"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
Before or after school
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.
Unit 1 Salut! (Introduction)
Unit 2 Au lycée (School)
Unit 3 La famille et les copains (Family and friends)
Unit 4 Au café (Food)
Unit 5 Les loisirs (Hobbies)
Unit 6 Les fetes (Holidays)
Unit 7 En vacances (Vacation)
Codes for French 1 classes
Make sure to register in the correct class!
Google classroom: 5gtz7s4
Google classroom: gc5pfi3
(Parents are also welcome to login on Remind to receive regular information about my class such as deadlines, events, etc.)
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.
In addition, language is a product of a culture. So, beyond learning the language itself, 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 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.
PONCTUALITY: Students must be in their assigned seats when the bell rings. If you are late, you must go to the front office to get a pass and provide me with your pass upon return.
PREPARATION: All course work will be completed via Google Classroom (unless otherwise specified). You will be expected to bring your Chromebook to class daily and take it home daily.
CONDUCT: Profanity, inappropriate behavior, and disrespect to fellow peers will not be tolerated in this classroom. 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.
CELLPHONES: NO CELL PHONES UNLESS YOU ARE DIRECTED TO USE IT FOR LEARNING PURPOSES ONLY.
BACKPACK: If you brought your backpack to class, leave it in the hallway! There is a designated backpack area in the hallway (along the wall) where you will be required to stow your bags, to allow for additional space within our desk/class work area.
ATTENDANCE: 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. If you miss a class, excused or otherwise, you will need to log on Google Classroom to see what work you missed. YOU are responsible for making up work that you missed. Don’t hesitate to use Remind to communicate with your teacher!
HALL PASSES: Passes are available upon request. Make sure your teacher knows where you are at all times!
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Plagiarism as well as the use of Google Translate or any other online translators will not be tolerated and will result in a disciplinary referral as well as loss of credit.
FOOD/DRINK: Beverages MUST have a lid. (No cans!) Food needs to be consumed and put away before class starts.
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:
· Your school-issued chromebook computer (Make sure it’s charged!)
· Paper/ pencil
Deadline to turn in late work: END OF QUARTER.
LATE WORK: Points will be deducted if work is not turned in on time.
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
Extra credit will be offered throughout the semester (example: online tutoring, Yule log cake, King Cake, Declamation, etc.) Do not depend on extra credit to significantly raise your grade!
It is the student’s responsibility to check his/her grades on Synergy regularly.
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