French 5

  • COURSE ID: FRE 104                     3 CREDITS  

    SEMESTER/YEAR:            Fall/Spring 2017-2018

    COURSE NAME:  French 5 Honors


    DEPARTMENT: Modern and Classical Languages


    High School:  Starpoint Central

    Instructor:      Mrs. Staskiewicz                               

    Telephone:     716-625-7272 ext. 6614





    Tuesday and Thursday office hours


    Required texts:          

                1. Discovering French: Rouge    Valette & Valette (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

                            ISBN: 978-0618656530



    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

        a. the ability to analyze a problem and synthesize a solution through appropriate research

        b. the ability to integrate emerging technologies into research and communication.

        c. the ability to demonstrate an understanding of core concepts and research methods.

    3. students will demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking.

    4. students will demonstrate a global awareness of the target culture's presence in the world.


    Specific Course Objectives

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


    learning objective                                                        assessment      


    1. handle successfully, orally and in                            participation,               

    writing, most uncomplicated                                        workbook and

    communicative tasks and social situations                   lab work,

    dealing with personal routines, physical                        contrôles,

    appearance and descriptions, weather,                         final exam

    narrative events, chores, shopping, and travel;


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

    conversation with a number of strategies

    appropriate to a range of circumstances

    and topics;


    3. 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;



    4. read consistently with full understanding simple     (same)                         

    connected texts dealing with basic personal and

    social situations, and cultural history;


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

    negation, complement pronouns, expressions of

    quantity, hypothetical and temporal 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



    Methods of Teaching:

    Proficiency-based instruction, including a combination of established foreign-language acquisition methodologies, such as the communicative approach, grammar-translation, audio-lingual activities, use of video program, direct method, and total physical response.


  For additional practice, create a free student account forDiscovering French Rouge. This site offers online activities and review exercises for each unit in the textbook, like self-test quizzes, flashcards, workbook supplements, and cultural information.

    Choose “high school”, “world languages”, then select the site for Discovering French Rouge.

    Grade percentages

                participation / homework         25%

                4/5 contrôles                           40%

                cumulative final exam             35%                            


    100-98 (A+); 92-97 (A); 90-91 (A-); 88-89 (B+); 82-87 (B); 80-81 (B); 78-79 (C+); 72-77 (C); 70-71 (C-); 68-69 (D+); 62-67 (D); 60-61 (D-); below 60 (F)



    Requirements and grade determination:

    1. 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.


    2.  Participation:  daily oral participation in class is expected.  This portion of the grade is based on (1) the frequency of the student’s responses in class; (2) the correctness and fluency of the student’s spoken French:  grammar, syntax, vocabulary, pronunciation; (3) the student’s willingness to work with other students during general class activities and group-work; (4) the progressive accumulated mastery of grammar and vocabulary of successive units.  In addition, it should be obvious that in order to effectively participate in class, you must come prepared with all supplies and homework.  Passes are strictly limited to bathroom emergencies – I will be discouraging locker passes – you should arrive with all your supplies.


    ** Assessments:  At the end of each chapter (partie) there will be a chapter test, at the end of each unit (2 chapters) there will be a unit test – this is comprised of a listening portion and a comprehensive portion.  Speaking examinations will also be administered throughout the year.


    3.  Workbook: you must bring your workbook to class every day. Written exercises are assigned for many class, and periodic audio comprehension activities will be done in class. You will have an opportunity to correct your assignments. On the day of each contrôle, I will collect your workbook to verify that all assignments have been completed and corrected, and assess your work using the following code:


    ü+   all assigned exercises were completed and corrected using different colored ink

                (three points added to the grade of that chapter test)


    ü    most assigned exercises were completed, but not all mistakes were corrected.

                (no points are added or taken away from the grade of that chapter test)

    ü-   more than one exercise was incomplete, few or no corrections were made.








    1. Gender and number of nouns.

    2. Basic patterns of adjective agreement

    3. Present tense of irregular verbs être, avoir, aller, faire

    4. Present indicative and imperative of regular –er, and -ir verbs

    5. Interrogative words and negation

    6. futur proche

    7. Present indicative and imperative of –re verbs

    8. The passé composé with avoir and être

    9. The present indicative of stem-changing verbs

    10. Direct and indirect object pronouns

    11. The formation and meaning of the imparfait

    12. Present and past tenses of aller, avoir, boire, connaître, croire, devoir, dire

             dormir, être, écrire, lire, mettre, ouvrir, pouvoir, prendre, savoir, venir,

             voir, vouloir (and similar verbs)

    13. and en, and multiple complement pronouns

    14. Reflexive structures

    15. Conditional present

    16. Simple future

    17. The verbs in -yer

    18. The use of the passé composé with the imparfait

    19. Verbs like craindre

    20. The concept and formation of the present subjunctive

    21. The use of the subjunctive with personal and impersonal expressions

    22. Relative pronouns qui, que, dont

    23. The use of the infinitive after prepositions

    24. Hypothetical structures:  si + présent; and si + imparfait

    25. The pluperfect and its uses with the passé composé and imparfait

    26. The conditional past

    27. Hypothetical structures: si + plus que parfait

    28. Possessive pronouns

    29. Demonstrative and interrogative pronouns

    30. Verbs naître, vivre and mourir

    31. Complex relative pronouns

    32. Comparative and superlative structures

    33. Passive voice

    34. Past subjunctive and past infinitive

    35. Verbs falloir and valoir

    36. Present participle












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


    September                    Reprise – review of French 4 – with special attention to Unit 5


    October                         Unit 6 – Travel


    November                    Short story unit to prepare for reading of Le Petit Prince later this year

                                        Review the passé simple


    December                    French cooking project and Christmas cultural information


    January                        Le Petit Prince


    February                      Unit 7 Health


    March                          Unit 8 – Cities and Towns

    National Foreign Language Week activities


    April                            Unit 9 Personal Relationships


    May                             Unit 10

    Final speaking examination

    Presentation of French story

                                 Final examination – speaking


    June                             Final examination review

                                        Final examination – given during exam week