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French I and French II - Mrs. Gansowski

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Extra help availability week of Oct 15-Oct 19
                            LINK 5:1                        LINK 5:2                        After school
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Course information

French I
French I is an introduction to the language.  We begin with a basic introduction to the language and culture.  We will study a variety of topics throughout the year organized into thematic units including...
          *School                   *Family                   *Professions              *House                    *Community
          *Clothing                 *Food                     *Health                       *Calendar                *Nature and Weather
          *Activities                *Travel                   *Sports                       *Music
French I is considered a High School course.  Upon successful completion of the course students earn 1 high school credit.   There is a final exam at the end of the course that counts as 10% of the overall average.  To be successful in the course students must pass the course with a grade of a 65 or above AND pass the final exam with a grade of a 65 or above.  

French II
French II is a continuation of French I.  We discuss many of the same topics as French I but with increased difficulty in vocabulary and language structure.  I am often saying 'review and new' throughout the unit.  We will be looking at thematic units that discuss...
          *Personal Identification      *Restaurant                     *Clothing and Shopping          *Food and Shopping     
          *Daily Routine                     *Earning a Living             *Health and Well-being           *Communications
          *Personal Care                    *Travel                               *Party                                        *Leisure
Upon Successful completion of the course students earn 1 high school credit.  There is a final exam at the end of the course and it is worth 10% of the overall average for the course.  To be successful in the course students must pass the course with an average of 65 or above.    


Also...
I am using Google Classroom to provide information about the course including vocabulary lists, notes, assignments, and homework.  Students should be checking Google Classroom on a daily basis to keep on pace with the course. 

*Students can choose how they would like to organize the information provided in google classroom.  Some suggestions I have made in class are...
          -printing out copies of all sheets and keeping them in a binder organized into thematic units
          -creating electronic files for each thematic unit and saving all sheets to the electronic files for each unit
          -following the chronological posting of information to Google Classroom
          -another method designed by the individual student
Each student should find a method that works for their learning style and stick to it.  Keeping information organized will be EXTREMELY helpful at the end of the school year as we prepare for the final exam.

Grading Policy-per World Languages department
Tests / Projects / Presentations               35%
Quizzes                                                      30%
Participation                                              25%
   (classwork                                   10%)
   (participation in class activities 15%)
Homework                                                 10%

Attributes used in SchoolTool:
A-this indicates that the assignment has not be completed/handed-in due to an absence.  The grade for that assignment is counting as a '0' until the assignment is completed and turned in.
R-this indicates that the assignment needs to be re-done.  The assignment was handed in but was either incomplete or was done incorrectly.  The assignment is given a grade 'as is' until the assignment is re-done and handed back in.  The assignment will then be re-graded and the grade will be updated accordingly.  If the assignment is not completed or corrected and turned back in then the original grade will be the grade for the assignment.
__(blank space)-This indicates that the assignment has not yet been graded.  There is no grade currently being calculated for that assignment and it is not affecting the average in SchoolTool.  This does NOT indicate a grade of a '0'.  
H-this indicates an assignment that has been handed in.  It has not yet been graded but it lets students and parents know that this assignment has been turned in.  This is usually used for a big assignment that might take extended time to grade (ie projects).  The H is not factoring into the student's grade in any way...it is simply a way to indicate for parents that the assignment has been turned in and a grade will be coming.
NH-this is used to indicate that an assignment was due and has not yet been handed in.  This attribute is often used for projects that will take an extended period of time to grade.  This way the parent can know right away that the assignment has not yet been handed in.  This factors into the student's grade as a '0'.  This way parents and students alike can be aware of how not handing in this assignment is negatively affecting the overall average.   



FAQs

*Does spelling count?
The answer to this question is two part...1-It depends on how close you are.  If I am a French-speaking person who speaks no English, would I understand the information you are trying to communicate? and  2-Does your spelling error change the meaning of the word? 

*In SchoolTool what is indicated by an 'A', an 'R', a blank space, an 'H' or an 'NH'?
If there is an "A" for an assignment in SchoolTool this indicates that you were absent when the work was assigned or when the assignment was checked or collected.  There is no credit given for this assignment until it is made up and turned in.  This means that it is affecting your grade the way a '0" would until the assignment is made up.  These assignments must be made up according to the late policy.  

If there is a blank space in SchoolTool this indicates that this assignment has not yet received a grade.  This is not calculated in SchoolTool as a 0, it is not being included in your grade in SchoolTool yet.  

If there is an "R" for an assignment in SchoolTool this means that the assignment has been handed in but is being returned to be redone. This could mean that the assignment was incomplete or was not done correctly.  You will see a grade next to the "R" indicating the grade the assignment receives as it was handed in.  That will remain the grade unless the assignment is completed or corrected and turned back in.

If there is an "H" for an assignment in SchoolTool this means that the assignment has been handed in and that a grade will be coming in the future.  This is a way to let parents know when a major assignment has been turned in even though I haven't been able to finish grading them yet.

If there is an "NH" for an assignment in SchoolTool this indicates that the assignment has not been handed in.  This is used for major assignments that will take an extended period of time to grade yet I want to let parents and students alike know how not handing in the assignment is negatively affecting the overall average.

*Can I go to my locker to get...?
If you ask before the bell rings, I am very likely to say yes.  However, if you ask this question after the bell has rung then the answer is 'no'.  Class time is too valuable for you to miss it by being at your locker.  This means that if you forget your homework in your locker and you don't ask if you can go get it until after the bell rings you will not be allowed to get it and it will be considered late. Come to class on time and prepared to learn.

*Can I hand this in late?
Of course!  Learning a language takes a lot of practice.  The work we do is designed to give you the practice you need to learn how to communicate using the targeted vocabulary or skill.  If you forget to do homework or didn't finish something by the given due date it is still a good idea to complete the assignment in order to practice that vocabulary or skill.  However if an assignment is late it will not receive full credit.  It will be graded according to the late policy. 



Resources
www.larousse.fr-online dictionary 
www.wordreference.com-for looking up words and phrases French-English or English-French
www.lemonde.fr-French newspaper for information in French about what is going on in France and around the world
www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook-The World Factbook for information about countries all over the world
www.quizlet.com-website to help practice the language.  Make flashcards or use pre-existing flashcards to practice vocab., play games to practice vocab or grammar
www.duolingo.com-practice with French vocabulary and grammar