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Français 3H

2012-2013

Course Overview
Bonjour tout le monde and welcome to French 3H! In this course of study we will build upon
the information and skills that you acquired in French 2H. Oral proficiency in French is our goal
at this level of study. Our primary objective in French 3H will be to express our thoughts and
ideas in French at all times. We will work toward achieving this objective by avoiding the use of
English whenever possible. Remember, you are able to speak English all day in your other
classes, as well as outside of school. You only have the opportunity to speak French for one class
period a day and we need to grab the opportunity. Challenge yourself to eliminate English at
other times throughout the day, too. It is fun and will help you to become a truly francophone
citizen of the world!

In French 3H we will use the Discovering French/ Rouge textbook and supplement with other
texts, authentic film clips, podcasts and current events to develop your understanding and
appreciation of the French-speaking world.

Necessary materials:
You will be expected to have a notebook dedicated to French 3H. It is preferred
that you have a three-ring binder in which you can take notes and hole-punch any
handouts that are given to you in class. You should also have a French-English
dictionary to use at home.

Grading Policies Your quarter grade is made up of the following:


Class work – 20% (homework, quizzes, small projects)
Participation – 20% (written and oral)
Performance Events – 60% (three modes of assessment)

Presentational Mode- The Presentational Mode refers to the creation of oral and written messages in a manner that
facilitates interpretation by members of the other culture where no direct opportunity for the active negotiation of
meaning between members of the two cultures exists.
(Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.)
Interpretive Mode- The Interpretive Mode focuses on the appropriate cultural interpretation of meanings that occur
in written and spoken form where there is no recourse to the active negotiation of meaning with the writer or the
speaker.
(Students interact with texts of various types. A text can be any kind of spoken, written or visual material, as well as
films and music.)
Interpersonal Mode- The Interpersonal Mode is characterized by the active negotiation of meaning among
individuals. Participants observe and monitor one another to see how their meanings and intentions are being
communicated.
(Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange
opinions.)
Homework, assignments, quizzes, and tests

You will be given a test at the end of each unit and several quizzes will be given
throughout the course of each chapter in order to revise vocabulary and grammar, as
well as to prepare you for tests. The percentage of first and second quarters is each
worth 40% of the semester grade and 20% for the semester exam

Points will be given for completed homework. Incomplete work will result in
receiving 0 points. (Students working on homework at the beginning of class will
receive a 0). After an absence, it is your responsibility to speak with fellow
classmates or myself to find out what you missed and submit any graded work. After
your return to school, you have one day for each day of absence to turn in your
missing work. Quizzes and tests must be made up within two days of an absence
(please speak with the teacher if there is a special circumstance).

Keep in mind the following general classroom rules and expectations:

Arrive to class with necessary materials: At this level, no student should ever arrive
to class without 1) completed homework 2) notebook 3) textbook 4) extra paper
5) pencil.

Respect others: Raise your hand. Given the large number of students in the class, it
is imperative that you raise your hand to speak. Listen quietly to classmates and the
teacher-they may be going over something that will help you.

Complete homework: Arrive to class with your homework. Do not ask for
permission to go back to your locker to retrieve it.

Revise what you’ve learned: Practice makes perfect! Learning a foreign language is
like stacking building blocks—understanding the material is vital to moving on to the
next step!

Ask questions: Don’t be shy! In many cases, your classmates might be having
difficulty with the same material! Be brave--mistakes are how you learn!

Get to know your teacher: Do not hesitate to speak with me when needed. I want
you to come to love the French language as much as I do and I am here to help. You
can always email me with any question that you may have, or to schedule a time for
us to sit down together to go over anything.

Helpful Websites
The following websites could be helpful to you during your course of French study:
Online component to the textbook: http://www.classzone.com

Interactive games, activities, and self-tests: http://www.quia.com/shared

Contact : Madame Hamidi shamidi@elmhurst205.org