Unit 1: Bonjour

French I - Summer 2015

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Bienvenue à l'Unité 1!

This week students will be learning greetings and farewells, as well as some introductory question and answer phrases. We will also explore the difference between formal and informal language and discuss francophone greeting customs. Assignments due this Friday, June 19 include:

* Speaking 1 B
* Discussion 1B
* Writing 1F
* Speaking 1G
* Section 1 Quiz
* Speaking 2B
* Discussion 2C
* Section 2 Quiz
* TPR Quiz (3A)
* Speaking 3C
* Writing 3D
* Section 3 Quiz
* Unit Exam
* Listening Exam
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Required Live Classroom Sessions

As a part of our commitment to rigorous instruction and relationship-building, NCVPS requires students to meet live with instructors once per unit (once per week for summer sessions) to review course content. The schedule of live sessions and the concepts under review will be posted in this section of the newsletter each week. The schedule for Week 1 is as follows:

* Mme Driscoll - Getting Started/Unit 1 - Tuesday, June 16 at 10 am

*Mme McDaniel - Getting Started/Unit 1 - Wednesday June 17 at 10 am

*Mme Padgett - Getting Started/Unit 1 - Wednesday June 17 at 8pm

*Mme Swanson - Getting Started/Unit 1 - Wednesday June 17 at 9pm

*Mme Tyson - Getting Started/Unit 1 - Friday June 19 at 10 am

Students may choose to attend the session that best fits their schedules. Students are also welcome to attend more than one session for extra practice! Students need to log in with both first and last name to ensure they receive credit for attendance. Those who phone in using the teleconference option need to identify themselves to the instructor presenting so their attendance is documented!

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Les Profs de Français I

Section 1 - Claire Driscoll

Madame Claire Driscoll taught French 11 years in the face to face classroom and has been teaching 2 years on-line with NCVPS. This will be her 3rd year teaching in the virtual world, which has been an awesome experience. She earned a French degree and a Masters in Education, both from Wake Forest University. Her abroad studies include a semester at the University of Bourgogne in France, and a summer in Brussels, Belgium as a Rotary Cultural Ambassador.

She lives with her family in Greensboro, NC. She and her husband have two sons, Tripp (4), and Crocker (1), one dog, two cats, and many fish. Jogging and tennis are two of her favorite activities.

Section 2 - Mme Ashley Padgett

Mme Padgett is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She studied abroad in Montpellier, France with a program through the University of New Orleans. She taught French face-to-face for eleven years in North Carolina and Virginia, and is starting her sixth year teaching French online with NCVPS. She and her husband live in Belews Creek, NC with their two sons, Benton (8) and Alden (5).

Section 4 - Mme Jean McDaniel

Mme Jean McDaniel has taught French I with NCVPS for five years. She teaches French I-V full-time for a charter school in Huntersville, NC. She has twin 18 year-old sons. She has lived and traveled extensively in France, received her B.A. from Whitworth University, and has a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction.