Curriculum

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Grammar

 

  • 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)

Reading

 

  • 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)

Writing

 

  • 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)

Literature

 

  • 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