Department of World Languages
French III #1633 and French IV # 1653
Henry County High School
Mrs. Beverly Smith
Philosophy of Modern Language Learning
According to the Georgia Department of Education and its Georgia Performance Standards guidelines, language and communication are the essence of all that is human. The world of the 21st century is one in which all people must learn to communicate both culturally and linguistically with others around the world. The goals of the language classroom are to provide the student with the skills necessary to perform competently in another language other than his/her own and to communicate effectively in the global community and marketplace. Also, the student will become more aware of his/her own culture and the cultures of others as well as enrich his/her life by increasing his/her appreciation for language and culture.
The objective of this course is to develop skills in the four traditional skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, the course will provide students with the ability to view, absorb, and evaluate material from non-print sources as a means to promote an appreciation and understanding of the French speaking people, their culture, and their civilization.
An important component of language classes is the use of language beyond the classroom in the real world. The integration of technology is an important tool in assessing authentic information in the target language and providing the student the opportunity to interact with native speakers.
Themes Covered in the Language Classroom
Typical Level III and IV students will exhibit varying degrees of proficiency. We will cover the following themes in order to develop the various language skills necessary for effective communication as outlined by the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS Standards):
[ Family and Friends
[ Health and Fitness
[ Politics and Government
[ Careers and business
[ Shopping and Fashion
I have high expectations for my students to succeed in my class. In order for this to happen, the students are expected to follow a few guidelines pertaining to classroom behaviors and study habits.
1. Students must come to class prepared. Students should have with them their notebook and a pen or pencil (black or blue ink only). Additionally, all homework, when assigned, will be due at the beginning of class. Students will be expected to participate in all class activities.
2. The class will be taught in French. Students will be expected to pay attention and listen even when they don’t understand. Listening is very important when learning a foreign language. In order to increase understanding of the French language, it is vital that the student listen and at the appropriate time respond in French.
3. Students must keep and organized notebook. This notebook will include all handouts, quizzes, homework assignments, test results, and class notes.
5. Students will not bring candy, food, or drinks into the classroom according to Henry County High School policy. Water is acceptable as outlined in the student handbook but must be kept in the student’s book-bag and not on his/her desk.
6. Students will remain in their seat during class time except during certain activities as directed by the teacher.
7. Students are expected to be honest with all members of the class, including the teacher. It is understood that all work will be the student’s own work. Cheating of any type is a serious offense and will be dealt with severely in accordance with Henry County policy.
9. All students are expected to succeed. Every opportunity to learn is afforded the student while still maintaining a relaxed, fun atmosphere as long as the student comes to class each day prepared to learn.
10. Honors classes will include additional projects and a novel.
Procedures are put into place in order for the classroom environment to cater to learning. It is necessary to establish these early to keep the classroom an efficient place to work. Procedures are different from rules. They are simply the way in which something is done. Students will be required to follow all procedures while in my classroom.
1. Pencils are to be sharpened before the class begins, otherwise ask for permission in French.
2. All trash is to be disposed of after, not during, the lesson.
3. Upon entering the classroom each day, students will turn in any assigned homework to the designated area and then go to their assigned seat. Students will work quietly at their own desk on the bell assignment or any other activity listed on the board.
4. Tardiness will not be tolerated. If you are tardy and have a pass from an administrator, quietly put the pass on my desk and go to your desk and begin the assigned work.
5. When returning from an absence, enter the classroom in accordance to the prescribed procedure and put your excuse on my desk. You may pick it up at the end of class. All assignments missed during an excused absence are to be made up in the number of days that you were absent.
6. Any missed tests or quizzes should be made up as soon as possible. After returning to school from an excused absence, see me to make arrangements to take the test or quiz. Thursday during Instructional Focus will be for makeup work, makeup assessments and retesting. Please let me know as soon as possible if there is an issue with this arrangement.
7 . When seeking extra help to better understand a specific concept you must see me before or after class to schedule an appointment. I am available most mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and ask that you request help at least 24 hours in advance so that I may anticipate your arrival.
I do not give the student a grade in this class. The student earns his/her grade based on the percentage of the material he/she masters. Evaluation is based upon student performance in all four modes of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In accordance with Henry County policy, grades will be valued as follows:
Assessments (test, quizzes performance tasks, projects) 60%
Practice (homework, class assignments) + 40%
Course final Average 85% of final average
Final Exam 15% of the final average
Henry County Classroom Rules
There are uniform classroom rules for the entire school and can be found in the student handbook. They apply to and will be enforced in every classroom and throughout the school.
1. Bring all necessary materials assigned by each teacher to be able to participate in class.
2. Show consideration and respect to people and property.
3. Be in the classroom when the tardy bell begins to ring.
4. Do not bring drinks, food, or drink containers into the classroom.
Possible Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior
If disruptive behavior becomes a problem, it will be dealt with in accordance with the Henry County High School discipline policy as follows:
Written Warning-Discuss problem and solution.
Written Warning-20 minute detention and contact parent/guardian.
Written Warning-40 minute detention and contact parent/guardian. Office Referral
***Severe infractions of classroom rules may result in immediate detention or administrative referral. Severe infractions include but are not limited to direct insubordination to a teacher or administrator, vandalism, fighting, and profanity.
Class Materials Needed
1 ½” or larger 3-ring binder Blue or Black Pencil(s) and/or Pen(s)
I hope that all of you are as excited for this school year as I am. We are going to learn a lot together. Walk in the room each day knowing that I am here to provide you with the best educational opportunity possible and, most importantly; come in the classroom ready to work!
If you should need to reach me for any reason, I can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (770)957-3943.
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