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Exploring French
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: No

Exploring French is an introduction to the French language and Francophone cultures. It allows novice language learners to discover the diverse cultures and traditions of the French-speaking world while developing essential communication skills. In addition to learning basic vocabulary, including the alphabet, numbers, colors, and days of the week, students will be able to greet others and introduce themselves, describe people and things, and express their likes and preferences. They will recognize similarities and differences between English and French, and will make comparisons between their culture and Francophone cultures. Lastly, Exploring French introduces the language and cultures of the Francophone world through a variety of disciplines, such as history, science, and the arts.

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify French-speaking countries and people.
  • Recognize what role France and the French have played in the United States.
  • Compare French and English to identify cognates and faux amis.
  • Recognize and use the French alphabet to spell words.
  • Apply vocabulary to greet others and introduce oneself.
  • Apply vocabulary to describe oneself and others.
  • Distinguish between formal and informal language.
  • Recognize and identify parts of speech.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe one’s family.
  • Use and recognize numbers 0-20.
  • State jobs or professions.
  • State ages.
  • Describe one’s hair and eyes.
  • Indicate where someone is from using names of countries.
  • Use the verbs avoir and être to describe.
  • Use the possessive adjectives mon, ma, and mes to talk about one’s family.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify different types of homes.
  • Identify the rooms of a house.
  • Recognize vocabulary for bedroom furniture.
  • Identify words for colors.
  • Express likes and dislikes.
  • Identify words for food and drink.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Recognize vocabulary for leisure activities.
  • State what friends and family like to do.
  • Recognize words for school subjects and supplies.
  • Recognize words for the days of the week.
  • Recognize words for seasons and months.
  • State months when activities occur.
  • Recognize and describe activities in various seasons.
  • Recognize words for places and landscapes.
  • State where people and animals live.
  • Demonstrate reading comprehension.