Bienvenue!


                                                                           Contact: kaihla_olivar@newton.k12.ma.us                             

Room: 102 M

 

Dear Students:

Bienvenue!  Welcome to French Class!  I look forward to a year filled with speaking, listening, games, and other activities to learn French and the cultures in which it is spoken. 

 To succeed in French class you will need to:

-- practice speaking,

-- ask questions, and

-- have patience.

  Your reward? 

-- Speaking French, and

-- learning about the culture of France and other French-speaking countries. 

1. PRACTICE:

Keep in mind you always have French homework in the form of practicing what we havedone in class.  We will talk about practice in class, and I will post effective ways to practice so that you learn.

2.  ASKING QUESTIONS

    Raise your hand, and ask questions as soon as you do not understand.   Asking questions is helpful to you, to others who may not understand, and to me.  If you need extra help, you can make an appointment to come see me at extension. 

 

3.  PATIENCE

Learning a language takes time.  Some learn slowly, some learn quickly.  With effective effort all learn.  While learning, be patient with yourself and with others.  Be respectful of your learning pace and style, and be respectful of others’, too.


CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

1.   IN CLASS:

Come to class on time with a good attitude and ready to work.  That means with all materials needed for class, including binder, notebook, workbook, pen/pencil and completed homework.  This also means you need to be willing to participate, to dare to speak as much French as you can, to ask questions, and to listen to others.

2.   RESPECT:

Show respect in and out of the classroom.  This includes everyone --  your peers, teachers, anyone you encounter throughout the day, as well as yourself. 

3.   PRESENTATION:

You are judged on how you present yourself and your work.  This means that your homework and all class projects and work need to be done with thought and care, and need to be on time. 

4.   ABSENCES:

They happen and are unavoidable.  Please let me know so we can make sure you don’t fall behind.  You have two days after your absence to make up anything missed.  Please see or email me if you think you need an exception -- a note from a parent helps as well, in this situation.

5.   WHEN THE BELL RINGS:

That is my signal to dismiss class quietly.  Please wait until you are asked to pack up your things.

6.    HOMEWORK:

Homework is posted in class on the whiteboard and I expect you to write it down in your assignment notebook.  I will also post it on the website (first weeks) and Schoology (after the first few weeks).  I do not accept late homework.

 You may ask someone for guidance and to show you how one or two items are answered. You may not have someone else do the homework for you or copy someone’s homework.

Although specific homework is not always given nightly, keep in mind you always have French homework in the form of practicing what we have done in class.

 7.  DICTIONARIES:  www.wordreference.com or a printed dictionary.  YOU MAY NOT USE GOOGLE TRANSLATOR.

 8.   GRADING:  Behavior and participation will be considered when a grade is borderline.  I may ask you to take home a poor grade on a project or a quiz to be signed by a parent/guardian.

                        Participation / Behavior : 25%

                        Homework                     : 15%

                        Quizzes / Projects          : 60%