LaGrange Middle School

French 1A & French 1B

Course Content and Goals

The main goal of the seventh and eighth grade French courses is to build a strong academic foundation in preparation for high school French classes. Both courses consist of detailed study and practice of the following discipline areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In addition, the students will explore the diverse francophone culture.

A Typical Day in French Class

Our French class begins with a daily warm-up exercise designed to provide the students with the opportunity to converse in class about common topics such as weather or weekend plans. Next, the students work independently on the "Do Now" exercise which provides the student with written practice of a previously taught skill. Then, the students will engage in the daily lesson, which introduces a new concept aligned with the daily learning goal. Finally, the students will complete a task designed to assess the success of the day's lesson. Our French classes are very busy and fast-moving, but we manage to have a bit of fun along the way as well!

Grading System and Homework Policies


Grades are based on a point-value system. For example, a single homework assignment may be worth 3 points, while a test or a project may be worth anywhere from 50 - 100 points depending on the content being assessed.


In order to become proficient in French, students must practice new skills taught in class by doing homework. Late homework due to absences is accepted with full credit. Late homework is accepted with partial credit within reason.

Extra Help

Learning a foreign language can be challenging at times. I am available for extra help by appointment. Extra help sessions are held after school.

About the Teacher.

My name is Mary Tetreault (pronounced tay-tro) and I have been a teacher in the Arlington Central School District since 2011. In high school, I was curious about my French-Canadian heritage and I decided to explore the language of my ancestry by taking a French class. I continued my studies in college. I've been passionate about French ever since and my life is enriched by my knowledge and continuous study of the subject. It is a privilege to share my love of French with your children each day and to watch their academic growth. It is my hope that my students learn not only to communicate in French, but also develop a lifelong interest in this beautiful language and global culture.


Bachelor of Arts (Major: French Literature) MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Master of Science (Major: Childhood Education) MOUNT SAINT MARY COLLEGE

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

French (Grades 7-12)

Contacting the Teacher

The best way to contact me is to e-mail me at and I will return your call as soon as possible.