French 4


    COURSE ID:                 FRE 103 (3 CREDITS)  

    SEMESTER/YEAR:       Fall/Spring 2019-2020

    COURSE NAME:          French 4 Honors (weighted at 1.03)

    COLLEGE:                    A&S

    DEPARTMENT:            Modern and Classical Languages


    High School:   Starpoint Central

    Instructor:      Mrs. Staskiewicz                               

    Telephone:     716-625-7272 ext. 6614





    Tuesday and Thursday office hours


    Required text:

    Champeny. Imaginez : le français sans frontiers with supersite access code and WedSAM.                     

    ISBN: 978-1-62680-812-6


    Course description:

    Review and expansion of communication skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) through materials reflecting the history, literature, and culture of the francophone world.  Prerequisite:  French 3 or permission of the instructor.


    Objectives for the French Course:

    Upon successful completion of all courses required for French,

    1. students will demonstrate advanced proficiency in oral communication in French.
    2. students will demonstrate advanced proficiency in written communication in French, including
    3. the ability to analyze a problem and synthesize a solution through appropriate research
    4. the ability to integrate emerging technologies into research and communication.
    5. the ability to demonstrate an understanding of core concepts and research methods.
    6. students will demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking.
    7. students will demonstrate a global awareness of the target culture's presence in the world.


    Student Learning Objectives:

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


    learning objectives                                                      assessment     

    1. handle successfully, orally and in participation,             

    writing, most uncomplicated                                                  workbook and

    communicative tasks and social situations                             tests

    dealing with personal relationships, common activities,

    current events and medial;                           



    1. initiate, sustain, and close a general (same)

    conversation with a number of strategies

    appropriate to a range of circumstances

    and topics;


    1. meet most practical writing needs and limited (same)

    social demands, including the ability to describe

    and narrate in simple paragraphs, using a

    variety of verb tenses, including the present,

    past, conditional and future tenses and the

    indicative and subjunctive modes of all regular

    and common irregular verbs;



    1. read consistently with full understanding simple (same)                        

    connected non-fiction texts and literary excerpts;


    1. apply correctly, orally and in writing, (same)

    negation, question formation, complement

    pronouns, adverbs and adjectives, and reflexive

    and reciprocal structures.



    Before you begin this course, you must already have mastered the present and passé composé of all regular verbs and the following irregular verbs:


                aller             devoir          lire              prendre

              avoir            dire             mettre          savoir

              boire            écrire           ouvrir*         venir*

              connaître     être              partir*          voir

              croire          faire            pouvoir        vouloir        

                *and similar verbs


    Method of Instruction:

    Within the class period, students will complete exercises, both written and oral, to allow for the immediate incorporation of the skills being covered.  Students will take part in communicative activities with their peers to work on their speaking skills.  For every class session, students are expected to complete one hour of assigned work in the online student activity manual.



    Requirements of the Course:

    Class participation:  this portion of the grade is based on (1) the frequency of the student’s remarks in class; (2) the relevance of the comments and the questions posed; (3) the student’s progressive mastery of grammatical, lexical, and syntactical structures; (4) verbal articulation, fluency, and pronunciation; and (5) the student’s willingness to work with other students in class during group activities.

    Unit tests, final exam:

    There will be at least five unit tests and one final exam.  If you know in advance that you will miss the day of a test, speak to me ahead of time so that you can make arrangements to take the test.  All unit tests and the final exam are cumulative.



    Homework assignments:

    All written assignments are to be completed, some online at the Vista Supersite (SAM), available at:



    There are homework assignments due for every class, so keep up with the work.  Some assignments will be graded automatically; some assignments will be graded by me. 


    Optional Grammar Review Quizzes:

    Prior to a unit test in class, a series of optional grammar review quizzes (“interrogations”) will appear on the supersite.  These will allow you to check how well you have mastered the material before you take the test.  These are for practice only. 


    Requirements and grade determination:

    Attendance:  Attendance is very important. Please make every effort to be in class.  This is where you will be hearing French spoken by me and have the opportunity to practice your own speaking with others.   Each late arrival to class is expected to have a pass.  If you miss class due to absence or lesson, be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the work and for showing me all homework checked during the class you missed.  I will not be seeking you out to check and collect items – this is your responsibility.



    Students who do not turn in an assignment for any reason risk failing the course.

    Grade Percentages:

                Participation                                                   20%

                Homework                                                      20%

                Writing                                                            20%

                Unit tests/chapter tests/quizzes                         40%


    At the end of the year, the final average is calculated as follows:

                All four quarter grades, plus the final exam grade, equal the final overall average.  Therefore, the final exam is worth 1/5 of the overall average.


    Letter Grades:

    A+        98-100             B+        88-89               C+        78-79               D+        68-69              

    A          92-97               B          82-87               C          72-77               D          62-67

    A-         90-91               B-         80-81               C-         70-71               D-        60-61


    Course outline (subject to change at instructor's discretion)


    September                 Reprise – review of French 3

    October                      Leçon 1 Ressentir et vivre

    November                  Leçon 2 Habiter en ville

    December                   Les Misérables, or commercial project (as time permits), Christmas traditions in France

    January                       La géographie et la musique française

    February                     Leçon 3 L’influence des médias

    March                         Leçon 4 La valeur des idées

                                       National Foreign Language Week activities

    April                            Leçon 5 La société en évolution

    May                             Completion of Leçon 5 as needed

                                        Social issues in our world

    Final examination - speaking

    June                            Final examination review and examination


    ** FRE 103 students will also be expected to regularly read in French for pleasure.  There are chapter books in the classroom to choose from.  More information and directions will be given in class.**



    Academic Integrity:

    Academic honesty- being honest and truthful in academic settings, especially in the communication and presentation of ideas – is required to experience and fulfill the mission of our school.  Academic dishonesty – being untruthful, deceptive or dishonest in academic settings in any way- subverts the mission and is harmful.



    All members of our community share the responsibility for creating conditions that support academic integrity.  Students must abstain from any violations of academic integrity and set examples for each other.


    Violations of academic integrity include but are not limited to the following categories:  cheating; plagiarism; fabrication and academic misconduct.




    Counseling Services and Academic Support:

    The strains and workload of student life can be overwhelming and it is easy to get behind when faced with academic, social and personal demands.  I am available most days after school for extra help, and am often available during common free periods that you and I may have.  Please see me, another trusted teacher or your guidance counselor if you need help!