Week 17: December 15-19

French I - Fall 2014

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Semaine Numéro Dix-Sept

Welcome back to Week 17! Only one more week before the holiday break! Read below for more information about the upcoming week! All assignments are due Friday, December 19!

Traditional Block:

This week Traditional students will continue work in Unit 10: L'Ecole. This week students will complete a project detailing their school day. Assignments due this week include:

1. L'Ecole, Writing 2C

2. L'Ecole, Speaking 2D

3. L'Ecole, Section 2 Quiz

4. L'Ecole, Writing 3A

5. L'Ecole, Project 3B

6. Voyage Virtuel (parts 1-4)

7. L'Ecole, Discussion 3B

8. L'Ecole, Project 3D

9. L'Ecole, Writing 3D



Year Long:


Students in YL courses will finish work in Unit 5: Les Couleurs. This week students will use the verb avoir in idiomatic expressions. Assignments due this week include:


1. Les Couleurs, Section 2 Quiz

2. Les Couleurs, Writing 3A

3. Les Couleurs, Section 3, Quiz

4. Les Couleurs, Unit Exam



Early Calendar:


Early Calendar courses ended on Friday, 12/12. Report cards will be posted tomorrow, Tuesday, 12/16. Enjoy your break!


There will be a progress report posted for both Traditional and YL students. This will be the last progress report of the semester for Traditional students.

This week's live sessions will all cover Units 10. Please see below for a complete list of scheduled sessions:

* Monday 12/15 @ 10am w/ Mme Ashley Padgett
* Wednesday 12/17 @ 8pm w/ Mme Melissa Harrelson
* Thursday 12/18 @ 6pm w/ Mme Maria Yandell
* Thursday 12/18 @ 8pm w/ Mme Karen Miller

Again, note that while the course calendars for Tradition, Early Calendar and Year-Long courses do not align, students may choose to attend any live session of their choosing. 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!

The Final Exam

Upon returning from the Christmas break, Traditional students will take their final exam. Below is a list of concepts students need to master prior to taking the exam. While the exam is not comprehensive, many of the concepts we learned in the first quarter will be relevant in the final exam. This is a very important test - it's worth 25% of the overall grade for the course!


Les Endroits --- Vocabulary about the city, town, or countryside

Section 1
Vocabulary about the city, places in a town
Location in a place (loin de, près de, à droite, à gauche, à côté de)
What is a cognate
Adding "de" in front of an article (le) == de + le = du; de + les = des
How to use: je peux, je veux,je dois
Culture - Québec

Section 2
new irregular verb: faire
How to talk about your town
Culture: Louis Joliet

Section 3
New irregular verb: venir
Venir vs venir de


La Famille - Vocabulary on member of the family, birthday parties


Section 1
Vocabulary about the family
Vocabulary about a birthday
Possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her,our, their)
How to say someone's age (use 'avoir')
Culture: Bastille Day

Section 2
more --er verbs plus penser
new irregular verb: dire
practice with son, sa, ses; notre, leur

Section 3
new irregular verb: lire, écrire
Vocabulary about la fête



La cuisine - vocabulary about foods


Section 1
Culture: Bouillabaissse
Vocabulary on foods for all meals
Vocabulary for meats, vegetables, fruits, condiments
Using the partitive article with foods
How to say hungry and thirsty (expressions with 'avoir')
New irregular verb: mettre
Vocabulary for setting or clearing the table
les plats principaux, les legumes, les fruit - review vocabulary

Section 2
How to order; je voudrais
Using the partitive in the negative - (changes to 'de')
new irregular verb: boire
more adjectives: délicieux, délicieuse, sucré
Culture: Fast foods in France, vocabulary
Practice creating questions/statements

Section 3
le dîner
Culture: all about "le fromage"



Les Passetemps -


Section 1
Vocabulary for sports and other activities
Vocabulary for speaking on a phone
Verb construction: jouer à vs jouer de
Vocabulary for "when" - plusieurs fois, quelque fois, toujours, jamais, tous les jours, avant, après, etc.
Vocabulary for games
Verbs: gagner, perdre

Section 2
Vocabulary for things used in sports and games
Using BAGS adjectives
Stress pronouns (moi, toi, lui, nous, vous, eux)
More expressions with 'avoir'

Section 3
Intivitations and polite ways of "regretting"

L'école - vocabulary about school


Section 1
Vocabulary for classes at school
Review of items needed for class
More --re verbs: répondre, entendre, perdre
Irregular verbs (that follow the prendre pattern): apprendre, comprendre
Ordinal numbers
Culture: How French number their floors
Vocabulary for transportation

Section 2
Vocabulary for rooms in a house
Vocabulary for household chores
New irregular verb: savoir
Vocabulary: descendre, monter, en haut, en bas

Section 3
Culture: Typical French home
Review

Les Ecoles Françaises et Américaines

Sections 1 & 2 - Mme Lovelady-Alfonso

''2 Heures pour le déjeuner! Oui, that is what I said, 2 hours for lunch! This is one of the aspects my children miss from their 4 years in Ecole primaire-Elementary school since we have moved back to the USA. They do miss the yearly Carnivale parade and changing their shoes into slippers-so children don't track in dirts and germs with their street shoes, but it truly is the le déjeuner they miss the most!


Most école primaire are in each quartier-neighborhood so very close to home-students are not bused and les enfants have a choice to be picked up for le déjeuner at home with their parent or for those 2 hours or will be taken care of in la cantine or restaurant scolaire-Lunchroom. For those who stay, students are sat at tables in groups and served family style. They have the food placed in the center of the table and students share and serve each other family style. Most cantine still use real plates, real silverware, and glasses plus there is always un panier- a basket of baquettes-French bread placed on the table for the students to share. Afterward each child takes a role to help clear and clean the table as well as put chairs away. One similarity with American lunchrooms is that oui! It can still get kind of loud sometimes with the children talking. Après le repas-After the meal, the students have free play outside until the end of the 2 hours and the students who went home return. Lunchtime in Middle and School is served more cafeteria style like in the US and lasts about 1 1/2 hours.


French school lunches have been regarded as some of the best and most healthy in the world. To learn more check out this link http://karenlebillon.com/french-school-lunch-menus/ Please note only one meal is available for students to eat in l'école primaire and if you are wondering after looking at some of these examples if the kid's really eat it, I can attest to you personally, that oui, yes they do and they like most things as this is part of their daily lives at home and school! #sohealthy ''

Sections 3 & 9 - Mme Ashley Padgett

"The thing that impressed me the most about French schools is the amount of respect that students have for their teachers. Not that American students don't respect teachers, but in France it goes to a higher level. When I was taking classes at a French university, students would stand beside their desks when a teacher entered the room and would wait for him or her to tell the students to be seated. This was completely new to me, and something that really embarrassed many of the international students that were in my class on our first day with this professor."

Sections 4 & 10 - Mme Claire Driscoll

"One thing that I found surprising about French schools is how bare the walls are in the classrooms and halls. In the U.S., we post student work on the walls and hallways as well as educational posters with bright colors and engaging content. Student art is also displayed. They do not do this in France. There is a noticeable absence of all of these things!"

Section 5 - Mme Melissa Harrelson

"One of the things about French schools that I find interesting is that the teachers will often change classes instead of the students. It is the very same throughout Mexico, where I witnessed this practice first hand. It seems strange to us, but the students were fine with staying in the same room and the teachers learned to be very creative with the limited supplies they had. I also like the fact that uniforms are required. I have traveled to many countries and continents and so far the U.S. is the ONLY country that does not require uniforms across the board. Our students complain when the issue comes up, but the focus in the other countries is on learning and safety, not fashion"

Sections 6 & 11 - Mme Mary Hansbrough

" The two hour lunches are my main difference to note, as well as the teachers having to change classrooms. With all the paraphernalia I had when I was in F2F, I can't imagine taking all of that with me from class to class. I do think one thing exceptional is the quality of food found in their "cantines" for the students who do eat at school. It is unquestionably fresh and so different from the burger and tater tots my school served. Additionally their course of study which is predicted at the age of 13 or 14 is a bit daunting to the American observer. There was no way that I knew what I wanted to do at that age. Also the amount of work that they have to do each night is fairly strenuous as well."

Sections 7 & 12 - Mme Karen Miller

"The thing I find the most surprising about French schools is the lack of extra-curricular activities. In American schools, co-curricular and extra-curricular clubs and sports are a major part of students lives. It is often through our participation in extra-curricular activities that American students decide what careers they would like to pursue. French kids are still involved in sports like soccer and tennis, but through independent organizations."