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 .


Français III/IV – Baccalauréat International



Palmer High School


Madame Easter


MARGOT.EASTER@MATSUK12.US                            Room: 1033        


Classroom phone number: (907) 746-8430

Office hours: Fridays from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm 


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!
The goal of most people who opt to study a world language is to eventually be able to speak that language fluently. 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. 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.


Classroom procedures:

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 this semester (unless otherwise specified). Please bring your school-issued chromebook, 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.     


 BACKPACK:  To meet our mitigation standards for this school year, lockers will not be available to students. With that said, you will be required to bring your backpack to each class. There is a designated backpack area in the classroom (along the back 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.

HALL PASSES:  We will be following a strict mitigation plan for hallway use this year. Hall passes will be limited. Restrooms are limited to posted occupancy limits, one student per classroom at a time during class.

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.


  • Cleaning supplies: hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and cleaning cloths are available for teachers/students to use as needed
  • Deep cleaning (tables and other surfaces) occurs after school, and on Fridays
  • Mask: Both students and staff are required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Altered Schedule: Four-day week, three-period school day. Periods 1, 2, 3 meet during one week, followed by periods 4, 5, and 6 the week following. This achieves fewer passing periods and reduces the number of interactions within a building over the course of a week.
  • Food: Food must only be eaten in designated areas (lunch/breakfast areas), not in classrooms
  • Seating charts are required in ALL classes this year. You may not move out of your assigned seat.
  • Staggered lunches: There will be three different lunch blocks this year. Students will need to stay in designated areas.
  • Restrooms: Restrooms are limited to posted occupancy limits, one student per classroom at a time during class.
  • Shared supplies: Should supplies be shared (colored pencils, scissors, etc.), disinfecting will take place after use.
  • Computers: Each of you will have a Chromebook checked out to you. You will be expected to bring your Chromebook to class daily, and take it home daily.
  • No student lockers: As lockers will not be available, students will need to be prepared to bring their backpack with them to class. I will have a designated area to stow your backpack while class is in session.
  • Hallways: Please walk on opposite sides of the hall, no congregating or social groupings

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.

Assessments are divided in two sections.

1) Formative Assessments (30%) are part of the instructional process.

In class/Zoom 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 Synergy regularly.

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!




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?






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