FRENCH 3 IMPORTANT INFORMATION & COURSE POLICIES Your instructor: J. Lauren Akins Office: 9226 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Room: 9226 Required Text: Discovering French: Nouveau! (Blanc) Discovering French Workbook Additional Requirements: A notebook (with pockets), writing utensils French 3 is an intensive introduction to the French language and the cultures of the French-speaking, or Francophone, world. Over the course of the year, you will combine home study of grammatical concepts with in-class use of increasingly complex structures to become more and more adept at participating in situations from life using French. This course is highly interactive, so missing a class session and/or coming to class late or unprepared will have a negative impact on not only your own language-learning experience but also that of your classmates. Successfully completing this course will require daily study outside of class in order to prepare you for active participation in class. OBJECTIVES: After successful completion of the year, you will: Be able to maintain intermediate level conversations in French about topics covered by the text utilizing the grammatical structures taught in the text. Be able to communicate about your own experiences as they relate to the topics in the text (i.e., in a chapter about travel, you will be able to discuss your own experiences while traveling, or in a chapter about the university/school you will be able to discuss your own classes and leisure activities). Be able to compose writings in French working toward accurate use of grammar and comprehensible communication of meaning. Be able to read and listen to intermediate texts in French, globally understand their meaning, and answer questions about their content. Internalize the grammatical structures that you encounter through daily study and work done inside and outside of the classroom. Course Grade: Your course grade will be based on the following criteria: SEMESTER 1: Participation: Homework/Quizzes: Written Tests: Oral Interviews Midterm 20% 20% 20% 15% 25% SEMESTER 2: Participation: Homework/Quizzes: Written Tests: Oral Interviews/Exposé Final Exam 20% 20% 20% 15% 25% PREPARATION: Everyone is expected to come to class fully prepared and ready to participate in both routine exercises and more creative conversational activities. Study all material assigned for the next day thoroughly the night before. Most successful students find that they need to commit at least as much time to French outside of class as they spend in French class. The pages to be covered each day are clearly indicated on the calendar* All participation will be in French. It is expected that all students will make the effort to use French in the classroom to respond to questions as well as to ask them. You will be presented with the tools to do so. Do not be afraid to talk, and do not be afraid to make mistakes—they are inevitable! When your instructor corrects you, make an effort to incorporate the corrections into your speech. You will receive participation grade sheets regularly throughout the year that will help you see how you are doing and what you may need to improve upon. PARTICIPATION AND HOMEWORK AND QUIZZES: You will have at least one homework assignment and one quiz collected and graded per week. The quiz dates and homework collection dates will normally not be announced in advance. If you do your assigned homework every day you will be sufficiently prepared. You are responsible for turning in homework (exercises, compositions, etc.) on time. Quizzes take place at the beginning of class. Missing a quiz due to arriving late will result in a grade of zero for that quiz. Your lowest quiz and homework grade will be dropped before your grade is calculated, even if they were grades of zero. MAKE-UP WORK. A. EXCUSED ABSENCES: Make-up work for credit and grade is allowed for all excused absences. It is the student’s responsibility to get the missed work. The number of days allowed to make up the work shall be the same as the number of days the student was absent. B. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: (EXCEPT OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS) Make-up work for credit and grade is allowed. It is the student’s responsibility to get the missed work. The number of days allowed to make up the work shall be the same as the number of days the student was absent. Work made up after an unexcused absence in elementary or middle school may be dropped a letter grade and must be dropped a letter grade in high school. C. SUSPENSIONS: Make-up work for credit and grade is allowed. It is the student’s responsibility to get the missed work. Work is due on the day of return from the suspension. Work made up after an unexcused absence in elementary or middle school may be dropped a letter grade and must be dropped a letter grade in high school. TESTING: There will be written tests after each unit. Each written test will consist of a written exam. Some exams will also have an oral comprehension section. At two points during each semester, each student will have oral interviews, first on his or her own and later with a partner. The interview is simply a relaxed conversation with the instructor that will test your ability to communicate using the vocabulary and structures that you have studied. Finally, at the end of the year, there will be a class exposé lasting approximately 5 minutes, which you will prepare with other members of the class. Make-up for missed tests will only be possible when appropriate documentation is provided immediately in order to justify your absence on the day of a test. All test dates will be clearly marked on the calendar—plan to be in class for each of them. MIDTERM/FINAL EXAM: These cumulative exams will be similar in format to the written chapter tests throughout the semester. If you have another exam that is scheduled at precisely the same time as this one, it is your responsibility to communicate this to your instructor as soon as possible. PINELLAS COUNTY GRADING SCALE: A 90-100% B 80-89% C 70-79% D 60-69% F 59% and lower ATTENDANCE: Because the format of the class is highly interactive, your presence is expected at every session all year long. However, please look to your Student Handbook for East Lake High’s attendance policy. Please note that makeup tests and homework will not be allowed without an authorized and documented excused absence. CONDUCT IN CLASS: It is expected that you will show respect for your instructor and your fellow students. Using electronic communication/entertainment devices for anything other than a class-related activity approved by the instructor is not allowed in the classroom. Furthermore, as this is a course dependent on communication, it is necessary for you to participate in all group activities as assigned by your instructor. As a matter of policy, uncooperative or disruptive conduct in class will not be tolerated; you will be asked to leave for the day and you will be penalized as per East Lake High’s Discipline Guidelines. PROBLEMS: If you are having trouble with French, please do not hesitate to make an appointment for extra help. The sooner you seek help, the better—problems have a way of snowballing, especially in foreign languages. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Introductory French courses at East Lake High School are not designed for native speakers of French. If you spent significant time in a French-speaking family, country or region while growing up, please contact your guidance counselor or Mme Akins. Name:______________________________________________________ Period:_______ Syllabus Agreement I, _________________________ am committed to the success of our French class, and will do my very best to adhere to these Classroom Expectations. ____________________________ Student Signature _____________________________ Date ____________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature _____________________________ Date Best time to call me is _________________ Home phone # _______________________ Work phone # _______________________ Cell phone # _________________________ Parent email address: ______________________________________________________ (Please print clearly) ******************************************************* BE A PARTNER IN EDUCATION! I CAN: ( ) assist with cultural and/or foreign language activities. ( ) donate $5.00 to the World Language Classroom Fund. ( ) assist in the classroom. ( ) other (please specify_____________________________). Cash/money order and/or checks made payable: To: For: East Lake High School World Languages Department Grades are not affected by any donation. Unused donation amounts will be carried over to the next school year unless it is specifically stated otherwise. Thank you in advance for your contribution. ***Voluntary donations of tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes (non-chlorine), index cards and EXPO markers would be greatly appreciated. Merci!