Syllabus for French Ab Initio
- Binder with dividers strictly for French!
- Verb book/ good French dictionary for use at home
- Sketchbook for ongoing Inquiry Notebook project.
- Barron’s Mastering French Grammar (Ab Initio 2)
- flash drive
ALL WORK WILL BE IN FRENCH- oral and written. You will be expected to make several presentations in French and participate in class discussions in French.
Themes to be covered throughout this 2 year course: Individual and Society, Leisure and Work, Urban and Rural Environment
Topics for each theme:
Individual and society
Leisure and work
Urban and rural environment
Food and drink
Personal details, appearance
Town and services
Students will be expected to communicate orally and in writing at an intermediate level, and acquire information through reading, writing, listening and research of authentic documents.
Grading will use the IB rubric in order to get comfortable with the system.
The rubric is as follows:
7 Excellent A (100)
6 very good A- (93)
5 good B (89)
4 satisfactory C (79)
3 mediocre D (70)
2 weak F (65)
1 very weak F ( 50)
Oral Assessments: 20%
Inquiry Notebook: 10%
Grading is wholistic- in accordance with IB standards. You will be graded according to the IB rubrics, but your quarter grade will be judged on performance and growth.
Skill building will also be an important aspect of class. We will do daily warm ups for a grade. We will also have quizzes on vocabulary and grammar concepts to fine tune our ability to use French.
Assessments will be scored on the following criteria:
Internal: Productive skills, interactive and receptive skills.
External: Paper 2- Language, Message and Format
Written Assignment: Description, Comparison, Reflection, Register, Language, Formal requirements.
Rubrics will be handed out today. You must refer to them often.
Individual Oral Assessment:
The Individual Oral will take place in late February and counts as 25% of your IB mark. This consists of a 15 minute prep time in which you choose one of two pictures based on the themes taught and talk about it. You will speak for 1-2 minutes, followed by 2-3 minutes of questions/discussion from me about your topic and finally, questions about your written assignment (at least 2) and a general discussion for 4-5 minutes.
Written Assignment: Done in March of your senior year and counts as 20% of final mark. It is a 200-300 word essay based on the themes studied. This takes place in class, in an exam setting over 2 class periods, lasting 2 hours. Two to four resources are permitted. The assignment should include: a description of the chosen topic, a comparison of Francophone and American culture, a reflection related to the topic. All must be done in French!!
Paper 1 and Paper 2: Given in May. Counts as 50% of final mark.
Paper 1 is text handling with a variety of responses to readings- multiple choice, fill in the correct word, sentence response,etc- and counts for 30%.
Paper 2 is 2 essays- one is 80 words and the other is 150 words. It counts as 25% of the final mark.
http://www.uni.edu/becker/french31.html (this site is so packed full of info, you could spend hours here)