• 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade French Curriculum

    Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade students will develop the passive skills of listening and reading as well as the active skills of speaking and writing. The program will further promote the understanding and appreciation of the French culture and its relationship to our own culture. To have students begin using French as a method of communication remains the primary goal.

    I. Student Outcomes and Objectives by the end of eighth grade

    A. Grammar

    1. Students will be able to understand the concept of gender and number.
    2. Students will be able to use nouns and adjectives together, demonstrating correct placement and agreement.
    3. Students will be able to use the present tense of common regular and irregular verbs.
    4. Students will be able to express themselves in phrases and simple sentences utilizing learned vocabularies and demonstrating their understanding of declarative, negative and interrogative sentences.

    B. Pronunciation Skills - Students will refine their skills of pronunciation, stress and intonation, nasal sounds, liason and élision

    C. Culture - Students will develop an awareness of and sensitivity toward the French culture through participation in events such as:

    1. Mardi Gras
    2. International Food Luncheon
    3. Various Festivities
    4. Other appropriate events 

    II. Grammar and Vocabulary Included in the Three Year Sequence

    A. Nouns: Gender and number
    B. Adjectives: Gender and number, position, demonstrative, of quantity (beaucoup, des, tous)
    C. Articles: Definite, indefinite, partitive, with days of the week, in general sense, contractions au, aux, du, des
    D. Pronouns: Subject, stress, direct object, interrogative qui
    E. Prepositions: Simple prepositions and their use, à, de, en, dans, avec, sur, sous, devant, derrière, à côté de, près de, loin de, à gauche de, à droite de
    F. Verb Tenses: Present, near future, recent past, passé composé
    G. Verb phrases/usage: Faire + a partitive article with sports, school subject, hobby and instruments. Weather expressions used with faire
    H. Irregular verbs: Avoir, être, aller, faire, mettre, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir, prendre, boire, lire, dire, venir, partir, dormir, sortir
    I. Numbers: Cardinal (1- one million), ordinal numbers (1st-10th), times of day
    J. Questions: Interrogative expressions, inversion, est-ce que, intonation
    K. Simple stem changing verbs: Present tense of parler, jouer, finir, choisir, vendre, attendre
    L. Adverbs: toujours, souvent, rarement, bien, mal
    M. Vocabulary:

    a. Greetings
    b. Sports
    c. Clothing
    d. Colors
    e. Classroom Objects
    f. Family members
    g. Places within a town
    h. Time
    i. Rooms of the house
    j. Avoir expressions
    k. Days, months, seasons
    l. Weather expressions
    m. Common animals
    n. Foods and table setting
    o. Transportation 

    III. Materials and Resources

    Discovering French, Nouveau-Bleu! Textbook
    Discovering French, Nouveau-Bleu! Workbook
    Discovering French, Nouveau-Bleu! Audio Program
    Discovering French, Nouveau-Bleu! Video Program
    Teacher designed activities

    IV. Methods of Evaluation

    Discovering French, Nouveau-Bleu! Testing Program
    Teacher designed quizzes, tests, projects, notebook checks, and final exams​ 

    "A mouse saved her young from a ferocious cat by barking "bow wow". After the cat ran away, the mouse said to her offspring "See, children, it pays to know a second language". --Tom Bodett