French Courses

French I is an integrated approach to language learning, which includes the study of grammar. It is recommended for those with strong language skills, that is, for those with grades of B- or higher in their English courses.

A “C-“ average at the end of the year in a World Language course, unless otherwise stated, indicates that the student may advance to the next year of language study, however, teachers in the World Language Department will make their level recommendations based on departmental grade average guidelines as well as demonstrated skill development.


FRENCH I 510 (non-leveled)

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous
Prerequisite: None

French I begins by immediately introducing the student to conversational skills used in greeting people, making introductions, talking about family and friends, and ordering in a cafe’. The student is introduced to the basic structures of the French language. Emphasis is on asking and answering questions in French. The themes of this course are daily activities, leisure pastimes, getting around town, and shopping for clothes. The cultural focus is Paris and the richness of the French speaking world. Integrated audio and video programs help the students to learn correct pronunciation and practice listening and speaking.

FRENCH II H 511

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: B- or higher in French I (non-leveled)

French II H begins with more challenging communicative skills: narrating past events orally and in writing, describing daily activities in more detail, engaging in longer communicative exchanges, reading a wide variety of texts and stories. The themes of this course are weekend activities and entertainment, public transportation, food and meals, eating out, sports and health, clothes and fashion, and the home. The cultural focus is France and the richness of the French-speaking world. Integrated audio and video programs help the students to improve pronunciation, listening and speaking. This course is taught at an accelerated pace.

FRENCH II AE 512

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in French I (non-leveled)

French II AE begins with a brief period of review of the basic communicative structures and thematic vocabulary of French I, before beginning more challenging communicative skills: narrating past events orally and in writing, describing daily activities in more detail, engaging in longer communicative exchanges, reading a wide variety of texts and stories. The themes of this course are weekend activities and entertainment, public transportation, food and meals, eating out, sports and health, and the home. The cultural focus is France and the richness of the French-speaking world. Integrated audio and video programs help the students to improve pronunciation, listening, and speaking. This course is taught at a moderate pace.

FRENCH II CP 513

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in French I (non-leveled)

French II CP begins with a of review of the basic communicative structures and thematic vocabulary of French I, before beginning more challenging communicative skills: narrating past events orally and in writing, describing daily activities in more detail, engaging in longer communicative exchanges, reading a wide variety of texts and stories. The themes of this course are weekend activities and entertainment, public transportation, food and meals, eating out, sports and health, and the home. The cultural focus is France and the richness of the French-speaking world. Integrated audio and video programs help the students to improve pronunciation, listening, and speaking. This course is taught at a pace that allows time for the development of fundamental skills.

FRENCH III H 521

Grades: 10-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in French II H

French III H is taught at an accelerated pace and challenging level. Students will have opportunities to use language in practical situations, such as traveling abroad, shopping, and making hotel reservations. Linguistic structures will be used in speaking, written translations, and writing activities. Comprehension skills will be developed through the reading of poems and short stories. Students will develop their listening comprehension skills through a coordinated audio program. Internet-based research, analysis of literature and film, and individual and group projects will enable students to deepen their understanding of the history, art, music, and contemporary culture of the Francophone world.

FRENCH III AE/IV CP 522 (AE), 533 (CP)

Grades: 10-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in French II AE or H for III AE
C- or higher in French III for IV CP

French III AE/IV CP begins with a brief period of review to reacquaint students with material studied the previous year. Students will have opportunities to use language in practical situations such as telephone calls, shopping, and travel abroad. They will read and speak about daily life situations such as describing oneself and others, expressing opinions, asking for help, accepting or refusing invitations, and thanking people. Linguistic structures will be used in speaking and writing activities. Comprehension skills will be developed through the reading of poems and short stories. Students will develop their listening comprehension skills through a coordinated audio program. Individual and group projects will focus on the history, art, music, and contemporary culture of the Francophone world. Audio, video, computer software programs, and a feature film are components of the course.

FRENCH III CP 523

Grades: 10-12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in French II CP

French III CP completes the curricular program beginning French II CP. After a review of the communicative structures and thematic vocabulary of French II, students begin more challenging communicative tasks: describing daily activities in more detail, discussing future events and future conditions, talking about hypothetical situations. The themes of this course are sports and health, clothes and fashion, the home, travel abroad, camping. The cultural focus is France and the richness of the French-speaking world. Integrated audio and video programs help the students to improve pronunciation, listening, and speaking. This course is taught at a pace that allows time for the development of fundamental skills.

FRENCH IV H 531

Grades: 11, 12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C-or higher in French III H

French IV H is taught at an accelerated pace and challenging level. It is designed to improve and reinforce the four basic language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Grammatical structures are reviewed at this level, and emphasis is placed upon accurately applying these structures to writing and speaking. Vocabulary development is emphasized, to be applied to both compositions and conversations. The French IV H student will further develop the reading skill by reading an authentic work as well as excerpts from French literature. The study of culture will focus upon those people, institutions, and ideas in French history that have contributed toward making France what it is today. Audio, video feature films, and computer software are used to improve communicative competence. This course is essential for those who intend to take the CEEB SAT II in French, for those who intend to continue their French studies at the college level, or for those who hope to improve their listening and speaking proficiency for career or travel.

FRENCH IV AE/V CP 532 (AE), 543 (CP)

Grades: 11, 12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in French III AE or H for IV AE
C- or higher in French IV for V CP

French IV AE/V CP completes the second half of the program begun in French III AE/IV CP. Students will continue to use language in practical situations, such as making reservations, or looking for a job. Linguistic structures will be used in speaking and writing activities. Comprehension skills will be developed through the reading of magazine articles, poems, and short stories. Students will develop their listening and speaking skills through a coordinated audio program. Individual and group projects will focus on French history. Audio, video, computer software programs, and a feature film are components of the course.

FRENCH V H/AP 541

Grade 12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: B- or higher in French IV H or at the discretion of the department head in consultation with the teacher.

French V H/AP is designed to expose students to contemporary French culture and its role in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and to prepare the students for the French Language Advanced Placement exam in May. There is a detailed review of all aspects of French grammar to ensure grammatical accuracy. There are many varied writing assignments to encourage clarity and fluidity in written expression. The students will further develop the reading skill by reading two major works of literature as well as many newspaper articles, reading comprehension passages, and readings on modern French culture. At this level, oral proficiency is a major goal. The teacher and students will use French in all situations. Students will be given the opportunity to use French in more sophisticated communicative tasks and social situations from oral reports and poetry recitation to role playing and story telling. An authentic French audio program, a video series and a feature film are designed to improve listening comprehension, to habituate the student to native speakers, and to familiarize the student with contemporary French culture. This course is significantly more demanding than French 5 AE in order to develop the skills measured on the French Language AP exam. It is also excellent preparation for those students who have not yet taken the CEEB SAT II test in French and who intend to do so.


FRENCH V AE 542 (AE)

Grade: 12 Grouping: Homogeneous
Prerequisite: C- or higher in French IV AE or H

The French V AE course departs from the basal textbook program used in French I through IV. The French V AE course is developed around themes: youth, the family, social classes/prejudice and images of contemporary France. The course uses video clips, feature films, contemporary music, audio programs, short stories, contemporary articles and speaking activities to explore these themes. The goal of the course is to improve one’s communication skills, knowledge of French culture, and listening and reading proficiency. This course is helpful for those who have not yet taken the CEEB SAT II in French and who intend to do so, for those who plan to continue their French studies at the college level and for those who aspire to improve their listening and speaking proficiency for career or travel.