High School French 4/5

Grades 10-12+1High school students may be awarded 1 Language credit upon completion of this course.

his course is designed for fourth year students who have acquired the vocabulary and grammar skills to begin reading authentic French literature and listening to media produced by native French speakers. The class is conducted primarily in French, and will include oral presentations, conversation practice, and discussions of literature. Upon completion of this course, students are able to summarize and analyze a French text and convey complex information in spoken French.

The class includes 30 hours of live online instruction per semester. Each week, a challenging grammar topic that has not been mastered in French III will be revisited.  More practice will be given on the use of the subjunctive mood, the passive voice, pronouns and prepositions.  Students will learn the literary tenses to facilitate reading higher level texts. These skills will be reinforced through homework assignments.  Students will study French grammar using French grammar texts.

Each week, students will be assigned to read either a short story, poem, newspaper/magazine article, or a passage from a novel. Live class sessions will focus on oral reading of the weekly reading assignment for continual improvement in French diction and pronunciation followed by discussion of the reading.  Weekly “Dictées” will test students ability to understand grammatically complex French passages. Knowledge of French punctuation, vocabulary, and orthography will be put to the test. 

During the course of the week, students will have one hour of assigned French media to watch or listen to independently for reinforcement of aural comprehension.  These will cover a broad range of topics:  short stories, news programs, grammar lessons, cooking shows, etc.  As part of their weekly assignments, student will prepare a 5-minute oral presentation in French to summarize the hour of media they watched during the week.  This talk is to be ready to be delivered in class the week following the assigned viewing.

In addition to the weekly comprehension questions, written reflections, and notes on the assigned readings, students complete three larger projects over the course of the year: a three-page fictional story, a three-page literary analysis, and a brief podcast on a teacher-approved topic. 

High School French 4 is designed for students who have completed CLRC High School French 3 or are proficient in most verb tenses, have been introduced to the subjunctive, and are able to read and write in French independently.

Students are encouraged to take the National French Exam and are provided with practice questions and support to prepare for the exam.

High school students may be awarded 1 Language credit upon completion of this course.

Prerequisites: French 3 at CLRC or by permission of instructor