French 3/4 IB

Français 3/4/5 IB

"Learning to speak another's language means taking one's place in the human community. It means reaching out to others across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Language is far more than a system to be explained. It is our most important link to the world around us. Language is culture in motion. It is people interacting with people."Sandra Savignon Communicative Competence: Theory and Classroom Practice.Reading, MA Addison Wesley, 1983, p. 187 .


I. French Level IB SL/HL


In the course of language study, the following belief is essential: language and culture are inseparable.


Essential Questions in French IB


1. How can I express myself with others in French?

2. How can I develop my understanding of the nature of language?

3. How can I develop my understanding and appreciation of the Francophone world?

4. Are words alone sufficient for communication?

5. How does studying another culture make an individual understand and appreciate our own?

6. What roles do language and culture play in shaping society?

7. How has colonization by the French affected the cultures of the Francophone world?

8. How can we compare and contrast urban and rural cultures in Francophone countries and here in the US?

9. How do languages and cultures evolve?

10. What roles do language and culture play in global issues?








Français III/IV/V – Baccalauréat International




Palmer High School


Madame Easter


MARGOT.EASTER@MATSUK12.US                            Room: 1033        


Course Description


The course objective is to enable students to achieve a high level of proficiency in the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course is conducted completely in French, except where necessary to clarify grammatical explanations. Students are also required to participate in a variety of cultural activities both within and beyond the classroom.


Course Objectives


1. To have students become proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, in preparation for the IB Exams (and AP ® French Language Exams).

2. To enrich the students’ cultural knowledge and experience with the francophone world.

3. To attain proficiency in the French language in accordance with the National Standards.



Our primary text for the year is: Imaginez: le Français sans frontière.

Other sources and materials :

1.         Trumper, Christine. Israel, John. French B. IB Diploma Programme. Oxford University Press.

2.         Released IB Exams

3.         Various sources of reading materials, such as novels, short stories, plays, poetry,

            newspapers, magazines, songs, internet articles, and other publications.


Types of Assignments: in response to audio, visual and printed stimuli.

Written communication Oral communication


Letters (formal and informal), presentations, journal entries, paired conversations, newspaper articles, round table discussions, reviews of films, concerts, interviews,

opinion pieces, ads, debates, brochures, etc.


Ici, nous parlons Français!


Class participation is crucial. Your progress will depend on your participation in class! Interaction with classmates will be encouraged. Come prepared. Study the vocabulary ahead of time.


Classroom procedures:


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

· Paper


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.




You will be evaluated in the following areas:


1) Written quizzes

2) Written and oral tests

3) Written and oral finals

4) Homework

5) In-class assignments

6) Group and individual projects and presentations

7) Class participation


The grade distribution is as follows:


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  automatically receive a "zero".  


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.


LATE WORK POLICY: 2 points will be deducted per day; after a week, work will be 50% off. Some projects, assigned weeks in advanced (such as the semester project) will not be accepted late! Deadline to turn in late work: END OF QUARTER.


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!


Useful websites




Monthly planning available on google classroom.




Do you need to review grammar, vocabulary, linkwords? Check out those websites and PRACTICE!!!

1) Browse the QUIA, QUIZLET, MEMRISE, and CONJUGUEMOS sites for review of grammar and usage.


2) Try these links for more practice on grammar , usage, reading comprehension

[[@éeEtrangers.htm]] Reading Comp Letters Letters logical connectors – a coherent text Go to the section on Les Connecteurs Argumentation and choose any exercise there that helps you to remember and use logical connectors in your argument. Bonjour de France est un « cyber-magazine » éducatif gratuit contenant des exercices, des tests et des jeux pour apprendre le français.


II. Planning

Check google classroom.

III. Homework and coming up quizzes/tests!!!

Check google classroom.

IV. Projects

V.Final exams


VI. Deadlines


Summative work will be accepted for full credit up until the school-wide semester drop dead dates: Coming up.


VII. Events







Tutoring: we are always looking for tutors if you wish to receive extra credit points.

(When? during PHARM time)


VIII. Websites, power points used in class.

Check google classroom.

IX. FRENCH IB SL/HL candidates

Suggested instructional resources and texts


Imaginez, Le Français sans frontières, Mitschke, 2008


TV5 (television from the Francophone world)


Radio France Internationale (RFI) (listening experiences


From French radio)


authentic materials from a variety of print publications, including


Le Figaro, Clés de l’actualité, Paris-Match, France-Amérique


activities from




Study the following picture (15 minutes), present (record your voice for 6-8 minutes), and email your recording to Mme Easter Please, check with your teacher to make sure she has received your recording.




Practice IB French vocabulary with the website below when finished recording your presentation.




Suggested grammar themes


A complete review of French grammar is enforced in context to facilitate a greater understanding of communication.


  1. the present and the imperative

  2. the compound past

  3. the imperfect

  4. the past perfect

  5. the simple past (literary and conversational)

  6. the noun and the adjective

  7. the articles

  8. the comparative and the superlative

  9. negation

  10. interrogation

  11. the personal pronouns

  12. the reflexive verb

  13. the infinitive

  14. the future and the future perfect

  15. the conditional and the past conditional

  16. the subjunctive

  17. the possessives

  18. the relative pronouns

  19. the demonstratives

  20. indirect discourse

  21. the passive voice

  22. participles

  23. the complex sentence (usage of various conjunctions)

Suggested readings


Amélie Nothomb, Stupeur et Tremblements


Mariama Bâ, Une si longue lettre


Gabrielle Roy, Rue Deschambault


Eugène Ionesco, La Cantatrice Chauve


Azouz Begag, Le Gone de Chaâba, Un Mouton dans la Baignoire, La Guerre des Moutons


Tristan et Yseut, La mort


Corneille, Le Cid


Racine, Bérénice


Beaumarchais, Le mariage de Figaro


Musset, Les caprices de Marianne


Dumas, Les trois Mousquetaires


Maupassant, Farce normande, L’Enfant et autres histoires de famille


Camus, L’étranger, Le Malentendu


Prévert, Pour toi mon amour


Tournier, Les fiancés de la plage


Senghor, To a dark girl in Poèmes perdus


Molière, L’avare, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme


Balzac, Le père Goriot, La comédie humaine


La Fontaine, Le loup et l’agneau


Montesquieu, Les lettres persanes


Voltaire, Candide


George Sand, La mare du diable


Aimé Césaire, Cahier du retour au pays natal


Nina Bouraoui, Garçon manqué


Rabelais, Gargantua


Cocteau, Les Enfants terribles


Assia Djebar, L’amour, la fantasia, Oran, langue morte


Chamoiseau, Chemin d’école


Rousseau, Les confessions


Chateaubriand, Mémoires l’Outre-Tombe


Hugo, Les Misérables, Notre-Dame de Paris


Colette, La maison de Claudine


Simone de Beauvoir, Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée


Apollinaire, La cravate et la montre


Baudelaire, Les fleurs du mal


Le Clézio, Désert, La Ronde, Mondo et autres histoires


Nancy Huston, Nord perdu


Sartre, Huis clos, Les Mots


Stendhal, Le rouge et le noir


Annie Ernaux, la place, Une femme


Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Correspondance


Prosper Mérimée, Mateo Falcone


Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse


Maryse Condé, Moi, Tituba, sorcière