Week 6: September 28 - October 2

French I - Fall 2015

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La Sixième Semaine

Welcome to Week 6! It was a grey and rainy week last week in NC! Here's hoping that the second week of Fall brings more sunshine, albeit crisper temperatures. Read below for happenings in all French I courses this week! Assignments for all courses are due this Friday, October 2!

Traditional Block:

This week students will continue work in Unit 4: L'Heure. Topics covered this week include new regular verbs, our first two irregular verbs, contractions and more! Assignments due this week include:

1. L'Heure, Speaking 1E

2. L'Heure, Section 1 Quiz

3. L'Heure, Writing 2A

4. L'Heure, Speaking 2A

5. L'Heure, Discussion 2C

6. L'Heure, Writing 2D

7. L'Heure, Section 2 Quiz

8. L'Heure, Writing 3A

Year Long:

Year-long students will continue work in Unit 2: Le Jour et La Date. This week students will use vocabulary for weekdays, numbers and months to write out the date. Assignments due this week include:

1. Le Jour et La Date, Discussion 2B

2. Le Jour et La Date, Writing 2C

3. Le Jour et La Date, Section 2 Quiz

4. Le Jour et La Date, Writing 3A

Early Calendar:

Now in the eighth week, Early Calendar students are wrapping up the first quarter! This week they will finish work in Unit 5: Les Couleurs and should begin preparing for the Midterm Exam next week! Assignments due this week include:

1. Les Couleurs, Writing 1F

2. Les Couleurs, Speaking 1F

3. Les Couleurs, Section 1 Quiz

4. Les Couleurs, Writing 2D

5. Les Couleurs, Section 2 Quiz

6. Les Couleurs, Writing 3A

7. Les Couleurs, Section 3, Quiz

8. Les Couleurs, Unit Exam

Students in all courses will receive a progress report on Tuesday, September 29. (Posted in registration on Thursday, October 1.)

Alternate textbook links:


Le Jour et La Date:

Le Temps:


Les Couleurs:
As a part of the requirements of the course, students are expected to attend live sessions with the instructor (1 session/unit). The dates/times of live sessions will be provided in this section of the newsletter each week. The schedule for this week is:

* Monday, September 28 @ 11:30am w/ Mme Elizabeth Lovelady-Alfonso (Unit 4)
* Monday, September 28 @ 7pm w/ Mme Karen Miller (Unit 5 - EC Schedule)
* Wednesday, September 30 @ 6pm w/ Mme Nicole Swanson (Unit 4)
* Wednesday, September 30 @ 8pm w/ Mme Melissa Harrelson (Unit 4)
* Thursday, October 1 @ 2pm w/ Mme Megan Townsend (Unit 4)
* Thursday, Ocotber 1 @ 7pm w/ Mme Jean McDaniel (Unit 4)

Year-long courses have been given their own live classroom. The year-long live class schedule for this week is:

* Thursday, October 1 @ 2pm w/ Mme Laura Summers (Unit 2)

While the course calendars for early calendar students will not match those of traditional block students, year-long and early calendar students are still welcome at any session (and vise versa with traditional block students!) In addition to selecting a session by the schedule, note the material that will be presented to ensure that you are selecting the session that will be most beneficial to you!

To access the live classroom, students should click the link in Blackboard titled "Live Classroom French 1." It is suggested that for the first time they arrive approximately 15 minutes early to ensure that they are able to enter the chat room and check the functionality of all tools. Students should log in with both their first and last names, or if attending by teleconference, they should identify themselves to the instructor upon entry.

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In addition to the live classroom sessions provided for each content unit, the NCVPS foreign language department also offers supplemental cultural presentations in the Culture Café. Students from all foreign language courses are invited to attend any and all sessions to learn more about different cultures around the world. As an incentive to attend, students are awarded extra credit for their participation. Read below for more details:

Participating in the Culture Café & Completing the Assignment:

During each Culture Café session, you'll join many other students in the "virtual classroom" to learn and share with each other and the teacher. The teacher will have a formal PowerPoint presentation and go over the specified cultural presentation. You need to take notes, as you will have to include a copy of your notes (that has your name and the date). (You can take notes by typing on a computer during the session and uploading the document to the specific assignment page OR you can hand write your notes, take a pic of them and upload to the specific assignment page.)

After attending each Culture Café session, you need to answer the following questions (with your notes accounting for #3):

  1. What date did you attend?
  2. What was the topic?
  3. Who was/were the presenter/s (first and last name/s)?
  4. What did you cover/learn? (You should include the copy of your notes that has at least 10 things learned. SCREEN SHOTS ARE NOT NOTES!!!)
  5. Complete a 5 sentence reflection on the Central Theme given by the teacher at the end of the Culture Café Presentation. Submissions without this will not be counted.

Students can access both the Culture Café calendar of events and the classroom through the link in the course. The classroom has also been linked to the title above. There are two sessions scheduled for this week:

* Tuesday, September 29 - Latin: Roman Names @ 5pm.

* Wednesday, September 30 - French: Paris, France @ 4:15pm.

* Wednesday, September 30 - Japanese: The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens @ 7pm.

Each session should last approximately one hour.

Nos Heures Préférée

EC Section 1 - Mme Karen Miller

"Late at night has always been mon temps préféré. Something about the le ciel noir (black sky), the stars (les étoiles), the moon (la lune), it has always seemed magical to me. I have always enjoyed the peace of la nuit (night). I find that I am most awake and most vibrant while others sleep."

Sections 1 and 2 - Mme Claire Driscoll

"Mon temps préféré of the day is the early morning. J'aime courrir (run) with mon chien (dog) around 6:30am. It's super peaceful and rejuvenating."

Sections 3 and 11; YL Section 3 - Mme Ashley Padgett

"J'adore le coucher du soleil (sunset). J'aime prendre des photos (I love taking pictures) du soleil avec les belles couleurs de rose et orange. I also love sunset because it means that my family will be all together again under one roof to begin to prepare for the next day."

Section 4 - Mme Melissa Harrelson

"Je ne suis pas du tout (not at all) a morning person, unless absolutely necessary! You will often find me watching some of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon before je me couche (I go to bed). Mon temps préféré would be late afternoon and early evening. The rush of the day is past and I can look forward to 'winding-down'. Unless of course, I'm grading French work!"

Section 5 - Mme Jean McDaniel

"J'aime le matin (the morning)! J'aime sentir (smell) le café et manger le pain avec de la confiture et du beurre. I love the feeling of waking up and feeling rested. Le matin me plaît (Morning pleases me). Et toi, qu'est-ce que tu aimes? Tu aimes le matin, l'après-midi, ou le soir? Partagez avec moi! Share your favorite time of day with me too! :)"

Section 6; YL Section 1 - Mme Susan Cowan

Section 7 - Mme Mary Hansbrough

"My favorite time of day is l'après-midi (afternoon). I can take mon vélo (bike) around the neighborhood after I finish mes devoirs (work)."

Section 8 & 14 - Mme Nicole Swanson

"My favorite time of the day is the early morning so I can sit and have a cup of coffee while it's still quiet in the house. I also love waking up to my 3 snuggly dogs in the morning."

Section 9; YL Section 2 - Mme Laura Summers

Section 12 - Mme Megan Townsend

"Mon temps favorit du jour c'est la nuit! Je suis une couche-tard (night-owl!) Always have been, probably always will be :-) It's the time I get to spend unwinding, catching up on work and t.v. shows (J'aime beaucoup Netflix!), and cleaning (yes, I like cleaning! Night time is best when the baby, puppy, and husband are sleeping and not making more messes for me) Quel temps du jour aimes-tu?"

Sections 13 & 15 - Mme Lovelady-Alfonso

"L'aube-dawn leading to le lever du soleil-sunrise are currently mes heures préférées de la journée-favorite times of day :-) I used to be such a oiseau de nuit-night owl, and always adored les couchers du soleil-sunsets avec toutes ses couleurs chaudes-warm colors, but times have changed and so has the direction my bedroom faces over la mer-the sea :-) It has been so great pour ma santé -for my health to rise with le soleil and I enjoy those couleurs brillantes as well while sipping on my morning café au lait. C'est merveilleux-amazing to begin each day like this..... and then I'm off running! :-)"