Bienvenu / Bienvenido
East Aurora Foreign Language Department
French / Spanish program
Mr. Mackey Office B117
voice mail 687-2491 ext. 1166
Supplies: A three ring binder, folder with pockets, one subject notebook, pen. A French-English dictionary is recommended but not required.
Homework: If an assignment is covered in class, it can no longer be handed in. If an assignment is collected, it can be handed in until I return it (usually the next day). Otherwise, late work will only be accepted after a student has missed class due to a legal absence. If the student was in school on that day but was absent from class due to a field trip or music lesson, the work is expected to be handed in on time. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with their work and to know what needs to be done.
Making up work after an absence: All work must be completed three days after an absence.
Attendance: Attendance is key to learning a foreign language since most of what we learn is from listening and speaking the language.
Classroom expectations: You are required to think and listen. Be considerate of others. Do your very best. Be prepared - bring your textbook and workbook to class every single day. Be on time. No food is allowed in class - water bottles are allowed. Raise your hand if you want to speak. Cover your textbook and treat it with care as it is very costly and you are responsible for it.
French ll: This course is created for the student who is eager to continue and expand their French language skills. In level ll, basic communication skills acquired in Middle School are expanded upon with more sophisticated vocabulary and grammar. This course uses the textbook Discovery French Blanc- Euro edition, in which the first twenty lessons, five units will be covered. This textbook is accompanied by a workbook that is filled with practice writing, grammar and reading activities. This series also has numerous and various transparencies to teach vocabulary and generate conversations. It has cds to improve listening comprehension and is has a variety of short stories to build up reading skills.
French lll: In this course, the students will review grammar and increase their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. They will converse spontaneously, discuss assigned readings and write short essays. This course uses the the same textbook as French ll, Discovering French Blanc-Euro edition, in which the last sixteen lessons, four units will be covered. This course completes the level two course and is consistent with CHECKPOINT B of the New York State curriculum.
French lV: This course is for the French student who wishes to continue the study of French at a more advanced level. The student will do assigned readings which will include the culture, history and literature of France as well as other French speaking countries. French lV students will continue the study of advanced grammar, read at least one short novel and give presentations in French on various topics.
French V: This AP class is for the student who wants to continue in the advanced study of the French language. Translations from French to English and English to French will be studied. Intricate grammar will be examined. There will be an emphasis on listening comprehension and verbal expression. Various reports on French culture, literature , art and politics will be discussed.
French & Spanish 1: The goal in these two level one courses is to begin to expose students to the language and cultures of the French and Spanish speaking world in order to make them knowledgeable and active participants in a global society. In level one students will begin to learn to use the target language for meaningful communication in both spoken and written forms. The textbooks Bien Dit & En Espagnol are used. These books expose students to French & Spanish as it is used in various real life situations which all adolescents encounter. The four skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking are stressed.
Grading Policy: There will be quizzes given periodically during every single lesson. Grammar, listening and reading tests will be administered after the completion of a unit of study. Homework will be assigned regularly and there will be several listening activities done in class that will be counted into the student average. In addition, a participation grade will be given each quarter. Students are encouraged to participate actively during class.
Homework = 25%
Classwork = 25%
Quizzes = 25%