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Curriculum Objectives

Following the curriculum established by the Ministry of Education in France, our students study grammar, spelling and vocabulary, and practice listening and speaking contextually through reading, writing and discussing literary texts.


  • Speech
    • Coherence of language
    • Use of tenses
    • Pronouns
    • Punctuation
    • Sentence form
  • Syntax
    • Difference between nature and function of a word
    • Conjugation
  • Spelling
    • Focus on gender
    • Agreement of verb and subject
    • Agreement with past participle
  • Vocabulary

Listening & Speaking

  • Comprehension
    • Note taking (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • Dictation (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
  • Articulation (Pronunciation & Intonation)
    • Recitation - excerpts from plays and poems (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
  • Exchange ideas
    • Small group discussions (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • Question and answer (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • Argue a point of view (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
  • Relate experiences
    • Presentations (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)


  • Gain independence and develop a love of reading in French
  • Read different genres with supplemental text and teacher support
    • Ancient texts
    • Novels
    • Theater Plays
    • Fables
    • Short Stories
    • Poetry
    • Documentaries
  • Comprehend and analyze the following kinds of texts:
    • narrative (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • dialogue (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • rhetorical (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • descriptive (5ème, 4ème)
    • visual expressions including art, advertising and film (5ème, 4ème)
    • poetry (5ème, 4ème)
    • theater (5ème, 4ème)
    • explanatory (4ème)
    • argumentative (4ème)


  • Develop a strong interest in writing in French
  • Develop students' "voice" - unique way to express themselves
  • Assimilate the idea that a text is written for a particular audience
  • Write a variety of texts
    • Summaries (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • Narratives (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • Letters (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
      • informal
      • formal
      • business
    • Poems (6ème, 5ème, 4ème)
    • Short stories (5ème, 4ème)
    • a complete text of at least 2 pages (5ème, 4ème)
    • use different forms of discourse (4ème)
    • use dialogues effectively (4ème)


  • At home – read assigned novels
  • In class – focus on in-depth analysis
    • Literary comments
    • Essential notions of author, narrator, character and coherence of narration
    • Points of view
    • Components of narration
    • Develop imagination and comprehension
    • Historical and social contexts
      • 6ème – Antiquity, art, religion, music
      • 5ème - Middle Ages, comedy
      • 4ème - 19th Century, fantasy

Novels studied

Every year our teachers select new novels for in-depth study at each grade level in an effort to address the many interests and abilities of those unique students. The following is a sample listing of titles that have been studied at each grade level.

  • 6ème
    • Le Petit Prince, Saint-Exupéry
    • L'Odyssée, Homère
    • Fables, La Fontaine
    • Le Malade Imaginaire, Molière
    • L'Œil du Loup, Pennac
    • La Momie Bavarde, Weulersse
  • 5ème
    • Les Fourberies de Scapin, Molière
    • Fabliaux du Moyen Age, collection
    • Le Roman de Renart
    • La Maison des Lointains, Beaude
    • Le Garçon en Pyjama Raye, Boyne
    • Le Journal d'Adèle, Bouchet
    • L'Ile Mystérieuse, Vernes
    • La Farce du Cuvier
  • 4ème
    • L'Avare, Molière
    • Farenheit 451, Bradbury
    • La Parure, Maupassant
    • Colomba, Mérimée
    • La Gloire de mon Père, Pagnol
    • Histoires Extraordinaires, Poe
    • Le Horla, Maupassant




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