Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

Page  of

< French II / Grades 9-12 >

Teacher

Kim Clanet

Email

kclanet@gatewayhs.com

Phone Number

856-848-8200 ext. 584

Course Website

Google Classroom Join Codes

Period 1 - m7wl98

Period 8 - n6d5dgl

Course Description

Bienvenue! Welcome to French! I am very excited to be in class with you this year, to begin to expose a whole new worldview and language. By studying French and exploring the world of the Francophiles, we open ourselves up to a deeper understanding of the world around us as well as making connections to our lives today. French requires much discipline, hard work, and enthusiasm; I encourage you to try your best and to have fun while doing it. I know this course can be challenging, but NEVER hesitate to ask for help. Please come see me or email me the moment you are having trouble with something. That is what I am here for! I am excited to get to know and work with you this year! Welcome (back) to Gateway!

The course focuses on the three modes of communication:

Course Expectations and Assessments

Organization:  The course is divided into thematic units guide by essential questions. Students are expected to lead discussions of the topics in French.

Participation: Activities may begin as teacher-led discussions but mostly end as student- led discussions. Students are given the opportunity to offer opinions and support them, ask questions, ask for clarification, and discuss the material with each other in pairs, small groups, and as an entire class.

Integrated skills: Most class activities are integrated. Example: A lesson may begin with a reading activity in the Interpretive mode, continue with discussion in the Interpersonal mode, add in a listening task in the Interpretive mode, and then culminate with a Written Presentational activity that integrates the reading, listening, and discussion materials. Other times the writing is a pre-reading activity that prepares students for the reading and discussion. A variety of strategies and integrated skills are present throughout the course.

Course Policies

It is expected that students speak French during class.   Daily attendance, homework, assessment and participation will be necessary for success. There will be times when Internet activities, projects and research are assigned.  If you don’t have Internet at home, you may use the computers in the school library.   Students are expected to bring the necessary materials to class.  Homework and projects are due at the assigned time. Though Homework is not graded, it still impacts your grade greatly.  It is imperative to do Homework that is assigned to better prepare you for the course and understanding French language and culture.  Students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity at all times.  Cheating includes but is not limited to copying another student’s work, using outside resources during a test or using an electronic or personal translator on assignments.  Using a translator is the same as plagiarism.  

Required and Recommended Materials

Assistance

I am available for extra help by appointment.  Please email me to set up an appointment.  

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

Class Rules

  1. Be respectful. This is my most important rule. This classroom is a productive, engaging, fun-filled, safe place in which every student can learn. This is only achieved when we are all respectful – to each other, to our environment, to our visitors, and to ourselves. Respect means no calling out or interrupting. Respect means listening to what other people have to say, even when you disagree. Respect means raising your hand to speak. Respect means always doing your best. Respect means making sure that whatever you put your name on is a reflection of the best you can be.

  1. Be responsible. Own your behavior and who you are in this class. This means making sure you use class time for class work, being an advocate for yourself when you do not understand something, and getting all assignments you missed when you were absent. Be an active participant in your learning process.

  1. Be prepared. I expect you to come to class ON TIME and prepared with your textbook (AP), completed homework, French binder, and a pencil. IF YOU ARRIVE LATE: A Student who is not in the classroom when the bell sounds is considered either late.  If you have a pass, please place it on my desk. There is no penalty for arriving late with a pass. The lateness penalty is explained below:

Definition: A student is tardy if he is not inside the classroom when the bell stops ringing and does not have a pass.

  1. Be engaged. I know that it is hard to be “on” all the time and ready to go at every moment. I know there is a lot that going on in your world and my daily 43 minutes with you might not always be top priority. I know French can feel hard! BUT, class time is for class work. Show effort in everything you do and always, always, TRY! Great things come with hard work!

N.B. – If YOU CHOOSE to Break a Rule:

1st Incident – Warning.
2
nd Incident – Final warning, contact with parents/guardians.
3
rd Incident – After school detention, contact with parents/guardians (All detentions will always be given a one-day notice).
4
th Incident – Administrative action.

Language Expectations

It is expected that students speak French during class.  Survivor expressions will be provided at the beginning of the school year.  Daily attendance, homework, assessment and participation will be necessary for success.

Grading System

High School Grading System:

Primary - 60%

Secondary - 30 %

Support - 10%

Missed Assignments

I expect you to take responsibility for make-up work when you are absent. You can always access Google Classroom for your missed assignments.  If it is a paper copy, I will keep extra copies of missed work in your class period’s shelf. If you have any questions about the work that was missed please feel free to ask for help! If you missed a quiz or test it is your responsibility to approach me with a schedule to make them up. Do not hesitate to email with a question:  kclanet@gatewayhs.com

Use of Electronics

There will be NO use of cell phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, mp3 players, cameras, video-recording devices, game systems etc. in class unless specified by the instructor. Students will have the option of either placing their phone in the designated holding area or at the charging station. If the student does not choose one of these options their phone must be away/out of sight (in a backpack, pocket, etc.). Should a student have their cell phone out in class, disciplinary action will be taken.

Technology in the classroom should be used for educational purposes.  Use of electronics for purposes outside of classroom needs will result in disciplinary action.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity at all times.  Cheating includes but is not limited to copying another student’s work, using outside resources during a test or using an electronic or personal translator (Google) on assignments and will result in a “0” grade.

Why a dictionary is not a translator:

Dictionaries are used as an additional resource that should be limited to a last resource.  The students are learning vocabulary and grammar to perform any task in the class without the help of a dictionary.  In reading or listening activities, it is expected that a student try to negotiate the meaning of some words he/she does not know by using context clues.

Why not a translator?  

The idea to use a dictionary is to find the meaning of some words as a last resort when negotiating the meaning.  with the use of a dictionary, the student is learning a new vocabulary word but he/she still needs to apply the grammatical rules that he/she has learned in class or use the meaning to negotiate a larger idea.  With the use of a translator, the student is not making any effort to apply the rules he/she learned in class.  As a result, there is not evidence of mastering the grammar or interpretive skills.  The translator is doing the classwork for the student.

Using the Restroom or Water Fountain

You must raise your hand and ask in French. You must always take the bathroom pass.

Homework

Language acquisition is ongoing.  You will need to practice French outside of the classroom day. Homework should be extra practice for what was being worked on in class not anything new that you need to learn on your own. Learning anything, especially a language that is not your own, takes A LOT of practice. In order to retake a test, all homework must be completed.

Tests

Students are allowed to retake primary assessments once before the next upcoming primary assessment is given. The highest grade earned replaces the lower grades. The grades are not averaged together. In order to retake a test, all homework that has been given must be completed as well as the study guide leading up to the test.