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French I
World Languages

French I is open to all students in grades 9-12 and is a one year course that yields one credit. This is an elementary course designed for students who have no prior knowledge of French and little or no experience in any other foreign language. The method of instruction is Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling or TPRS. Using physical responses or gestures, students understand the vocabulary and begin to comprehend mini-situations based on everyday activities. Good listening skills are required of the student as the teacher repeats the vocabulary and stories often in order to make it comprehensible. Situations may include greeting and leave taking, personal preferences, shopping, asking and giving directions, making plans with family members or friends, and descriptions of people, places and events. Also, students are encouraged to create imaginative characters, conflicts and resolutions in their stories. Students use the language lab to listen to stories, music or films and to practice telling stories based on cartoon drawings with a partner. Reading stories is another daily activity. In the second semester, students begin to write their own stories.