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Unit 1 Syllabus

Here is the syllabus for unit 1.pdf

jour A

jour B

Objectifs

Plan du Jour

Examens

(A/B) le 19 août

 

7th grade day

 

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  • I can greet and say goodbye to someone properly in multiple ways.
  • I can introduce myself in two different ways.
  • I can understand the French alphabet

(1) Rules & Disclosure Document. Registering on websites. Filling out getting to know you sheet. Learn about CANVAS, vocabulary quizzes, writing and other projects. Learn about behavior

CULTURE: Trying Things: https://goo.gl/B6R9ja

 

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  • I can ask “What is your name?” in two different ways.
  • I can ask “How are you?” in multiple ways.
  • I can tell how I am feeling in multiple ways.
  • I can understand classroom commands.
  • I can say the French alphabet

(2) Review introductions. Classroom commands. Writing name in French. Talking about feelings and how you are doing. Learn about passports, and review rules and procedures from last class.

CULTURE: Pink Panther – Learning French http://goo.gl/4IjBJl

Rules quiz

 

Greetings Vocabulary

 

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  • I can tell where I am from, where I live, and give my nationality.
  • I can ask properly “Where are you from?” “Where do you live? and “What’s your nationality?”
  • I can explain how written accents change pronunciation. I can list the French accents.

(3) Review commands. “Jacques a dit”. Review Intros (F/I). Alphabet. Talk about nationalities and where people live that speak French. Learn about accents. Reading and listening practice.

CULTURE: TU OR VOUS https://goo.gl/2AAamy

 

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  • I can count from 0-10.
  • I can count from 11-20.
  • I can say how old I am.
  • I can ask how old someone is.
  • Be able to have a short conversation.
  • I can give/ask phone number

(4) Go over #'s. Practice and review nationalities. Learn months, days of week. Review alphabet and accents. Learn how to give and ask the age of someone. Record passport. Listening to a conversation practice.

CULTURE: Reading : As-tu peur ?

Listening quiz
(NL.IL.1-2, NM.IL.2)

 

 

Commands Vocabulary

 

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  • I can count to 30 to say a date.
  • I can tell how people greet someone they know and don’t know.
  • I can list some of the places they speak French and say some of the monuments.

(5) French geography. Landmarks and monuments. Learn #’s 0-31. Practice dates, holidays, birthdays. Benefits of learning a foreign language. Talk about la bise and review conversations.

CULTURE: French Faux Pas http://goo.gl/fTIZ29

Passport 1 – Basic introduction (NL.IC.1-3)

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La Fête du Travail

Labor Day 

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  • I can name some holidays in France.
  • I can say a variety of dates, including the first of a month.
  • I can ask “What is today’s date?”
  • I can say my birthday.
  • I can ask “What is your birthday?”

(6) Review giving dates. Review months and days of the week. Learn and practice giving your birthday. Talk and learn about some of the French-speaking holidays. Compare calendars. Play date BINGO. Reading practice.

CULTURE: Reading: Attendez-moi

Nationalities quiz
(NL.PW.1)

 

 

Numbers 0-20 Vocabulary

 

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  • I can describe basic weather.
  • I can name all four seasons.
  • I can have an extended conversation.

(7) Review commands. Lotto. Learn and practice the expressions for basic weather. Read and study “La Cigale et la Fourmi.” Speed sharing game with introductions. Play birthday BINGO.

CULTURE: Why Learn French? https://goo.gl/0TDlcV

Reading quiz

(NL.IR.1)

 

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  • I can describe the temperature in Celsius.
  • I can describe the weather in various places.
  • I can use different greetings at different times of the day.

 

(8) Review greetings and introductions. Review classroom commands. Review numbers and letters. Extend weather understanding to include temperatures. Create weather maps or write out a weather forecast to review days of the week, seasons, and months. Talk about the times of day.

CULTURE: Sing a song http://goo.gl/BXHE1R

Passport 2 – Getting to know you (NM.IC.1)

 

 

Feelings & Nationalities Vocabulary

 

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  • I can create a presentation on weather, holidays, and countries.
  • I can count from 31-60.

 

(9) Work on their term 1 presentations. Create a presentation to share with the class next time about weather, French-speaking countries, and holidays. Practice and learn some bigger numbers.

CULTURE: Flooding in Paris https://goo.gl/g9HZcL

Weather quiz

(NL.PW.1)

 

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Unit One Review. Flashcard Flyswatter, License Plates, Online Practice, Tell the Weather

Weather, holiday, and country presentations (NL.PS.1, N.CP.1, N.CIA.1)

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Unit 1 Exam

Quizlet

Vocabulary

Unit 1 – Vocabulary List pdf

Questions | Answers | Feelings | Numbers | Nationalities | Weather & Seasons | Days of the Week | Months | Alphabet | Accents | Classroom Commands | Greetings

I. Questions
1-How is it going?
2-How do you feel?
3-How old are you?
4-Are you (NATIONALITY)?
5-Where are you from?
6-How are you called?
7-How’s the weather?
8-What’s the date?
9-When is…(holiday)?
10-When is your birthday?
11-What is your phone number?
12-How is that spelled?

I. Questions
1-Comment allez-vous? Comment Ça va?
2-Comment tu te sens?
3-Quel âge avez-vous?
4-Tu es de quelle nationalité?
5-D’où viens-tu? ou D’où es-tu ?
6-Comment t’appelles-tu?
7-Quel temps fait-il?
8-Quelle est la date?
9-Quand est (Noël)?
10-C’est quand ton anniversaire?
11-Quel est ton numéro de téléphone ?
12-Ça s’écrit comment ?

II. Answers
1-I am going…
2-I feel…
3-I have … years.
4-I am (NATIONALITY).
5-I am from…
6-I call myself…
7-The weather is…
8-Today is…
9-(Holiday) is…
10-My birthday is…
11-My phone number is (08-11-36-45).
12-That is spelled…

II. Réponses
1-Je vais…
2-Je me sens…
3-J’ai ( # ) ans.
4-Je suis (nationalité)
5-Je viens de… ou Je suis de…
6-Je m’appelle…
7-Il fait…
8-Aujourd’hui, c’est le # [mois]
9-Noël est…
10-Mon anniversaire est le # [mois]
11-Mon numéro de téléphone est…
12-Ça s’écrit…

III. Feelings/Emotions
1-well
2-poorly
3-so so
4-very (well, poorly)
5-sad
6-happy
7-tired
8-excited
9-bored

III. Sentiment/Emotion
1-bien
2-mal
3-comme ci comme ça
4-très
5-triste
6-content(e)
7-fatigué(e)
8-enthousiaste
9-ennuyé

IV. Numbers 0-100
1-One
2-Two
3-Three
4-Four
5-Five
6-Six
7-Seven
8-Eight
9-Nine
10-Ten  
11-Eleven
12-Twelve 
13-Thirteen
14-Fourteen
15-Fifteen
16-Sixteen
17-Seventeen
18-Eighteen
19-Nineteen
20-Twenty  
30-Thirty
40-Forty
50-Fifty 
60-Sixty
70-Seventy
80-Eighty
90-Ninety
100-One hundred

IV. Chiffres 0-100
1-un
2-deux
3-trois
4-quatre
5-cinq
6-six
7-sept
8-huit
9-neuf
10-dix  
11-onze
12-douze 
13-treize
14-quatorze
15-quinze
16-seize
17-dix-sept
18-dix-huit
19-dix-neuf
20-vingt  
30-trente
40-quarante
50-cinquante 
60-soixante
70-soixante-dix
80-quatre-vingt
90-quatre-vingt-dix
100-cent

V. Nationalities
1-American
2-Canadian
3-Mexican
4-Russian
5-Japanese
6-European
7-African
8-Swiss
9-German
10-French
11-English
12-Belgian
13-Italian

V. Nationalités
1-américain
2-canadien
3-mexicain
4-russe
5-japonais
6-européen
7-africain
8-suisse
9-allemand
10-français
11-anglais
12-belge
13-italien

VI. Weather & Seasons
1- Winter
2-Spring
3-Summer
4-Autumn/Fall
5-It is snowing.
6-It is cloudy.
7-It is raining.
8-It’s nice out.
9-It is hot
10-It is cold.
11-It is sunny.
12-It is windy.

VI. Météo et Saisons
1- l’hiver
2-le printemps
3-l’été
4-l’automne
5-Il neige.
6-Il est nuageux.
7-Il pleut.
8-Il fait beau.
9-Il fait chaud.
10-Il fait froid.
11-Il fait du soleil.
12-Il fait du vent.

VII. Days of the Week
1-Sunday
2-Monday
3-Tuesday
4-Wednesday
5-Thursday
6-Friday
7- Saturday

VII. Jours de la semaine
1-dimanche
2-lundi
3-mardi
4-mercredi
5-jeudi
6-vendredi
7- samedi

VIII. Months
1-January
2-February
3-March
4-April
5-May
6-June
7-July
8-August
9-September
10-October
11-November
12-December

VIII. Mois
1-janvier
2-février
3-mars
4-avril
5-mai
6-juin
7-juillet
8-août
9-septembre
10-octobre
11-novembre
12-décembre

IX. Alphabet
*On separate sheet

IX. Alphabet
*Sur une page séparée

X. Accents
1-acute accent
2-low accent
3-circumflex accent
4-diaresis
5-cedilla

X. Accents
1-accent aigu
2-accent grave
3-circonflexe
4-tréma
5-cédille

XI. Classroom Commands
1-Sit down
2-Quiet down
3-Take out a sheet of paper
4-Stand up
5-Turn off the lights
6-Turn on the lights
7-Take out your homework
8-Exchange papers
9-Turn in your papers
10-Speak French/English/Spanish
11-Raise your hand
12-Look at the board
13-Read the book
14-Write the date
15-Open the book
16-Close your workbook
17-Find a partner

XI. L’impératif
1-asseyez-vous
2-calmez-vous
3-sortez une feuille de papier
4-levez-vous
5-éteignez la lumière
6-allumez la lumière
7-sortez vos devoirs
8-échangez les papiers
9-rendez les papiers
10-parlez Français/Anglais/Espagnol
11-levez la main
12-regardez le tableau
13-lisez le livre
14-écrivez la date
15-ouvrez le livre
16-fermez vos cahiers
17-trouvez un partenaire

XIII. Greetings
1-hi & bye
2-hello
3-goodbye
4-see you later
5-see you (Monday)
6-good morning
7-good evening
8-good night

XIII. Faire la connaissance
1-salut
2-bonjour
3-au revoir
4-à plus
5-à (lundi)
6-bon matin
7-bonsoir
8-bonne nuit

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Practice - On va pratiquer!

conversation listening reading presentation writing

Conversations | Listening | Reading | Presenting | Writing

Listening: Classroom Commands | Time | Numbers | Dates | Nationalities | Weather

Select a topic for practice based on what you are studying in class or need help on.

 

 

homework tracking sheet

Link to Homework Sheet

Canvas

Link to Canvas - to submit your work!

Canvas Join Code: 3HBMML or follow url: https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/3HBMML

 

Reading -- Alphabet, Accents, & Pronunciation

PRACTICE 1:

Well it is time to learn the alphabet. The alphabet is the writing system of the language. It is a symbolical representation of what is said. Many languages seem to have a really reliable writing system, that matches extremely well with the spoken language. Unfortunately for us, French does not.

The French language is descended from Latin and first appeared in writing in 842 AD when it was used in the Strasbourg Oaths. Before then Latin was the language used for literature throughout Europe. During the 10th and 11th centuries, French appeared in a number of documents and religious writings, but French literature didn't start to take off until the late 12th / early 13th century. The first great work of French literature was the 'Chanson de Roland' (Song of Roland), which was published in about 1200.

French is based on a 26 letter Latin alphabet. French has had a history of orthographic problems, which come out of the conflict between its essentially eight hundred year old writing system and its modern phonology. In other words, the conservative spelling rules for French are simply out of touch with its modern pronunciation, and, as a result, it is almost impossible to determine the spelling of a word solely based on its sound (on the other hand, one can generally determine sound based on spelling in French). There have been a few attempts to reform French spelling over the centuries, but little progress has been made so far. (The French Writing System, 2005)

The French Alphabet & Accents:


A a

B b

C c

D d

E e

F f

[ɑ]

[be]

[se]

[de]

[ə]

[ɛf]

G g

H h

I i

J j

K k

L l

M m

[ʒe]

[aʃ]

[i]

[ʒi]

[ka]

[ɛl]

[ɛm]

N n

O o

P p

Q q

R r

S s

[ɛn]

[o]

[pe]

[ky]

[ɛʀ]

[ɛs]

T t

U u

V v

W w

X x

Y y

Z z

[te]

[y]

[ve]

[dubləve]

[iks]

[igʀɛk]

[zɛd]


In addition to the 26 letters, French has 5 accents:

é accent aigu, which says "a" like in able, ankle, or angry. Also aigu is only ever found over the E in French.

è accent grave, which says "eh" like in end, envelope, enemy, or empty. This accent is found over the A, E, and U. It only changes the sound of the E though. Over the A and U it is used to distinguish between two words that are homographs (ou - or, and où - where).

ç cédille, which makes the "s" sound like sand, silk, or sweet. It never comes before E or I, because C always says "s" before those vowels. In front of other vowels, however, it changes the hard C (cake, cat, candy) to a soft C or "s" sound.

ë tréma, which says "a" like way, pay, day, or hay. Also known as the dieresis, can be found on the E, I, or U. It makes you pronounce both vowels that are together (naïve, Saül, Noël, canoë).

ê accent circonflexe, which says "a" like aim or ate. It can be over the A, E, I, O, or U. Again, it only changes the sound of the vowel E. Otherwise it appears in words that used to have an S (forêt, hôpital, hôtel), and for homographs (du - from the, and dû - should).

Alphabet & Accent Practice

See if you can write the following French words as they are spelled aloud.

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Speaking

PRACTICE 2:

French pronunciation is something that you will continually work on and seek to master. Do not feel like you have to understand it all right now. This is just an overview to help you see what is there. Use it as a reference guide and nothing more. It will not be part of your mastery quiz!

French Pronunciation Guide

French Alphabet Song by a Child

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Listening

PRACTICE 3:

For this objective, you need to practice your listening. You should be able to understand when certain information is presented to you. The more you practice listening the better. Try closing your eyes and picturing the words that are spoken out loud.

Jacques a dit

Listen and practice the French version of Simon says at home with the following video.

 

Following Instruction - Commands

PRACTICE 4:

Write what you think the command means:

  1. Sortez un stylo!




  2. Regardez la carte!




  3. Levez-vous!




  4. Lisez!




  5. Allez au tableau!




  6. Écoutez!




  7. Travaillez!




  8. Parlez français!




  9. Asseyez-vous!




  10. Prenez un cahier!




Following commands flashcards

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Basic Information:

PRACTICE 5:

For the following videos, practice your listening by watching and then answering the questions that follow after. Dates, weather, nationalities, and time are all part of this.

Time:

Telling Time

Here are some fun games for review of time. Click on the clock to go to the link.

Horloge jeu Hangman Vocabulaire

To tell the time start off by saying il est('it is'), then give the hour e.g. trois, then say heures ('hours'), or heure if it's 1 o'clock, and finally give the number of minutes. Instead of saying quinze and trente you have the choice of saying et quart and et demie to mean 'quarter past' and 'half past' Here are some examples.

  • il est une heure cinq - it's 1.05
  • il est deux heures dix - it's 2.10
  • il est trois heures quinze - it's 3.15
  • il est trois heures et quart - it's quarter past three
  • il est quatre heures vingt - it's 4.20
  • il est cinq heures vingt-cinq - it's 5.25
  • il est six heures trente - it's 6.30
  • il est six heures et demie - it's half past six

Moins

In English we often talk about how many minutes there are until the hour, for example 'twenty to six' instead of 5.40. This happens in French too. The word moins ('minus') is used to represent this as in the examples below:

  • il est deux heures moins cinq - it's five to two
  • il est trois heures moins dix - it's ten to three
  • il est trois heures moins quinze - it's fifteen to three
  • il est trois heures moins le quart - it's quarter to three
  • il est quatre heures moins vingt - it's twenty to four
  • il est cinq heures moins vingt-cinq - it's twenty-five to five

24 hour clock

This works in just the same way, except you can't use et quart, et demie or moins le quart. But we don't say half past thirteen in English either. Here are some examples.

  • il est treize heures cinq - it's 13.05
  • il est quatorze heures dix - it's 14.10
  • il est quinze heures quinze - it's 15.15
  • il est seize heures vingt - it's 16.20
  • il est dix-sept heures vingt-cinq - it's 17.00
  • il est zéro heure - it's 00.00

À means 'at'.

  • j'arrive à trois heures cinq - I arrive at 3.05
  • le match commence à huit heures moins le quart - the match starts at quarter to eight
  • le magasin ferme à neuf heures et demie - the shop closes at half past nine

Avant / après

  • Avant means 'before' and après means after.

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Numbers - Here is a fun number song.

PRACTICE 6:

Numbers 0-billion:

Giving your age:

You might be asked the question quel âge as-tu? which means 'how old are you?' (literally 'what age have you?) In English when saying your age you say what you are, for example 'I am thirteen'. In French you say what you have. This means we use the verb avoir ('to have') when talking about ages. The French word an means 'year', and so ans means 'years'.

Quel âge as-tu?

j'ai six ans
j'ai onze ans
j'ai dix-huit ans

tu as deux ans
il a neuf ans
Carole a seize ans
nous avons dix-sept ans
vous avez dix-huit ans
Philippe et Pierre ont quatorze ans
elles ont vingt ans

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Dates:

When discussing dates, you combine days of the week, months, and numbers. The exception is when saying the first of a month, use the word "premier" instead of un.

May 15th - le quinze mai

June 4th - le quatre juin

September 1st - le premier septembre

To give the date you simply say the day, then the masculine word for 'the', which is le , followed by the number and the month.

dimanche, le six avril
lundi, le douze juin
mercredi, le dix-neuf août
jeudi, le vingt-sept octobre
vendredi, le trente décembre

*note: days of the week and months are NOT capitalized in French.

Birthdays

Someone might ask you quelle est la date de ton anniversaire? which means 'what is the date of your birthday?'. You answer by saying mon anniversaire est le. then give the date.

Jean: Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?
Tina: Mon anniversaire est le quatorze mai.

Special days - To learn more about les fêtes or holidays, follow the link.

 

Days of the week:

Months of the year:

 

Basic Information Practice

See if you can write the following information that you hear spoken aloud. Write your answers in French.

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Nationalities:

PRACTICE 7:

Another way of talking about where you are from is to say your nationality. Look at the sentences below.

Tu es espagnol? Are you Spanish?
Je suis français. I'm French.
Vous êtes américaine? Are you American?
Je ne suis pas canadien. I am not Canadian.

As much as I would like to list every language and nationality in the world, it's simply not possible. Without meaning any offense to anyone whose country/language is not listed, here are some you might recognize. I have also included the languages spoken by these people. Click on the word to hear it spoken aloud.

For extra fun, try this test to see if you have mastered language and nationality rules in French!

Country/Continent

Capital

Nationality*

Language**

Africa

n/a

Africain(e)

 

Algeria

Algiers

Algérien(ne)

l'arabe, le français

Asia

n/a

Asiatique

 

Australia

n/a

Australien(ne)

l'anglais

Belgium

Brussells

Belge

le flamand, le français

Brazil

Brasilia

Brésilien(ne)

le portugais

Canada

Ottowa

Canadien(ne)

le français, l'anglais

China

Beijing

Chinois(e)

le chinois

Egypt

Cairo

Égyptien(ne)

l'arabe

England

London

Anglais(e)

l'anglais

Europe

n/a

Européen(ne)

 

France

Paris

Français(e)

le français

Germany

Berlin

Allemand(e)

l'allemand

India

New Delhi

Indien(ne)

l'hindi (plus many others)

Ireland

Dublin

Irlandais(e)

l'anglais, l'irlandais

Italy

Rome

Italien(ne)

l'italien

Japan

Osaka

Japonais(e)

le japonais

Mexico

Mexico City

Mexicain(e)

l'espagnol

Morocco

Rabat

Marocain(e)

l'arabe, le français

Netherlands

Amsterdam

Néerlandais(e)

le néerlandais

Poland

Warsaw

Polonais(e)

le polonais

Portugal

Lisbon

Portugais(e)

le portugais

Russia

Moscow

Russe

le russe

Senegal

Dakar

Sénégalais(e)

le français

Spain

Madrid

Espagnol(e)

l'espagnol

Switzerland

Bern

Suisse

l'allemand, le français, l'italien

United States

Washington, DC

Américain(e)

l'anglais

Nationality Website

pdfLes Nationalités Handout

* For nationalities, the proper noun and adjective are exactly the same, except the proper noun is capitalized, while the adjective is not. The (parentheses) indicate the additional letters to make the proper noun or adjective feminine. Note that the masculine adjective for many countries is spelled and pronounced just like the languages.

** This is just a guide. Obviously some countries have speakers of many languages, but only the main ones are listed. Note that the names of languages are always masculine and are not capitalized.

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For practice you need to be able to listen to an order or command, understand what is said, and then follow it. Here is a great website: http://frenchtasticpeople.com/commands/commands_fjmatch1.htm

Nationalities Practice Quiz

Write the following nationalities in French. Be sure to make them masculine, feminine, or plural depending on the subject of the sentence. (i.e. Elle est américaine)

  1. Julie est (French)

  2. Michael est (English)

  3. Thomas et Pierre sont (Spanish)

  4. Anne est (Mexican)

  5. Sébastian est (French)

  6. Jean-Luc et Tiffany sont (Canadian)

  7. Bob est (American)

  8. Elaine est (Swiss)

  9. Tiffany et Mélanie sont (Belgian)

  10. Henri et Patrick sont (German)

Instructions & Nationalities Listening Practice

See if you can write the following information that you hear spoken aloud. Write your answers in French.

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Weather & Seasons -- Le temps et les saisons

PRACTICE 8:

Weather PPT: pdf

Weather Game

La Météo

temps jeu

La météo

 

Weather Vocabulary

How's the weather? 

Quel temps fait-il ?

It is...

 

Il fait...

 

 

hot

 

chaud

 

cold

 

froid

 

cool

 

frais

 

nice out

 

beau

 

bad weather

 

mauvais

 

humid

 

humide

 

heavy

 

lourd

 

windy

 

du vent

 

sunny

 

du soleil

 

foggy

 

du brouillard

 

cloudy

 

nuageux

 

stormy

 

orageux

It's...

 

Il...

 

 

raining

 

pleut

 

pouring

 

pleut à verse

 

snowing

 

neige

 

freezing

 

gèle

 

Note that the French use the impersonal verb faire when talking about the weather. You cannot express the weather using the verb être (to be).

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Writing

PRACTICE 9:

Don't know how to spell a word? Ask. This is a great way to use French at this basic level and help you to practice the alphabet. Ask the question: Ça s'écrit comment!

This video will review the basic VOWEL sounds of the French alphabet. By far the vowels are the hardest, so the more you practice it, the better your accent will be.

French Vowel Sounds

Writing Practice

Can you write your name in at least two ways in French?

1.

2.

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Communication

PRACTICE 10:

How do you greet people in the United States? You may nod or smile. With adults, you may shake hands when you are introduced for the first time.

la biseIn France, people shake hands (on se serre la main) with friends and acquaintances each time they see one another, and not only to say hello but also when they say good-bye. Among teenagers, boys shake hands with boys. Girls kiss eachFaire la bise other on the cheeks two or more times. (This is called faire la bise). Boys and girls who are close friends also greet each other with une bise.

It is also customary for French children to kiss their parents good morning and good night, as well as to offer them a kiss on their way to school.

Here are the four questions you need to ask yourself if you want to fine-tune your "la bise" skills: "Quand? Qui? Comment? Combien? " (When, Who, How, How Many)

Quand? "Fait une bise" whenever you see your family members, you colleagues at work or you meet friends for the first time that day. So once a day is the rule. If you arrive at a party, start making the rounds and "fait la bise" right away - it might take you some time until you are finished.

Qui? This one is more complicated as you need to take into account age, social standing and in professional terms the seniority of your counterpart. Family and close friends are easy - you always can initiate "la bise". For acquaintances and colleagues you can follow a simple rule: Let the older or more senior person initiate "la bise". Keep in mind you never, ever take the initiative to kiss your boss - a sure way to get fired. So what about man greeting man: In general no "bise", but between the younger generation "la bise" is increasingly common. Woman greeting woman and man greeting woman: always "la bise", but follow the aforementioned rules.

Comment? It depends - if you want to play it safe just touch the cheek with your cheek. With family and close friends you might actually kiss them lightly on the cheek. No wet kisses please. The more distant the person, the less body contact. If you must, touch one arm of your counterpart; touching two arms is still acceptable. Let's examine a bit the man greeting woman "bise": as a rule no flirting is involved here, let's say in 99.99% of the cases. Manage the situation with great finesse! Sometimes less is more.

Combien? Well, that's the big question, nobody can answer this one for sure. Here in the Provence we generally kiss three times: left cheek, right cheek, left cheek or right, left, right - it does not matter. But that's because we are peasants here. The Parisienne "society" kisses only twice: left, right or right, left. The Parisienne bourgeoisie reportedly kisses three times. And then there are regions in France where you kiss four times. In the end nobody is really sure how many times - it depends on the person and occasion. Twice is the minimum and be prepared to go at least three times.

Collins, Eve (May 28, 2007). Retreived from http://www.provence-hideaway.com/103-02.html

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Formal vs. Informal

Another important concept to understand is the difference betwen formal and informal situations. For starters, consider that when you first meet someone, you haven't built a strong relationship. Until you do feel more friendly with someone in France, you should be more formal. With older people or strangers, we should ALWAYS speak formally. However, if you are just chatting with good friends and family, being informal is important to establish that you are close.

Read this to compare some of the phrases that are used in the different settings.

Bonjour literally means good day. There are other ways of saying hello in French, for instance, after the sun is down, you say bonsoir instead. Then before bed, you can say bonne nuit. The expression good morning (bon matin) exists in French, but bonjour is used instead.

For very informal situations, the French also greet their friends with Coucou! Salut is another informal way of saying hi or bye.

Tu is just one way of saying "you" in French. There is also vous. So what is the difference? As has been mentioned before, the French distinguish between formal and informal situations. Read the examples below and see if you can figure out how the two forms of "you" are used.

When to use the formal address or "vous":

  1. strangers
  2. adults
  3. authority figures
  4. most commercials
  5. those to whom you wish to pay respect
  6. a large group

When to use the informal address or "tu":

  1. friends
  2. those younger than you or your same age
  3. relatives and family
  4. pets
  5. a single person

Here is a quiz to see if you understand when to use "tu" or "vous"

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A basic conversation to greet someone and introduce yourself in French is fairly simple. The difficulty is in switching your speech depending on who you are talking to. Talking to an older stranger in France is different than speaking with another teenager.

A basic introduction should include your name, age, how you are feeling, and something about yourself, such as your nationality, where you are from, your address or telephone number.

Informal

Imagine if you will that is the first or second day back to school. The French call this la rentrée. You often meet new classmates (camarade de classe) that first couple days. Read this conversation between the following students (élèves) to see how they greet each other.

Trinh:Salut! Je m'appelle Trinh. Joke on Greetings
Céline: Et moi, c'est Céline.
Trinh: Comment ça va?
Céline: Bien.
Trinh: Je vais bien, merci.

Marc: Je m'appelle Marc. Et toi?
Isabelle: Moi, je m'appelle Isabelle.
Marc: Quel âge as-tu?
Isabelle: Moi, j'ai onze ans. Et toi?
Marc: J'ai treize ans.

Jean-Paul: Comment t'appelles-tu?
Nathalie: Je m'appelle Nathalie. Et toi?
Jean-Paul: Jean-Paul. Ça va?
Nathalie: Oui, ça va. Comment vas-tu?
Jean-Paul: Comme ci, comme ça. Salut.
Nathalie: À plus.

Marc: Et toi, Stéphanie, tu es française ou américaine?
Stéphanie: Je suis française.
Marc: Tu es de Paris?
Stéphanie: Non, je suis de Fort-de-France.
Marc: Tu as de la chance! (You are lucky!)

Formal

Now look at how this simple conversation will change slightly when there is a formal situation. In this case, the students are greeting their teachers.

Trinh:Salut! Je m'appelle Trinh.
M. Rocque: Et moi, mon nom est Monsieur Rocque.
Trinh: Comment allez-vous?
M. Rocque: Je vais assez bien. Et vous?
Trinh: Je vais bien, merci.

Marc: Je m'appelle Marc. Et vous?
Mme. Shirk: Moi, je m'appelle Madame Shirk.
Marc: Quel âge avez-vous?
Mme. Shirk: Eh bien, c'est un secret. Vous avez quel âge?
Marc: Moi, j'ai douze ans.

Jean-Paul: Comment vous appelez-vous?
M. Rich: Je m'appelle Monsieur Rich. Et vous?
Jean-Paul: Jean-Paul. Comment allez-vous?
Nathalie: Moi, ça va bien. Et vous?
Jean-Paul: Très bien. Au revoir.
Nathalie: À demain.

Marc: Et vous Madame Thomas, vous êtes française ou américaine?
Mme Thomas: Je suis française.
Marc: Vous êtes de Paris?
Mme Thomas: Non, je suis de Montpelier.
Marc: Vous avez de la chance! (You are lucky!)

Here is a link to a pdfworksheet on greetings that explain this concept in more detail.

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Assignments

Les Devoirs!

Here is where you will find your homework for class. Be sure to follow your syllabus and homework sheet and keep up on the work that has been assigned. You will be studying vocabulary with quizlet, you will also need to complete these assignments and practices (other tab) on the date they are due.

 

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Assignment 1: Practice your greetings. Introduce yourself to some new classmates. Say hello, ask them their name and give your name. Then, practice the more formal greeting with an older individual, such as a teacher or another person older than you that speaks some French.

Assignment 2: Teach greetings to another person, a friend, family member, or stranger.

Assignment 3: Teach the French alphabet and accents to another person, a friend, family member, or stranger.

Assignment 4: Begin to spell words outloud. Below is a list, but you can use any words. I recommend you spell words that you have on your vocabulary list, and be sure to practice words with accents.

  • Michel
  • Jean-Luc
  • Tigre
  • Éléphant
  • Élève
  • Professeur
  • Commarade de classe
  • Collège
  • Lycée
  • La bise
  • Serrer la main

Assignment 5: Now let's improve our greetings. Focus on nationalities and asking where people are from. Remember to be sure you refer to girls with the feminine form of the nationality. For extra fun, try this test to see if you have mastered language and nationality rules in French!

Assignment 6: Learn French names. French names are sometimes very different from our own. Consider the following traditional French names and their equivalents in English.

For boys

For girls

Jean (John)

Marie (Mary)

Pierre (Peter)

Monique (Monica)

Marc (Mark)

Cécile (Cecilia)

Philippe (Philip)

Véronique (Veronica)

Nicolas (Nicholas)

Virginie (Virginia)


Often French names combine two names together to form double names. For instance Jean-Paul or Marie-Christine. Try finding some French names on the internet and see if you can pronounce them correctly. Also see if you can find a French equivalent for your own name.

Les sites de recherche:

Assignment 7: Go to the LINKS tab and watch the greeting video. Work on improving your greetings with a friend or classmate. Greetings http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=131031&title=Greetings

Assignment 8: Create a realistic French weather report of a Francophone city for one week. Say the days and the weather for each day. Once it is completed, you will share the weather forecast.

Here are the requirements for this project:
 The weather forecast must take place in a town or city in a Francophone (French-speaking) country or region.
 The presentation will be done entirely in French – No English permitted

Ex. Lundi, il fait beau et mardi, il fait mauvais.

Use the LINKS to find some example weather reports.

 

Assignment 9: Watch 20-30 minutes of a Disney or other movie with French Audio and English sub-titles. Write down 5 new words that you learned. Turn in a paper with the name of the film and the list of words with translations.

Assignment 10: UNIT EXAM REVIEW - Complete the review packet prior to taking the Unit 1 Exam. It is also a good idea to review all of the vocabulary and your notes. pdf Here is the French 1 Unit 1 study guide to download.

Links

Les Sites-Web

Here are several additional websites that will allow you to look up additional content and information about the topic. When you finish your assignments or practice for the day, and wish to advance your French, check them out.

  1. Word Champ http://www.wordchamp.com/lingua2/Home.do
  2. Dictionary http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/
  3. Numbers http://www.europa-pages.com/lessons/french-numbers.html
  4. Greetings http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=131031&title=Greetings
  5. Time http://www.targetlanguage.co.uk/level37.html
  6. General Vocabulary with Sound http://www.languageguide.org/french/vocabulary/
  7. Money & Numbers http://www.zut.org.uk/beginner/year7/10555.html
  8. Telling Time http://www.zut.org.uk/beginner/year7/10544.html
  9. Days and Months http://www.zut.org.uk/beginner/year7/10499.html
  10. Holidays and Weather http://www.zut.org.uk/beginner/year7/10477.html
  11. Time and Days of the week
  12. Game for reviewing time
  13. Time and Seasons
  14. WEATHER FORECASTS: www.meteo.fr | http://www.france24.com/fr/meteo | http://meteo.france24.com/en

Objectives

UNIT 1 – What’s up dude? 

Students will be practicing getting to know another person and how to introduce themselves to understand their own identity and the identity of others. They will learn the how to spell words, understand simple directions, and become good at listening for understanding.
standards
LEARNING INDICATORS

  • NL.IC.1 – I can greet my peers.
  • NL.IC.2 – I can introduce myself to someone.
  • NL.IC.3 – I can answer a few simple questions.
  • NM.IC.1 – I can greet and leave people in a polite way.
  • NL.IL.1 – I can occasionally identify the sound of a character or a word.
  • NL.IL.2 – I can occasionally understand isolated words that I have memorized, particularly when accompanied by gestures or pictures.
  • NM.IL.2 – I can recognize and sometimes understand basic information in words and phrases that I have memorized.
  • NL.IR.1 – I can recognize a few letters or characters.
  • NL.IR.2 – I can connect some words, phrases, or characters to their meanings.
  • NL.PS.1 – I can recite words and phrases that I have learned.
  • NL.PW.1 – I can copy some characters or letters and words that I see on the wall or board, in a book, or on the computer.
  • N.CP.1 – I can identify some beliefs and values related to age, gender, social class and ethnicity.
  • N.CIA.1 – I can imitate some simple patterns of behavior in familiar settings across cultures.

GRAMMATICAL FORMS

  • Use of Age Expressions with Numbers
  • Understanding Cognates
  • Rules of Spelling and Accents
  • Feminine vs. Masculine Nationality Forms

Note: Abbreviations are used for learning indicators. For the major level (N) indicates novice, (I) intermediate, and (A) advanced. The sub-levels of low, middle, and high are indicated with the addition of (L, M, and H) respectively. The next grouping indicates the mode of communication: Interpersonal Communication (IC), Interpretive Listening (IL), Interpretive Reading (IR), Presentational Speaking (PS), and Presentational Writing (PW). The number indicates the standard. For the entire Utah Core, please see: http://www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/worldlang/Home/UtahWorldLanguageCore2014.aspx or to access the ACTFL can do statements: http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Can-Do_Statements.pdf