"Through learning language, we learn about culture.Through learning about culture, we learn respect for others.Through learning respect for others, we can hope for peace."
Palmer High School
MARGOT.EASTER@MATSUK12.US Room: 1033
Students learn to exchange information in simple terms about topics relating to themselves, their family, and their leisure activities in French. They will be introduced to the culture of French-speaking countries and regions. The emphasis is on vocabulary development and elementary grammatical structures. The main goal of this course is to progress toward a novice-level ability in using French in school and the community.
Our primary text for the year is: D’Accord Level I.
Other sources and materials : Various sources of reading materials, such as novels, short stories, plays, poetry, newspapers, magazines, songs, internet articles, and other publications.
Goals & Expectations
The goal of most people who opt to study a world language is to eventually be able to speak that language. This requires a tremendous commitment from both the student and the teacher: a willingness to work hard consistently and an understanding that without this commitment, language acquisition will not occur.
As the student, your first task is to train yourself to listen attentively in order to comprehend the French that you will hear. Notice the language that is going on around you.
Your second task is to make a great effort to use the language yourself, as much as possible. This is the only way to achieve any kind of fluency in any language, ever. Be prepared to make mistakes. Imagine growing up, hearing English all around you, but never opening your mouth because you were afraid of making a mistake.
Language is a product of a culture. So, beyond learning the language, learning about the rich aspects of Francophone (French-speaking world) culture will be an important part of this class. This may include exposure to new types of music, literature, food, art, and film. This can be greatly rewarding if you are willing to open yourself up to new, different experiences. Please plan to participate, work hard, have homework, make mistakes, and of course, have fun.
I would like to say that I am extremely happy to have you in my class this year! I am looking forward to many good times and a lot of learning – together.
Absences: If you miss a class you need to ask another student what you missed. YOU are responsible for making up work that you missed. If there is a handout/worksheet on a day you are gone, it will be placed in the “Paniers pour les absents” for your class period.
Food/drink: Beverages MUST have a lid. (No cans!) Food needs to be consumed and put away before class starts.
Backpacks: Due to a lack of space in my classroom and safety reasons, all backpacks will have to be stored in your locker during class or they will be placed in the hallway.
Cell phones: NO CELL PHONES UNLESS YOU ARE DIRECTED TO USE IT FOR LEARNING PURPOSES ONLY. Below are the consequences if your phone rings or vibrates in class, if you are sending or receiving text messages, if you are playing video games, or listening to music:
1st consequence: You will receive a verbal warning and will need to put your phone away.
2nd consequence: Your phone will be confiscated and brought to the office at the end of the day.
Respect: You are expected to treat your classmates and Madame Easter with respect and courtesy. If you are disrespecting others, you will be sent to the hallway or to the office. Depending on the severity of the offense, a discipline referral will be sent to administration, as well as a phone call to parents.
Expectations and responsibilities (Rules: the 3 Rs)
1) Respect yourself and others.
2) Be Responsible.
3) Recognize that hard work always pays off.
All school rules apply in this classroom!
French Supplies for Madame Easter’s classes
· Two red pens
· Two blue or black pens
· Two pencils
· One eraser
· One large three-ring binder with five dividers
Binder as a Portfolio
Learning another language takes many years and it is a constant and progressive process, similar to learning how to play an instrument. Therefore, everything that we do in this class is designed to help you acquire proficiency and fluency in French. Students are expected to keep a 3-ring binder specific for use in French class. This binder will have many purposes and is designed to help you with the learning process. There will be times that I will grade binders and there will be other times that students may be allowed to use their binders for certain exams. All notes and relevant other materials can easily be carried over to French II next year.
Grades are based upon work done in class, homework, projects, participation activities, notebook checks, and tests/quizzes. Homework will be explained when assigned, and completion will be verified prior to being corrected. Students are often encouraged to correct their own papers and correct mistakes with a different color marker. Homework grades are often graded on completion. When learning a second language, mistakes are going to be made. These mistakes are a learning tool that will be used in class. Please turn in your work on time. Late work will receive partial credit.
Attendance is crucial when learning a second language. What you miss in class in terms of valuable verbal class work cannot be made up; frequent absences will inevitably affect your success and grade in the class.
Make-up work will only be permitted for excused absences. Students are allowed one day per day absent plus one day to make-up their work and turn it in. For example, if a student is absent for 2 days, he/she has 4 days to make-up any missed work. Let’s say you missed Monday; you have until Wednesday to turn in the work due on Monday. In the event of serious illness or extenuating circumstances, arrangements can be made with me to make-up missed assignments.
Tests and quizzes can only be made-up during PHARM. Students must make arrangements with me for this.
Assessments are divided in two sections.
1) Formative Assessments (30%) are part of the instructional process.
In class participation/ Homework/ Bell Quizzes (daily)
2) Summative Assessments (70%) are given periodically to determine at a particular point in time what students know and do not know.
Quizzes (end of lesson)/ Tests (end of unit)/ Orals/ Projects
It is the student’s responsibility to check his/her grades on I-cue online regularly.
NO NAMES (formative assessments) will receive automatically a "zero".
Extra credit will be offered throughout the semester (example: tutoring, Yule log cake, King Cake, Declamation, etc.) Do not depend on extra credit to significantly raise your grade!
Extra Help: I am available for help during PHARM. Please come and see me if you are having trouble understanding something. I am more than happy to help!
How to be successful in this class?
1-Do participate in class discussions!
2-Do your homework and turn them in on time.
3-Do practice French online (see useful websites at the end of the syllabus).
4-Do come to class ready to learn.
5-Do bring materials to class, we will use the textbook everyday.
6-Do go ask for help to your teacher during lunch time.
7-Don’t miss or be late to class.
8-Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
9-Don’t be shy with your classmates.
10-Don’t speak English in class, the more you speak French, the better you’ll improve.
11-Don’t forget to study regularly.
12-And finally, DON'T EVER GIVE UP!
Check google classroom for monthly planning.
III. Homework and coming up
!!! MAKE SURE TO PRACTICE BEFORE QUIZZES and TESTS !!!
Check your Remind App, Google classroom, or ask your teacher for assignments' deadlines and assessments' dates.
Projects will be assigned for each Unit studied in class.
December 2020/May 2021
Written exam (multiple choice)
Oral exam (poem)
Summative work will be accepted for full credit up until the school-wide semester drop dead dates: December (to be announced), 2020 and May (to be announced), 2021.
Regional/ State Declamation
Dates to be announced