Bienvenue à la classe de 6ème
Madame Briden: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 6 French is the second year of a two-year Bridge Language Program that was created to ease the transition between Lower School and Middle School French. Classes meet four times a week in Grade 6 (50 minute sessions). During these two years, the students are introduced to a formal instruction of the target language, in which the four skills of communication -reading, writing, speaking, and listening- are taught in an integrated way. The Middle School Language Curriculum implements the National Standards of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. All units of study are planned to reflect these standards. Instructional activities are all based on the purpose of enabling the student to communicate effectively within a cultural context and in three modes: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Major forms of assessment include frequent written quizzes, reading comprehension exercises, skits and oral presentations, special projects, and listening and speaking activities in the language lab.
The following objectives will be achieved in accordance with the philosophy of Lincoln School and its Quaker values, such as investigation, reflection, observation, collaboration, active participation and the exchange and development of ideas.
1. To make connections between Francophone cultures and one's own culture
2. To develop the 4 language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
3. To build a solid base in French grammar, including the conjugation and usage of regular and irregular –er verbs in the present tense.
4. To expand the knowledge of everyday vocabulary and idiomatic expressions
5. To speak French as much as possible to improve fluency
6. To get to know oneself as a language learner by personalizing and applying learning strategies to enhance one's knowledge, attitude and skills
7. To recognize the importance of French as an important and necessary influence in the world today and to appreciate the cultural aspects that relate to the language
8. To practice and perfect, as much as possible, French pronunciation by practicing key phonetic sounds
9. To foster a positive understanding of Francophone culture and history through projects and reports
10. To incorporate Quaker values such as investigation, reflection, observation, collaboration, active participation and exchange of ideas into the learning process
Expectations and Evaluation
This class will be conducted almost entirely in French. You are expected to try to speak French at all times. An active presence, an open mind and thorough and timely preparedness are all important to the final grade. It is expected that you will abide by Lincoln's rules at all times. The final grade is a combination of tests, quizzes (announced and unannounced), skills and project assessments, homework completion, attendance/active and appropriate presence in class and a willingness to use French in the classroom
Homework is an integral part of the curriculum and is a way for students to extend what has been taught and to prepare for the next sequential part of the course. Homework teaches thinking skills and independence in learning and must be completed in a required time. For 6th graders in this French class, homework should not go over 30 minutes (most assignments will take no more than 15-20 minutes). Please jot down the start and end times when doing your homework each night so that I can be sure to not overload you. Homework is due at the beginning of class. I will not track you down for late or missing assignments. This is your responsibility as a student to communicate with me and to know what you need to do.
-if you are absent, check the class web page for any new assignments. You can also email me with any questions - you have 1 week to make up missed assignments or assessments upon returning from an excused absence. Please talk to me to schedule a time
a note on Integrity In accordance with Lincoln School's Handbook, it is expected that all work that you produce is 100% your own.