French

At St. Leo Catholic School, students in Grades K-5 are exposed to three languages--Chinese, French and Spanish.  In Middle School, students select the language on which they will focus the next three years.
 
Our French Curriculum by grade is as follows:
 
K - 2nd Grade
The first three years of French instruction will introduce the students to basic concepts and expressions of interpersonal communication.  The curriculum delivered is thematic in order to reflect relevant age-appropriate situations.  Topics include greeting expressions, basic color and shapes, days and months, seasons and weather, classroom and school elements, animals and pets, holiday celebrations and body parts.  A virtual tour of France focusing on key and historical places reflecting the history and culture of the target language is offered through a guest speaker who has traveled to France and/or through video activities.  The strand of this learning experience will focus on basic interpersonal communication:  basic speaking and listening skills.
 
Teaching Materials:
Instructional materials of the program include secure internet websites, audio-visual materials such as movies and short songs written in English and French to support the learning experience.  The teacher provides students with handout materials for their classroom activities such as coloring of items, drawing.
 
3rd - 5th Grade
The second cycle of the French instruction program is offered to students in 3rd through 5th Grade.  The instruction follows the format in the previous cycle in order to integrate the learning experience at all stages to benefit all students (new students with less exposure to the language).  The program continues to reflect on relevant and age appropriate situations, with respect to topical instruction.  The learning experience focuses on hands-on through class presentational activities and small cooperative projects that can strengthen their learning experience of the language.  This interpretive mode of communication through hands-on is designed to reinforce their interpersonal skills through speaking, listening, and basic reading skills.  In addition to topics covered in the first cycle, a second wave of topics including expressions of preferences, transportations, household items as well as holiday expressions are being offered.  As students advance ion their learning experience, they connect with their community to understand the culture and traditions of the native and target languages.
 
Teaching Materials:
Instructional materials of the program include secure internet websites, audio-visual materials such as movies and short songs written in English and French to support the learning experience.  The teacher provides students with handout materials for their classroom activities such as coloring of items learning.  Students are invited to participate through more resources of their choice such as Euro currency and others.
 
Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
French learning experiences in 6th through 8th Grade is designed with interdisciplinary units that combine all five strands of a language curriculum:  communication, culture, comparisons, connection and communities.  These instructional activities are designed to maximize the student's individual potential.  The core concept of this French learning experience is that language is the medium through which the learner can think, understand and express himself/herself with others.  The guiding principle of the French language instruction is that, the student is called to be proficient in the French language by the time he/she completes his/her high school education.
 
Teaching Materials and Texts:
The French program is a comprehensive introduction to the culture and language at basic level of proficiency.  Real world media such as internet research, we quest, podcast, DVD, newspaper and magazine are used in the French language for motivation and orual and aural proficiency.  The students will be able to read, write, listen and speak French at a basic communicative level in the present and near future.  This helps the student to grow and have an appreciation and develop an awareness of the cross cultural connections.
 
  • French 6-7:
    • Discovering FRENCH nouveau! 1A Bleu Premiere Partie by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette
    • Discovering FRENCH Workbook 1A Bleu by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette
    • Teacher supplemental resources provided as handout or Powerpoint presentations
    • Allon-Y! is a quarterly French and English magazine that features on-level French articles written for beginners.  It compiles comprehensive activities and scaffolding techniques that build new grammar skills and support French language proficiency.  For 6th Grade students, a few activities of Allons-Y magazine are integrated into classroom presentations to improve their understanding of the French language.
    • English/French Dictionary
 
  • French 8:
    • Discovering FRENCH nouveau! 1B Bleu Premiere Partie by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette
    • Discovering FRENCH Workbook 1B Bleu by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette
    • Teacher supplemental resources provided as handout or Powerpoint presentations
    • Allon-Y! is a quarterly French and English magazine that features on-level French articles written for beginners.  It compiles comprehensive activities and scaffolding techniques that build new grammar skills and support French language proficiency.  
    • Pauvre Anne (French Novel)
    • English/French Dictionary