Week 1: January 19 - January 22

French I - Spring 2016

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Bienvenue à la Classe de Français!

Hello and welcome to French I! We are so pleased to have you here and equally excited to begin this adventure with you! Please read below for more information about your course this week! All assignments are due this Friday, January 22!

Traditional Block:

This week students will begin their study of French by learning greetings and farewells, as well as some introductory question/answer phrases. We will also explore the difference between formal and informal language and discuss francophone greeting customs. Assignments* due this week include:

1. Save and print "Mon Calendrier - My Due Dates."

2. “Getting Started” tab: carefully read all the information.

3. Register for and download Blackboard Instant Messenger (“BB IM”).

4. Academic Integrity Quiz.

5. Bonjour Speaking 1B

6. Bonjour, Discussion 1B

7. Bonjour, Writing 1F

8. Bonjour, Speaking 1G

9. Bonjour, Section 1 Quiz

10. Bonjour, Speaking 2B

11. Bonjour, Discussion 2C

12. Bonjour, Section 2 Quiz

13. Bonjour, TPR Quiz 3A

Year Long:

The second quarter is well underway for students in YL courses! This week students will continue work in Unit 6 - Les Endroits by composing the rough draft of their research projects on Québec. Assignments due this week include:

1. Les Endroits, Project 1F

2. Les Endroits, Section 1Quiz

3. Les Endroits, Project 2D

4. Les Endroits, Discussion 2D

Early Calendar:

While traditional block courses are just beginning, early calendar courses are beginning Week 3. Students in early calendar courses have finished Unit 1: Bonjour and are currently working in Unit 2: Le Jour et La Date. This week early calendar students will be learning numbers and vocabulary for the days of the week and the months of the year to enable them to express dates. Assignments due this week include:

1. Le Jour et La Date, Speaking 2A

2. Le Jour et La Date, Discussion 2B

3. Le Jour et La Date, Writing 2C

4. Le Jour et La Date, Section 2 Quiz

5. Le Jour et La Date, Writing 3A

6. Le Jour et La Date, Speaking 3B

7. Le Jour et La Date, Discussion 3C

8. Le Jour et La Date, Section 3 Quiz

9. Le Jour et La Date, Unit Exam

The first of two attendance reports for Traditional students will be posted by teachers on Thursday, January 21 (available in registration Friday, January 22). Please encourage your students to log in and begin work as soon as possible to ensure they are included in this report!

*May very by course section. Please refer to your Due Dates Calendar for a list of required assignments each week.
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As a part of our commitment to rigorous instruction and relationship-building, NCVPS requires students to meet live with instructors once per unit 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:

* Wednesday 1/20 @ 6:30 w/ Mme Maria Yandell (Unit 6 - YL Schedule)
* Thursday 1/21 @ 7:30pm w/ Mme Jean McDaniel (Getting Started/Unit 1)
* Friday 1/22 @ 8pm w/ Mme Mary Hansbrough (Getting Started/Unit 1)
* Sunday 1/24 @ 7pm w/ Mme Karen Miller (Getting Started/Unit 1)

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!
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Are you or your students having difficulty seeing course content? Due to some recent security updates in BlackBoard, browsers are now blocking media content that runs Java and Flash. Please note the following message from technology:

There have been some follow up questions about the mixed content message that has gone out previously and is currently on the front page of both our Blackboard and Moodle environments. The whole issue has to do with browser security measures to protect users (that's you) from malicious content contained in flash, java, and other rich media elements on a page.

This used to be an option that we could turn off and do so for several years. Blackboard has decided to make this not an optional configuration anymore and the security protocol is universal across all of their servers. That said, a person should be able to click on the shield once and have it register for all pages at ncvps.blackboard.com.

There are ways to disable this security feature in your browser but this is not something we suggest anyone do or could support the possible ramifications to their computer once they have done so (read: open your computer up to a lot of potential security risks).

So, because NCVPS instructors often use tools that require these programs, it's important that students adjust browser settings upon each log in to ensure that this content loads (i.e. - not disable them entirely). Click the title above to view an instructional video on how to enable content.

Les Profs de Français I

Sections 1 & 2 - Mme 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 3 - Mme Mary Hansbrough

Mary Hansbrough has been an online teacher for 8 years. Before that she was Department Chair for World Languages in the f2f classroom. She has a BA in French, a Masters in French and English and an EDS in English. She studied in Provence and Paris through the University of Georgia where she received her MEd in French and then studied there again in 2010. She is married and has one daughter, who is 24 years old and in her 3rd year of law school at Emory. She graduated from the University of Maryland where she was on a tennis scholarship. Mme Hansbrough loves all things French and all things sports, both playing and watching. She enjoys traveling as well and has visited Europe several times, most of the continental US and Canada, South America and Australia and New Zealand.

Section 4 - Mme Melissa Harrelson

Mme Melissa Harrelson graduated from Guilford College and spent a summer at the Cité Université at the edge of Paris. She continued to study at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, earning a Masters in School Counseling. She returned to UNCG and added certification in School Curriculum and Development and in Administration.

Although she began as a French teacher and counselor, she spent time as an Assistant Principal and Principal in both middle and high schools. She was also the Director of Employment for the Guilford County Schools and was on loan to NCDPI for 2 years to assistant struggling high schools in NC.

She lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband Jerry and has 2 married daughters. Avery and her husband and two sons live in Asheville. Graham and her husband live in Manhattan. She is enjoying retirement by returning to her roots as a French teacher for NCVPS.

Section 6 - 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.

Section 7 & YL Section 1 - Mme Susan Cowan

Susan Cowan studied math and French at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, eventually earning a B.A. in French, Math, and secondary education. She has travelled to France numerous times, including studying abroad in Avignon, doing summer camp work in Côte d'Azur, and teaching at an international school in Lyon. Over the past decade she has taught in three different states and on three continents. This is her seventh year with NCVPS and she is currently working from her home in St. Andrews, Scotland where she keeps busy looking after her two sweet daughters, Julia (2 yrs) and Chloe (5 months), while her husband studies for a PhD.

Section 8 - Mme Karen Miller

Mme Karen Miller is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She began her career in 2009 at a classical school in Fayetteville, NC teaching French levels I-IV. She currently teaches French I with NCVPS from home. She has two children, a stepdaughter, Madison (turns 9 this week!) and a son, Aiden (2). She lives with her husband, children and pug, Ella (turning 9 next month!), in Raeford, NC.

YL Section 3 - 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 fifth year teaching French online with NCVPS. She and her husband live in Belews Creek, NC with their two sons, Benton (7) and Alden (4).