French B-SL 2/HL1
Course Description:IB French B-SL 2 is the second part of a two year course for diploma candidates, taken their senior year. IB French B-HL 1 is the first part of a two year course for diploma candidates taken their junior year. In this course we will continue to develop the skills of producing (speaking and writing) and interpreting (listening and reading) French. Progressing to an advanced level of language ability, we will continue studying French-speaking cultures around the world. The class will be conducted entirely in French and will consist of communicative and interactive group activities. Students are immersed in the sounds, words, and expressions of modern French through communicative activities and materials from Imaginez, the novel "Huis Clos" and a variety of authentic francophone texts. We will expand on what was learned in IB French B-SL, part 1.
Course Requirements and Required Materials:
1. Imaginez : Le Francais Sans Frontières- With Student Activity Manual Mitschke, Cherie 2008 Vista Higher Learning ISBN 978-1-60007-169-0
2. IB French B Subject Guide: Higher and Standard LevelDelavallée, Marie-Laure Oxford Study Courses 2009, ISBN 978-1-904534-25-9
3. Une fois pourtoutes– Une révision des structures essentielles de la langue françaiseSturges, Neilson, Herbst. Pearson Education c. 2008, ISBN 978-0-13-361120
4. Huis Clos,Jean-Paul Sartre
5. Un bondictionnairefrançais (Le Petit Robert)
6. Anotebookorganized into : vocabulary, grammar, texts, writing, projects, “mon français”
7. Internet access–www.tv5.org, www.rfi.fr, www.lemonde.fr, www.liberation.fr, www.google.fr, www.wikipedia.fr, www.wordreference.com, and a way to print French articles, texts etc.
8. A mind open to other languages and cultures
9. Students are expected to use class time efficiently by paying attention, taking notes, working cooperatively on interactive activities and participating to the best of one’s ability. Interfering with other students’ language learning will not be tolerated.
Goals and Objectives:
1. To progress to an advanced level within the five areas of linguistic competence in French: reading, writing, listening and speaking (be able to understand others as well as express oneself effectively in the language); as well as understand cultures who speak the language
2. To understand and use French in a range of contexts for a range of communicative purposes.
3. To pursue one’s individual interests in French through research and exploration of a variety of texts
4. To increase cultural awareness through social interaction in a language that is not one’s native language
5. To examine the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge
6. To examine the link between language and culture and how each reflects the other
7. To choose, research and prepare a topic for the individual oral
8. To prepare French Paper 1 and Paper 2 external assessments by pursuing and critically examining a broad range of authentic French texts.
NOTE – three questions to guide yourself when preparing and evaluating your French:
• Is the Frenchlanguagebeing used accurately for communication?
• What type(s) ofcultural interactionis/are occurring here? Is the language appropriate to the context?
• What is themessage? Is it conveyed in a way that is easily understood?
All IB assessment rubrics evaluate: Language – Cultural Interaction - Message
Course Policies and Expectations:
Attendance -All students are expected to be present and on time for class. It is the responsibility of the student to make-up any work that was missed from an excused absence. Work should be made up the first day the student returns from an absence.
Participation and preparation –All students are expected to arrive prepared to participate in class activities with their texts, materials, and completed homework assignments. Missing or incomplete homework will not be tolerated and will negatively affect your grade. In a foreign language class, it is crucial to participate and practice the language. Your actual participation speaking the language during class time is more important than accuracy!
Academic Honesty– Cheating of any kind, including plagiarism and online translator use, will not be tolerated and will result in a failure grade for the assignment. If a student has used work that is not his or her own, without proper citation, the consequences to academic honesty according to the Newman student handbook will follow. When in doubt, cite resources used.
A note on language learning and time spent outside the classroom-A language is a living, breathing thing; always evolving and changing to reflect the cultures that use it to communicate. Competence in a second language is a skill that must be nurtured, fed and exercised regularly. In addition to class and time spent on French homework, students are expected to pursue the French language at least 2 hours per week in a variety of formats that fit their needs, interests and schedules. IB French students will keep a log in their notebooks (“mon français” section) which will be checked throughout the academic year. It becomes very apparent in the classroom, who has genuinely been devoting this time to their language development!
Extra Help– Extra help is available after school every day until 3:30 in room 31 with Madame Cardiasmenos. There are also tutors available through upperclassmen at Newman, as well as resources at “L’Alliance Française” (53 Marlborough St.). I am also reachable by email for homework questions until 5:00pm during the week –email@example.com. Please seek help as soon as an area of difficulty has been identified – do not wait until exams!
Homework, class preparation, quizzes – 20% Participation – 20%
Oral Language Demonstrations – 20% Written Language Demonstrations – 20%
Tests, Projects – 20%