Week 1: January 19 - January 22
French I - Spring 2016
Bienvenue à la Classe de Français!
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
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
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.
* 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!
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
Section 3 - Mme Mary Hansbrough
Section 4 - Mme Melissa Harrelson
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.