Cours de français (the French Class)
Enseignante: Mme Luciana Jeler
Syllabus for 2014-15
My belief as an educator is that a learner does not only “take a language class”, but learns a language. It is a process: it requires continuity and commitment.
All French classes are conceived as a continuum, meaning to gradually reinforce six primary learning objectives:
- Spoken Interpersonal Communication
- Written Interpersonal Communication
- Audio, Visual, and Audiovisual Interpretive Communication
- Written and Print Interpretive Communication
- Spoken Presentational Communication
- Written Presentational Communication
Depending on the skill level of each class, assignments and activities focused on developing skills in the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational
Active negotiation of meaning among individuals through conversation (face-to-face, etc.); or through reading and writing (e.g., exchange of personal letters, or e-mails or participation in written online discussions)
Meaning construction; includes the cultural interpretation of text, movies, radio, television, and speeches (No active negotiation of meaning with another individual)
Creation of spoken or written communication prepared for an audience and rehearsed, revised or edited before presentation; one-way communication that requires interpretation by others
Starting with level 1, through level 5, there is a thematic approach of the curriculum. These broad themes may have common elements and learning involves a progressive development.
- Global Challenges
- Science and Technology
- Contemporary Life
- Personal and Public Identities
- Families and Communities
- Beauty and Aesthetics
- Les défis mondiaux
- La science et la technologie
- La vie contemporaine
- La quête de soi
- La famille et la communauté
How do we do this in practice?
Let’s take for example the use of a song video or a commercial focusing on teenagers’ interests. This authentic video will allow students to practice the 3 modes of communication around several topics:
Families and Communities
Age / Childhood and Adolescence
Friendship and Love
Beauty and Aesthetics
Ideals of Beauty
Music/ Performing arts/ Visual arts
General student expectations:
I believe we are all motivated when we take pride in what we do. Students are expected to self-assess and actively improve aspects that they realize they can do better on.
Students, ask yourselves:
- Do I participate to my best potential every day? (Am I proud of having done my best?)
- I am committed to learning French and discover cultures in and out of the class? Do I learn every day?
- Do I take risks? Do I speak and write in French as much as I can, using increasingly complex expressions? Do I speak French with my peers and with Madame, as well as out of class?
- Do I practice vocabulary and grammar on my own? Once we introduce a verb or expressions, do I use the best technique to retain this information and use it?
- Do I take good notes in an organized manner?
- Do I CORRECT my work when suggestions are made? Do I pay attention and learn from feed-back?
- Do I work thoughtfully on homework and individual assignments?
- Read directions
- Read examples BEFORE doing an activity
- Use http://www.wordreference.com/fr/ for vocabulary and verb forms
- DO NOT use Google translator or any similar devices! It’s considered cheating and there is no gain from using those.
- Punctuality: be on time!
- Send any due assignments before class!
- Computers: use them for the assigned tasks only! When we have conversations or oral quizzes, NO computers!
- Phones: They will not be used in class. I expect students to not use them on the desk, in their bags or pockets.
- Head-phones: we use head-phones with a microphone very often, if you have your one, always bring it to class!
- Absences: when one is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to use Moodle, email me or her peers and stay informed about what is done in class. Students are expected to do the homework for the days they miss. If there are 2 or more classes or a larger project missed, the student must discuss with me about any potential extension.
In my class, I personally value and encourage:
- Direct, constructive communication: when a student has needs or questions, she is welcome to discuss directly with me
- Commitment and curiosity: one can only become proficient in a foreign language by being exposed to it. I hope students use: Internet sources, movies, French movies, anything they like to incorporate in their out-of-school routine.
- Respect: for the work, for the teacher, for the classmates!
- Cultural open-mindedness: differences are normal.
Major summative assessment: projects and tests
Formative assessment and ongoing observation
At the end of a unit or major topic
Short quizzes and short recordings
Class preparation (including homework)
ü Please refer to the US student handbook: behavior rubric on page 18 for consequences and types of intervention, pink slip policy on page 21. My belief is that everyone can do the right thing and that classroom disruption or disrespectful behavior are poor choices that students know how to avoid.
Please keep in mind some rules specific to the French class:
No chewing-gum or eating during class. Water bottles are allowed, as long as they stay on the floor. No coffee or sugary drinks in class.
Bring your French material before class: text book, computer, binder containing worksheets, tests and rubrics, journal and additional books- if any.
Parents and students can make appointments by writing to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonne chance! Merci!
Mme Luciana Jeler