Course Outline 2011-2012
Course:  French II
Teacher: Ms. Marlene Yoskowitz
General Objectives:  Students will learn French by speaking, listening, writing and reading with the goal of communicating effectively.  Students will learn about French culture.
Methods:  Students will use text, the internet, and teacher-created materials to acquire the skills and proficiencies as outlined in New Jersey Core Cuirriculum Standards.
Materials:  Textbook: Discovering French Nouveau! (Blanc 2) by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette
                 Published by McDougal Littell, a Division of Houghton Mifflin Company
                 Internet site:  for online version of the text
Chapters to be covered:
Students will learn the skills presented in the following chapters after a brief review of French I :
Unit 1 Who am I?  Describing oneself to others
                                Lessson 1:  (p. 30-41)  Introductions
                                Presenting oneself, making introductions
                                Lesson 2:  (p. 42-53)  A new friend
                                Describing people
                                Lesson 3:  (p.54-63)  Let's go to a café
                                Talking about people and their activities; expressions with "faire"
                                Lesson 4:  (p.64-73)  That, that's funny!
                                Going to places; talking about past actions and future plans; the verb "venir"
                                Interlude:  (p. 80-97)  French Culture
Unit 2 The weekend, finally!  Talking about the past.
                                Lesson 5:  (p. 98-107) The activities of the weekend
                                Talking about weekend activities
                                Lesson 6:  (p. 108-119)  Peter has a date
                                Describing what happened in the past; passe compose verb tense; the
                                verbs "prendre" and "mettre"
                                Lesson 7:  (p.120-129)  Corinne's purchases
                                Describing what happened in the past; the verbs "voir" and "aller"
                                Lesson 8:  (p. 130-139)  You left?
                                Describing what happened in the past; the verbs "sortir" and "partir" and "dormir"
                                Interlude:  (p. 144-149)  French Culture
Unit 3  Good Appetite!  Defining quantities
                               Lesson 9:  (p. 150-163)  Food and drinks
                               Talking about food and meals
                               Lesson 10:  (p.164-173)  At the supermarket
                               Talking about food
                               Lesson 11:  (p. 174-183)  Jerome invites his friends
                               Discussing preferences; the verbs "acheter", "preferer", "payer", and "boire"
                               Lesson 12:  (p. 184-193)  The check, please!
                               Discussing quantities
                               Interlude (p. 198-203)  French Culture
     1.  Students will be tested regularly to assess mastery of the specific objectives of each lesson and other required knowledge including vocabulary, listening skills, expressions, grammar, writing, and reading.
     2.   Students will also be graded on class participation which includes having materials in class, completing homework assignments, focusing on the class work, completing classroom assignments, oral particiipation, and group participation.  Teacher monitors the progress of the students daily either on an informal or a formal basis.  All students must come to class each day with their books and with their homework assignments completed. 
     The marking period grade will be based on 100% to be allocated as 60% for tests, quizzes, and projects; and 30% for class work, class participation, preparedness (required text, notebook, pen or pencil in class), and focus on the lesson. Homework counts as 10% of the grade.  Parents will receive a Progress Report during the mid-marking period to alert them to the student's progress and to provide an opportunity for the student to improve before the parking period ends.
The grading is as follows:
A+     97-100                        C+     77-79
A       93-96                          C       73-76
A-      90-92                          C-      70-72
B+     87-89                          D+     67-69
B       83-86                          D       63-66
B-      80-82                          D-      60-62
                                           F         0-59
Absences:  Students must present an Admission Slip upon return from an absence and must make-up all work missed and any test missed within three days.  It is the student's responsibility to request the make-up work from the teacher and to be available to make-up the tests after school or in class.
Homework:  Assignments are givien during the week. Homework assignments are always explained prior to the assignment.  Generally, the homework will take between 10 to 30 minutes to complete.  If the homework is not completed and submitted when due, the student will receive a "M"  Missing for homework for that day.  The student will not be permitted to make-up homework after the due date unless the student was absent. 
Teacher Availability:  The teacher is available for any student or parent conference, and for individual or small group instruction at the end of the school day.  Students may make an appointment to stop by Room 109 immediately after school, preferably on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Rules, Procedures, Consequences:
     1.  Students are to show RESPECT towards the teacher, their classmates, and themselves by acting appropriately in the classroom and in the hallways.  Failure to act appropriately will result in a 10 minute teacher detention to be served that day or within a one day grace period.  Continued misbehavior will result in a phone call home, the filing of a Disciplinary Report, or the exclusion of the student from class.  Failure to report for teacher detention will result in the filing of a formal Disciplinary Report.
     2.  Students are expected to be seated in their assigned seats when the bell rings.  They are to take out their book, homework, notebook, and a pen or a pencil.  Failure to be on time to class will result in a warning, teacher detention, or central detention in accordance with school policy.  
     3.  Students are expected to be attentive to the lesson and to participate in class by being attentive.  Failure to complete the classroom assignment may result in an incomplete when adequate time has been given.
Websites:  Students are encouraged to surf the web and to utilize the worldwide web to supplement their cultural awareness of the countries where the French language is spoken as the official language.  Students may explore the art and history of France, famous people from France, historic landmarks, etc. For example, is only one website for this information.  An integral part of the French series Discovering French  is the website  Students are encouraged to visit the online text. Students will receive an activation code from the teacher for the level of the text they are using in order to establish an account to access this website.
Movies, Television, and Radio:  Students may wish to watch the news program from France on cable TV5 France or listen to the radio for French language broadcasts at 91.5 FM or .  Students are encourgaged to watch French movies and videos in the French language with English subtitles.
Conversation, Travel:  Students are encouraged to speak French whenever possible and to visit art museums, listen to French music, and to practice speaking when traveling to French-speaking countries.
Projects:  Students are expected to participate in and complete at least one project during the school year which will serve as a major grade.
Last Modified on September 7, 2011