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Foreign Language | French
French 1 (Beginning French), Part One

Discover the beauty of French, a rich, melodious, and analytical language that encourages critical thinking in the student.

Total classes: 13

Prerequisite: A passion for learning French and excellent time management, this course is fast paced and high energy. It is helpful, but not necessary for the student to have some basic vocabulary.

Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester French or Foreign Language


More than 220 million people speak French on all five continents. Therefore, the ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market. It is a culture that has influenced the Western World, and the Americas, and it is a beautiful and fun language to learn. In Part One of this course, we will learn the French alphabet, accents, numbers 0-1000; greetings, expressions to describe ourselves, where we are from, our nationality, how to tell time, friends, family, tell a date in French, food, seasons, daily activities, verbs être, avoir, faire, regular verbs of 1st group, and personal world.


Week One (09/03/2024): Greetings, course page, course syllabus, and expectations/grading; Unit 1 (Greetings), lesson 1

Week Two ((09/10/2024): Unit 1, lessons 2, 3, 4.

Week Three (09/17/2024): Unit 2 (Friends and family), lessons 5 and 6

Week Four (09/24/2024): Unit 2, lessons 7 and 8

Week Five (10/01/2024): Unit 3 (Food), lessons 9 and 10

Week Six (10/08/2024): Unit3, lessons 11 and 12

Week Seven (10/22/2024): Unit 4 (What do we do?)

Week Eight (10/29/2024): Unit 4

Week Nine (11/05/2024): Unit 4

Week Ten (11/12/2024): Unit 5 (My world)

Week Eleven (11/19/2024): Unit 5

Week Twelve (12/03/2024): Unit 5

Week Thirteen (12/10/2024): Oral presentations

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Discovering French Bleu, by Valette & Valette, ISBN: 0-618-03504-4

We recommend purchasing a used book (BookFinder.com is a good resource).

Homework: Learning a second language is demanding; 30 minutes of study a day is recommended (reading, memorizing, listening activities). The student is expected to prepare before each class by becoming familiar with the grammar points of the week and the vocabulary that will be used in class. The class is an opportunity to complete grammar exercises, comprehension activities, and conversations live with the teacher. Following class, there will be weekly activities to be completed by the student: dictée, a comprehension activity, and a grammar assignment. Finally, at the end of the semester, the student will publish a composition in which he will introduce himself (herself) to the class and describe his/her family and favorite activity. For this end, the student will write 7-10 sentences, and receive a grade for the written composition. The teacher will then record this composition to offer assistance to the student for the oral presentation.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Tuesdays, September 3 to December 10, 2024 (No class Oct. 15, and Nov. 26th)

Starting Time:

11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 AM Central; 9:30 AM Mountain; 8:30 AM Pacific)


4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 PM Central; 2:00 PM Mountain; 1:00 PM Pacific)

Duration: 75 minutes per class

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