Week 5: September 22-26

French I - Fall 2014

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Semaine Numéro Cinq

Welcome to Week 5! Happy First Day of Fall on Tuesday! While the daylight wanes, the temperature drops and the leave changes, things in the French I classrooms are heating up! Read below for more information about this week! All assignments for all courses are due this Friday, September 26!

Traditional Block:

This week students will finish Unit 3: Le Temps by discussing different structures for possession and how to ask questions and begin Unit 4: L'Heure with lessons on numbers and telling time. Assignments due this week include:

1. Le Temps, Writing 3A

2. Le Temps, Discussion 3B

3. Le Temps, Speaking 3C

4. Le Temps, Section 3 Quiz

5. Le Temps, Unit Exam

6. L'Heure, Discussion 1B

7. L'Heure, TPR Quiz 1C

8. L'Heure, Writing 1D

Year Long:

Year-long students will continue work in Unit 2: Le Jour et La Date. Lessons this week include how to make articles/nouns plural and how to count through #30. Assignments due this week include:

1. Le Jour et La Date TPR Quiz

2. Le Jour et La Date, Grammaire 1G

3. Le Jour et La Date, Section 1

4. Le Jour et La Date, Speaking 2A

5. Le Jour et La Date, Writing 2B

Early Calendar:

Early calendar students will begin Week 7 on Monday. This week they will finish working in Unit 4: L'Heure and begin Unit 5: Les Couleurs. Students will learn some new interrogative vocabulary and the concept of adjective agreement. Assignments due this week include:

1. L'Heure, Speaking 3A

2. L’Heure, Section 3 Quiz

3. L'Heure, Unit Exam4. Les Couleurs, Speaking 1A

5. Les Couleurs, Writing 1C

6. Les Couleurs, Discussion 1C

7. Les Couleurs, Writing 1E

8. Les Couleurs, TPR Quiz

The next progress report will be posted next Tuesday, September 30.
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Live sessions this week will cover Units 2-4. The sessions on Unit 2 will be the last ones offered for this unit. There will be additional sessions on Units 3 and 4 in the coming week(s).

* Monday 9/22 @ 9:30am with Mme Mary Hansbrough (Unit 3)
* Monday 9/22 @ 8pm with Mme Melissa Harrelson (Unit 3)
* Tuesday 9/23 @ 8am with Mme Melissa Harrelson (Unit 3)
* Wednesday 9/24 @ 10am with Mme Susan Cowan (Unit 2)
* Wednesday 9/24 @ 8pm with Mme Georgiana Scrisu (Unit 3)
* Saturday 9/27 @ 12pm with Dr. Symphorien Momet (Unit 2)
* Sunday 9/28 @ 8pm with Mme Elizabeth Lovelady-Alfonso (Unit 4)

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!
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We've highlighted the Peer Tutoring Center before as an excellent resource for students, but did you know they offer more than just tutoring services? Read the message below from the PTC blog to learn more about the Virtual Buddy Program!

Our Virtual Buddies are ready to help by lending a hand to students needing an extra little push, another reminder, a bit of time management guidance or encouraging words throughout the week. Do keep in mind, Virtual Buddies do not provide content specific support. While we do try to match students with a Virtual Buddy with experience in their course, we cannot guarantee it.

In essence, Virtual Buddies are student cheerleaders - motivating and encouraging students to keep them on track and hold them accountable to their course requirements each week.

Dream Francophone Destinations by Season

EC Section 1 - Mme Jean McDaniel

"I would love to be in the Ardèche region where I spent 18 months as a Parish Assistant. I spent most of my days visiting elderly and infirm members of the local protestant church. My days off I spent hiking, canoeing in the Gorges of Archèche, visiting ancient ruins, attending outdoor dramas in the old castles and fortresses nearby, and eating oh-so-yummy-and-tasty foods! Those 18 months I learned so much about the French culture and people. There is a richness to the culture that comes from being so tied to the land (outside of the big cities); its agricultural roots run deep and I learned that it is important to understand that part of the French culture in order to understand its people."

Sections 1 & 2 - Mme Lovelady-Alfonso

"My vacances de rêves (dream vacation) in a Francophone country would be au Printemps (Springtime) in le Maroc (Morocco). I have never been before and have always been intrigued by l'architecture, la musique, les couleurs et la cuisine! The weather is more agreeable au Printemps -Il ne fait pas trop chaud (It's not too hot) and I would love to see the Rose Festival in the Dades Valley in Morocco- which is a small oasis town Kelaa-des-Mgouna-and home to Morocco's largest rose water distillery plant. This is also the best time to trek through the Atlas Mountains and since I love hiking I would like to try a trek aussi (also.) If not April-May in Morocco, then I would love to always experience the Festival of World Sacred Music in Fes in June. A festival celebrating the local culture of Fes is held at the same time. I am so looking forward to one day getting a wonderful insight into traditional life in the old walled city, people watching while sipping some mint tea, enjoying sufi chanting and et biensûr tasting all that delicious Moroccan food!"

Sections 3 & 9 - Mme Ashley Padgett

"My dream destination is to be in Languedoc-Rouissillon in the summer (l'été) again, just like the summer I spent in Montpellier in 1996. It is forever etched in my mind as the perfect time and place to be in France...spending every afternoon on the beach, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and then dinner and people watching every evening at Le Grand Café Riche on La Place de la Comédie. It was one of the best summers of my life and I'd love to relive it with my husband and children!"

Sections 4 & 10 - Mme Claire Driscoll

"My vacances de rêves (dream vacation) in a Francophone country would be to visit the Carnaval de Québec, au Canada. This takes place in February and there is an enormous ice palace, amazing snow sculptures, and the famous bonhomme (snowman). It's the largest winter carnival in the world!"

Section 5 - Mme Melissa Harrelson

"I would love to return to the Loire Valley en France. Les chateaux sont beaux! Then on toward the Alps where I remember having a wonderful meal at a petit bistro, outside under a tree in Aix-les-Bains, which is a small town in the Jura Mountains and at the base of the Alps. It was le quatorze juillet et mon marie et moi were watching a group of older men playing pétanque--a popular French games with "les boules". Everyone else was heading to Paris for the big Bastille celebrations, but the small town atmosphere on this day was parfait."

Sections 6 & 11 - Mme Mary Hansbrough

"My dream Francophone destination for l'hiver is St. Martin-St Maarten (The French and Dutch sides). I went there this past year in December and the weather was incredible. We did an America's Cup sailing challenge which was so much fun. One of the ship's crew was a Parisienne. Wonderful restaurants, shopping, beach, everything."

Sections 7 & 12 - Mme Karen Miller

"I have always loved Christmas, so I think it would be amazing to visit Québec city during Noël en hiver. Québec has such a picturesque Old World feel - it would be like stepping back in time. La neige, les lumières, le décor - the snow, the lights, the decorations - they create an enchanting aura of magic that I would love to experience with my family."

YL Sections 1 & 3 - Mme Susan Cowan

"My dream francophone destination would be la Martinique en hiver. I love the Caribbean, but have never visited this island. The sunshine and warmth seem so inviting, especially when compared with the cold and 20hrs of darkness here in l'Écosse en hiver."