Week 13 - April 11 - 15

French I - Spring 2016

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La Trezième Semaine

Welcome to Week 13! Read below for more information about each course! All assignments are due Friday, April 15!

Traditional Block:

This week Traditional students will begin work in Unit 8: La Cuisine. In this unit students will complete a project on the cuisine of a chosen francophone country, as well as vocabulary for food and dining. Assignments due this week include:

1. La Cuisine, Speaking 1C

2. La Cuisine, Project 1C

3. La Cuisine, Project 1E

4. La Cuisine, Writing 1H

5. La Cuisine, Section 1 Quiz

6. La Cuisine, Project 2A



Year Long:


Students in YL courses will continue work in Unit 9: Les Passetemps. This week's assignments include a project in French about their typical day/activities. Assignments due this week include:


1. Les Passetemps, Section 2 Quiz

2. Les Passetemps, Project 3B

3. Les Passetemps, Discussion 3B

4. Les Passetemps, Project 3D



This is an off-week for progress reports. The next progress report will be next Tuesday, April 19.
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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, 4/11 @ 8pm w/ Mme Jean McDaniel (Unit 8)
* Thursday, 4/14 @ 4:30pm w/ Mme Laura Summers (Unit 9)
* Thursday, 4/14 @ 8pm w/ Mme Karen Miller (Unit 8)

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!

Les Fruits et Les Légumes Moches - The Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables: French Food in the News.

Nos Familles

Sections 1 & 2 - Mme Claire Driscoll

"Bonjour! Moi, j'adore cuisiner de temps en temps (from time to time). Pour ma famille, et surtout (especially) mes enfants, on aime bien manger de la fondue au chocolat (chocolate fondue). C'est simple et délicieux. Bien sûr on adore manger de la fondue au chocolat avec des bananes (bananas), des fraises (strawberries), des pommes (apples), des poires (pears) et des ananas (pineapple). C'est extraordinaire!"

Section 3 - Mme Mary Hansbrough

"Ma cuisine favorite est le fromage français (French cheese). J'adore le Roquefort, le Camembert et la Brie aussi. Avec ça, j'adore aussi les olives. And when I am in France, I eat bread all of the time which is strange because I hardly touch bread in the US. Mais mon plat favori est, sans doute, les fruits de mer (seafood) qu'on trouve dans le sud de France (south of France), en Provence. I love the steamed mussels, shrimp and oysters. But above all, I like French pastries, especially la madeleine! We call it Napoleons but the French would never call it that. So délicieux!"

Section 4 - Mme Melissa Harrelson

"J'adore cuisiner (to cook) et manger (to eat). I like to cook difference cuisines from around the world. My French favorite doit être (must be) le baguette! It took me awhile, but I finally perfected the baguette with the right pan and flours. I did not purchase any store-bought bread for over 25 years, making our own loaf bread, pita bread et bien sûr, le baguette. Pendant l'hiver, j'aime cuisiner le coq au vin ou les boeufs bourguignon. Pour les desserts, je fais les éclairs pour les enfants (I make eclairs) et je fais la crème brûlée, la favorite de mon marie (my husband's favorite.). Le mari de ma soeur est venu de Libon. (My sister's husband came from Lebanon), so I learned all their family recipes, too. Toute de ma famille aiment (all my family likes) rolled grape leaves, tabouleh, and hummus on a regular basis."

Section 6 - Mme Jean McDaniel

"L'été de 2012, I spent trois semaines in Québec. During my time there I ate La Poutine avec (with) mon amie, Sara. La Poutine is basically les frites (fries) avec la sauce (gravy) et du fromage (cheese). This sounds a bit heavy and peculiar but keep in mind that this dish is usually consumed during winter after a full day of cold weather and dog-sledding! It is so yummy! Miam! My family enjoys this toute l'année (all year), même (even) s'il fait chaud! Nous aimons les frites tout le temps!"

Section 8 - Mme Karen Miller

"One of my all-time favorite francophone dishes is Cheese Fondue. La Fondue originated in Switzerland as a means of stretching food over the long winter months. La fondue is composed of an assortment of melted cheeses, wine or beer and spices. It is served with a variety of dippers including breads, vegetables and fruits. My family particularly enjoys the combination of a sharp cheddar with the tartness of a granny smith apple. It's also fun eating for kids!"

YL Section 3 - Mme Ashley Padgett

"J'adore les crêpes! I love crêpes because they are a multi-purpose food. You can eat them for le petit déjeuner (breakfast), le déjeuner (lunch), or le dîner (dinner)! They can be an entrée or a dessert! When I was studying abroad in Montpellier, we would go to Crêperie de La Comédie for lunch - my favorite savory crêpe had du gruyère (cheese), du jambon (ham), des tomates (tomatoes), et des oignons (onions). Later on, we'd go back after dinner for dessert - not sure I could pick a favorite here, but I did love the crêpe au Chantilly (whipped cream) and the crêpe au Nutella! Click the link below for a simple recipe. Add your favorite meats, cheeses, and vegetables for lunch, and add your favorite fruits and sweets for dessert. Bon appétit!"