French I

Full-year course. This introductory course is designed to excite students about the language and cultures of French-speaking countries and give them a foundation for continued study in high school or at the college level. Over the course of the academic year, students will learn how to talk about their likes and dislikes, describe other people’s personalities and appearance, talk about favorite foods and order in a restaurant, and talk about travel using prepositions. Students will use skills in the following areas and build global competency skills for future careers and experience based on the World-readiness Standards for Learning Languages from the ACTFL: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. 

French I is designed for high school students (students in the rhetoric stage). We recommend that middle school students (students in the logic stage) begin their French studies with French IATo see how our middle school offerings lead into high school, see the Well-Trained Mind Academy's approach to world language learning.  Note: We do not offer a delayed section for this course due to the live interaction that is key to learning language.

We recommend that students enrolling in French I be comfortable with the topics covered in Grammar I. Grammar instruction is not a pre- or co-requisite, however we have found that students are more successful learning a new language when they have a strong understanding of grammar rules. Use the placement tests found in our grammar course descriptions to find the appropriate grammar course for your student. 

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  • Example Syllabus
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    • À plus 1, Éditions Maison des Langues. 
    • Nuits mystérieuses à Lyon
  • Class meets three times per week for 50-55 minutes, or twice per week for one hour and fifteen minutes.
  • Class cap: 15 students.
  • Designed for grades 7-11.
  • Students in grades 7-12 may be awarded 1 World Languages credit upon completion of this course.
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