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Shanghai American School French Level 1 IB ab initio Year 1 Syllabus Teacher : Mr. Patrick MARINUCCI

OBJECTIVES The overall objective of this course is for students to achieve communicative competence in a variety of everyday situations. At the end of the two-year program of French ab initio course candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability to: o communicate information and some basic ideas clearly and effectively, in a limited range of situations o understand and use accurately the essential spoken and written forms of the language in a limited range of situations o understand and use a limited range of vocabulary in common usage o use a register that is generally appropriate to the situation o show an awareness of some elements of the culture(s) related to the language studied. SYLLABUS OUTLINE Language The four primary language skills to be developed in an integrated way are: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The balance between these four skills is planned to be appropriate to the needs of the students. Core Syllabus The core syllabus is divided into seven topics with which the students should become familiar in order to develop a vocabulary range that covers the most common situations in everyday life. These topics are: o the individual o education and work o town and services o food and drink o leisure and travel o the environment o health and emergencies. Cultural Awareness During the French level 1/ ab initio Year 1 course students are expected to become familiar with aspects of the everyday life and culture of the French speaking countries (Francophonie). Texts will be used as a means of exploring aspects of the culture(s) related to French language. SYLLABUS The French level 1 / ab initio Year 1 course is designed around three main areas: language, texts and cultural awareness. Within language, special attention is paid to the four primary language skills; accuracy and fluency; and the areas of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and intonation. Linguistic communication takes place in a


variety of ways and through a range of different media. It also involves a range of skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be expected to understand more difficult texts than they will be able to produce themselves. However, all four skills should be worked upon during the two years. Receptive Listening Reading Productive Speaking Writing

Oracy Literacy

Students at French 1/ ab initio Year 1 level are taught to: Listening · understand straightforward conversational exchanges · understand some colloquial language in social exchange · understand the overall idea or argument from a short speech or presentation on a prescribed topic · participate in a conversation appropriate to context and culture. Speaking · convey straightforward, factual information and respond appropriately in spontaneous discussion · use some colloquial language competently in social exchange · convey information and express attitudes reasonably clearly within a brief structured presentation, and respond in spontaneous discussion on the topic · respond with some sensitivity to social conventions. Reading · understand straightforward information that is explicitly stated · skim and extract key points from straightforward texts, including visual material and graphics · distinguish between key points and supporting detail in straightforward texts · understand some details of the text · understand some ideas implicit in the argument · identify basic elements of genre, purpose and audience. Writing · convey straightforward information clearly · convey some straightforward concepts clearly · organize key points into a basic overall plan · provide some supporting detail for the key points · indicate personal attitudes competently · use language generally appropriate to purpose and audience.

The following table illustrates examples of forms of communication that the French level 1/ ab initio Year 1 student may be involved in, and the receptive and productive skills required for each of them. 2

Communication Form Newspaper Telephone Class discussion of a written text Informal conversation Conference Theatre play E-mail Letter

Skills Receptive Reading Listening Listening, reading Listening Listening, reading Listening Reading Reading Productive Writing Speaking Speaking, writing (notes) Speaking Speaking, writing (notes) Speaking Writing Writing

Core Syllabus The core syllabus is divided into seven topics related to different areas of interest for the 14- to 18-year-old student. Topic The individual Sub-topic The self and others Contents · personal identification (age, nationality, address) · family · relationships (peers and friends) · appearance (physical description, clothes, colours) · character · daily routine, time · types of accommodation · life at home, household tasks · invitations, celebrations · types of shops · goods · customer services · purchases, payment · public transport · banks, post office · telephone · e-mail, fax, Internet · types of shops · goods · customer services · purchases, payment · public transport · banks, post office · telephone · e-mail, fax, Internet · food stores 3

The home

Education and work


Future plans

Town and services


Public services and communication

Food and drink


Eating out


Leisure and travel


The area Holidays and Travelling Accommodation

· food names · grocery shopping · quantity, weight · types of restaurants · meals in a restaurant · reservations, menus, orders · meals, meal times · recipes · diets, preferences · special dishes · the media · sports · entertainment · places, features of interest · location, direction · means of transport · types of destination · holiday inquiries · facilities · reservations · regulations · current weather conditions · forecast · climate · seasons and seasonal events · countries and continents · geographical features · ecology · world issues · fitness and good health · illness, injury, parts of the body · appointments · medicines and prescriptions · theft and loss · accidents · repairs · public signs

The environment

Weather Physical geography/ the world Environmental concerns

Health and emergencies

Physical health



TEACHING METHODS o Each student is requested to participate in every class orally. o Daily use of audiovisual material (websites, CD-ROM, DVDs, etc) o Emphasis is laid on both oral participation and written production. EXPECTATIONS o Arrive in class on time o Come to class with all materials and assignments completed. o Speak in French and participate willingly in class. o Ask questions. o Not be afraid to make mistakes. o Be respectful of others. ASSESSMENT Tests and quizzes: 50% Oral presentation & participation: 30% Projects & Essays 20% Each student will learn better if s/he completes assignments ON TIME, when they are most relevant and serve to reinforce skills learned in class. Falling behind can cause a lack of understanding of current and forthcoming work, the impact of which can too easily become magnified and concomitantly result in reduced grades on future evaluations. RESOURCES Core program: Bien dit! 1, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2008 Various magazines, such as OKAPI, Ça m'intéresse, Ça va?, etc. Various articles from newspaper or from websites Selected films and DVDs - French CD-ROMs and Internet sites OPEN DOOR POLICY If you have any concerns or questions about your daughter/son in the French class, please feel free to communicate with me at Patrick MARINUCCI Global Languages Head of Department High School French Teacher [email protected] classroom : H-111 Tel : (21) 6221 1445, ext. 5146



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