COURSE ID: FRE 103 (3 CREDITS)
SEMESTER/YEAR: Fall/Spring 2019-2020
COURSE NAME: French 4 Honors (weighted at 1.03)
DEPARTMENT: Modern and Classical Languages
High School: Starpoint Central
Instructor: Mrs. Staskiewicz
Telephone: 716-625-7272 ext. 6614
THIS NUSTEP COURSE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO EARN CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT (HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE) CREDIT. PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE WWW.NIAGARA.EDU/NUSTEP FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PROGRAM.
Tuesday and Thursday office hours
Champeny. Imaginez : le français sans frontiers with supersite access code and WedSAM.
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,
- students will demonstrate advanced proficiency in oral communication in French.
- students will demonstrate advanced proficiency in written communication in French, including
- the ability to analyze a problem and synthesize a solution through appropriate research
- the ability to integrate emerging technologies into research and communication.
- the ability to demonstrate an understanding of core concepts and research methods.
- students will demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking.
- 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
- 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;
- initiate, sustain, and close a general (same)
conversation with a number of strategies
appropriate to a range of circumstances
- 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;
- read consistently with full understanding simple (same)
connected non-fiction texts and literary excerpts;
- 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.
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.
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.
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 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!