The objectives of this course are to achieve greater proficiency in French in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and to be aware of and sensitive to existing cultural differences. Students will review the material covered in French IA and French IB and will learn more complex French grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and pronunciation. The course is designed to simulate real-life communicative situations, in which the students learn to participate and express themselves. Students will learn vocabulary and language functions pertaining to mealtime, vacations, travel, leisure activities, daily routine, health, shopping, and current events. Students will learn additional irregular verbs, pronominal verbs, the imperfect verb tense, the future verb tense, the conditional verb tense, present participles, direct and indirect object pronouns, relative pronouns, “if” clauses, and an introduction to the present subjunctive. Students are encouraged to take risks to express themselves through communication activities, class projects, and cultural presentations while striving for accuracy in communication.
Prerequisite: G- in French IB, departmental approval, or adequate performance on a placement exam. Open to students in grades 6 through 8.