Week 10 - March 21 - 27

French I - Spring 2016

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La Dixième Semaine

Welcome to Week 10! It's report card week for Traditional and Year-long students! EC calendar students are also receiving their first progress report of Quarter 2! Read below for more information about each course! All assignments are due Friday, March 25!

Traditional Block:

Now that the midterm is over, Traditional students will really dig into second quarter work. Working in Unit 6: Les Endroits, students will learn vocabulary for places around town as well as the new irregular verbs faire and venir. Assignments due this week include:

1. Les Endroits, Discussion 1A

2. Les Endroits, Speaking 1A

3. Les Endroits, Writing 1D

4. Les Endroits, Speaking 1E

5. Les Endroits, TPR Quiz

6. Les Endroits, Section 1Quiz

7. Les Endroits, Discussion 2D

8. Les Endroits, Section 2 Quiz

9. Les Endroits, Speaking 3A


Year-long students will continue work in Unit 8 this week. For this unit's project students will select a francophone country and research its cuisine. They will then prepare a photo essay describing 4 specific dishes and 2 beverages, and will even have the opportunity to prepare one of their selected dishes! Assignments due this week include:

1. La Cuisine, Project 3B

2. La Cuisine, Speaking 3B

3. La Cuisine, Discussion 3B

4. La Cuisine, Writing 3C

All students will receive a report card this week. Traditional students will receive their Quarter 1 report card, while Year-Long student will receive their Quarter 3 report card. Grades will be posted by teachers in registration on Tuesday, March 22, and should be available in registration at individual schools on Thursday, March 24. Parents should inquire at the school as to how report cards are distributed.
As a part of the requirements of the course, students are expected to attend live sessions with any French I instructor (1 session/unit). The dates/times of live sessions will be provided in this section of the newsletter each week. Instructors will communicate with students in course announcements should there be any change.

* Monday, 3/21 @ 8pm w/ Mme Claire Driscoll (Unit 6)
* Tuesday, 3/22 @ 4pm w/ Mme Mary Hansbrough (Unit 6)
* Wednesday, 3/23 @ 10am w/ Mme Karen Miller (Unit 6)
* Wednesday, 3/23 @ 7pm w/ Mme Jean McDaniel (Unit 6)
* Thursday, 3/24 @ 8pm w/ Mme Melissa Harrelson (Unit 6)

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!

Spring Break!?

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The Easter holiday is drawing near, and schools across North Carolina will be taking a Spring Break. Please note that NCVPS does NOT observe a Spring Break. If you are traveling or will not have access to wifi from home, please make plans to complete your work before your school's spring break!

Cases of Culture Clash

Sections 1 & 2 - Mme Claire Driscoll

"One of my culture clashes when visiting la France is that the dogs were welcomed at many cafés and restaurants. Les chiens were so well behaved! They did not rush to gobble the crumbs that fell from the table and they did not squabble at all with their other furry friends. They were as civilized as the the patrons."

Section 3 - Mme Mary Hansbrough

"I was dining with the family of one of my French friends in Nîmes. They had gone out of their way to make the Sunday dinner extraordinary and it certainly was. Excellent in every way. But of course I was expected to eat all of everything they had prepared, but I just don't eat huge amounts of food. I did manage to finish everything and was so happy to go back to my hotel only to discover that I was also expected for supper that same night!!! Although I was happy that it was just quiche, salad and the cheese and fruit afterwards and, of course, the pastry desserts. I was completely full still from lunch, but I did not want to be rude. So I consumed it all again!! Even when I tried to just eat the cheese without bread, I was immediately told that you just did not do that; you must eat the cheese with the bread! So I managed to consume about another 1000 calories.

I did the same exact thing at a small restaurant in St Marie de la Mer. I ordered the Salade Niçoise. We were going out on a boat ride and had been invited to dine with the captain and one of his crew before the sail. The owner of the restaurant brought out this huge salad and I ate about half of it; I was about to leave the rest when the captain informed me that I had insulted the owner of the restaurant by not finishing it so once again I ate every last morsel until I almost got sick- then went out for a sail on the Mediterranean."

Section 4 - Mme Melissa Harrelson

"Mon mari et moi, (My husband and I) attended une fête (a party) of a close Sri Lankan friend, when he and his wife were living in Greensboro for a few years. We received an oral invitation to a party they were giving à huit heures du soir. We arrived on time! The others didn't come until après onze heures du soir!. I learned quickly about the "unwritten" expectation that you come about 2 ½ to 3 hours after the stated time. Even though they were in the United States, they still followed their customs from Sri Lanka."

Section 6 - Mme Jean McDaniel

"I experienced my first case of culture clash when I arrived for lunch at a French friend's house the day after arriving in the Nice, France. I felt so proud to stop and buy a few croissants on the way to having lunch at Cathy's house. I presented them to my friend in anticipation of having them served at lunch with whatever we were eating. I wondered why, after lunch, they had not been served. My friend gently reminded me that lunch is the big meal of the day in France and they generally eat Baguettes as the bread with lunch. She also kindly told me that croissants are eaten for breakfast with café au lait or later in the day for an afternoon snack."

Section 7 & YL Section 1 - Mme Susan Cowan

Section 8 - Mme Karen Miller

"While traveling with students in 2011 I experienced second hand culture clash on behalf of the kids while dining au café. After being served the students were shocked when the waiter did not come back to check on us. In France, mealtimes are almost sacred. Wait staff in France will take your order and bring you your food, but will otherwise leave you to dine in peace. If you need something - a condiment, a refill, the check, etc. - you'll need to flag the server down to ask for it. My former students were also thrilled when I informed them they didn't need to tip - in France it's all included in the bill. More money left for souvenirs!"

YL Section 3 - Mme Ashley Padgett

"I experienced cultural differences while shopping in France. I was in Nice admiring dresses in one shop from the outside and decided to go in and look around. I was greeted by the shop owner and promptly told that the 'outside was for looking and the inside was for buying.' So I went to another shop, where the owner was much more friendly. I picked out a dress and went to try it on in the dressing room. The owner said he would bring me some other things to try on that I might like, he knocked on the door and told me that the dresses were outside. When I opened the door, he told me that I was trying on the wrong size, and actually needed two sizes larger so that the clothes would fit as they should. He said that he would not sell me a dress unless it fit correctly! I was slightly embarrassed, but the owner was correct, and I was impressed with the knowledge of clothing store personnel in France!"