Bonjour et Bienvenue
Bonjour et bienvenue à la classe de français! Enchaté, my name is Monsieur Bickford, the French teacher here at Cawley Middle School. Your child will be either continuing, or starting, the World Language Program here at Cawley Middle School. Students who are part of this program will attend our French class during the school day as part of the Unified Arts program as their 5th academic subject.
Here in French class, what we focus on changes and evolves depending on the grade level:
- 8th grade French 1, Part 2- techniques for confidence in speaking a world language which involve more advanced structures and vocabulary such as new tenses (past tense, future tense), irregular verbs like Savoir, Connaître, Vouloir, and Venir, learning the other two basic verb endings, -IR and -RE, and practicing more real-life conversations. Students will receive a midterm exam, typically in late January, early February. Upon finishing the exam, should students receive an 85% or above and maintain at least a B+ average throughout the year, they will be recommended for French Level 2 in High School. Should students not achieve this, they will instead be recommended to an advanced Level 1 course, if offered by their school.
- 7th grade French 1, Part 1- beginning topics such as such as regular -ER verbs, the irregular verbs of Avoir, Faire, and Être, and various vocabulary topics including family, people, classroom objects, and food. Students should be able to form short sentences and answer basic questions aloud when asked. Note that students will receive a Final Exam at the end of the year with the intention of allowing students to show what they have learned in 7th grade which will be taken into consideration during high school course selections during their 8th grade year.
- 6th grade Introduction to French- students will receive an introduction to French culture as a whole, learning topics such as greetings, colors, numbers, along with other various vocabulary words and simple sentence structure, as well as understanding cognates and getting a better grasp on Francophone culture as a whole. Towards the end of the 6th grade year, students will have the opportunity to sign up for either French or Spanish for their 7th and 8th grade years, with the intention of allowing them to start High School at Level 2.
The grading scale for all French classes is as follows: