French I

In French 1, students begin to develop competence in four basic skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Whiledeveloping communicative competence in French, students gain and expand their knowledge of francophone countries and cultures. In addition to the default course program, French I include extra alternate lessons, projects, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

Emphasis is placed on learning the present tense, the near future and the past tense in French I through thematically designed units. Topics include home, school, family, holidays, and daily and leisure activities.

  • Unit 1: Students will be introduced to French by learning greetings, the alphabet, numbers, how French has been influenced by other cultures, and how nouns are affected by gender.
  • Unit 2: Students will learn school-related vocabulary words and classroom expressions, the days of the week, months, and time. They will also learn how to conjugate certain verbs.
  • Unit 3: Students will study the French names for family members and possessive adjectives. They will then learn how to describe someone’s hair and eye color and ask questions for information in French.
  • Unit 4: Students will explore the sports and activities of France, the verbs and adverbs of those activities as well as the temperature and seasons in French.
  • Unit 5: Students will learn about colors and expressions, holidays celebrated, stem-changing verbs, and direct-object nouns and pronouns.
  • Unit 7: Students will identify modes of transportation and buildings, use prepositions of place, and conjugate regular and irregular “-re verbs”.
  • Unit 8: Students will learn words that pertain to food and beverages, analyze French cuisine and regional dishes, and use partitive articles and expressions of quantity.
  • Unit 9: Students will identify words pertaining to clothes and parts of the body, gestures and expressions. They will also conjugate reflexive verbs and explain routines in France.
  • Unit 10: Students will examine words pertaining to computers, the Internet, and television. They will also identify direct and indirect objects and replace them with direct and indirect pronouns.
  • Unit 11: Students will learn vocabulary words related to travel, the beach, and trains. They will also examine grammar and words relating to French customs about vacations.

Students develop the ability to:

  • greet and respond to greetings
  • introduce and respond to introductions
  • engage in conversations on several themes
  • express likes and dislikes
  • make requests
  • obtain information
  • understand some ideas and familiar details
  • begin to provide information

By the end of French I, students will:

  • communicate minimally by using short sentences, learned words and phrases, and simple questions and commands when speaking and writing.
  • understand some ideas and familiar details presented in clear, uncomplicated speech when listening.
  • understand short texts enhanced by visual clues when reading. 

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: World Languages
Course Length: Year