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    Year 10 French

    Outline: Term 1, 2014


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    1. What is the unit called?


    Au Collège

    2. How long is this unit taught for?


    This unit is planned for the entire term, beginning in Week 3.

    3. What are we looking at/ doing?


    We begin by revising the structures covered in Year 9 French (Units 1- 2 of Encore Tricolore 2). Our focus in Term 1 is school life, and we will exchange information in French about the following:
    • describing our school
    • talking about the subjects we study and our opinions of various subjects
    • describing our morning and afternoon routine during the school term
    • days of the week
    • how we get to school
    • whether or not we learn a musical instrument
    • a typical day during the school holidays
    We look at a number of common structures and expressions within this context, as well as continuing to extend our grammatical knowledge in areas such as forming the negative, irregular verbs and the passé composé (past tense).

    4. What are we trying to achieve?


    Our aim is to further extend your son's understanding of the French language and culture, in ways that would be practical if he were to spend time in a French-speaking country. This year is the second year of elective language study, so your son will continue to have a more individualised program of study than in Stage 4. This ensures that your son has a sound foundation of language skills from which to work in Stage 6 French Continuers.

    We continue to focus on the four skill areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and we try and incorporate all of these skills into each lesson. We also look at a wide range of songs, advertisements and other authentic material, to broaden your son general knowledge of French-speaking countries.

    5. How will we measure success in this unit?


    Download file "10FrAssSchedSem12014.doc"

    There will be three assessment tasks completed over the course of the term:

    a) Small listening and reading comprehension tasks, which revises the vocabulary and expressions introduced in class.

    b) A speaking interview, to consolidate and practice the questions and responses learned.

    c) A cultural assignment on a French-speaking country other than France

    These tasks are all worked on in class, but your son will be asked to devote time at home in learning his speaking dialogue, in revising vocabulary, etc in the time leading up to a comprehension task and in completing his cultural assignment.

    6. Where does homework fit in here?


    Your son will always have homework in French! Generally there will be a written activity to complete after each lesson and he must devote regular time in memorising the vocabulary and structures introduced in class. My suggestion is that he learns no more than 10 words each time.

    7. How can I assist my son?


    Learning a language takes time, but you don't need to know French yourself to be able to assist your son. For example, you can give him a mini vocabulary quiz, where you read out the English and he writes or says the French.

    Talking to your son about French or other French-speaking countries is also really useful. It's important that he realises that for many people in the world, English isn't their first language. Please ask him about the similarities and differences he has learned in how the French and English languages are structured. It would also be helpful to discuss any news items relating to the French-speaking world.

    8. How can you give us feedback?


    You are welcome to give me feedback about this unit. You can email me at ktamming@as.edu.au

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