to take learning into their own hands. rough the exploration of various musical, cinematic, and digital media from the vast francophone world, students will analyze the material for textual, historical, and cultural significance and value. Honors French 4 students are held to higher standards than their French 4 counterparts and should expect to complete more detailed and thorough work; students should expect extra assignments and diﬀerentiated tasks aimed at pushing their skills further than those of the non-honors students. Students further develop their skills using a combination of ACTFL and CECR standards and are assessed in the intermediate-high to advance-low skill range.
French 5 • 305 • Year Long Prerequisite: French 4. e year-long French 5 course explores the French-speaking world through exposure to and analysis of current events as seen through the lens of French media, and French 5 students use their language skills to communicate exclusively in the target language. Grammatical topics aimed to refine expression in French are introduced throughout the course. Demonstrated skill in prerequisite courses is necessary for students to enter this course prepared to learn at the advanced proficiency level, as this course expects students to be motivated to take learning into their own hands. From seminars to student-lead analysis of course content, the goal of the coursework is aimed at advancing expression in and understanding of authentic French through exposure to news, current publications, and recently released literature and film. rough deepening their understanding of current French culture, analyzing relevant historical events, and comparing the French experience with their own, students will leave this course with a strong understanding of the French society and its role in the global experience. Students further develop their skills using a combination of ACTFL and CECR standards.
Academic Course Guide 2019/2020
An annual description of the school year's academic course offerings.