French IB

Full-year course. French IB is the second half of the introductory sequence 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. 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.

A note on our middle school offerings: students in the logic stage (grades 6-9) benefit from different instructional strategies, and will thrive when spending additional time with grammar instruction. This course moves through the same core textbook as the high school course, but at half pace. Students who complete Foundational French IA and IB will have covered all the topics necessary for moving into French II (high school level) at the Well-Trained Mind Academy.

Click here to read about 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 IB 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
  • Click here to purchase the course texts.
    • À plus 1, Éditions Maison des Langues
    • Brandon Brown Dit La Vérité, Carol Gaab
  • Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 15 students.
  • Designed for grades 6-9.
  • Students who complete both French 1A and French 1B may be awarded 1 World Languages high school credit.
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