In the first semester of French, students learn to communicate using a variety of basic grammatical structures, including avoir and etre, gender, adjectives, negatives, possession, pronouns and formal and informal registers. These enable students to communicate by speaking, listening, reading and writing on various topics.
- Personal identification.
- Meet and greet.
- Classroom objects and instructions.
- Introducing oneself and others.
- Music preferences.
Significant time is devoted to practising speaking skills with the introduction of the alphabet and French pronunciation and intonation patterns. These are practised through role plays, dialogues and use of the target language in the classroom.
In Semester 2, students extend their range of language to enable them to write about and discuss the following:
- Food and ordering.
- Dates, time and seasons.
- Talking about birthdays and festivals.
- More advanced grammatical structures introduced include plural of nouns, interrogative pronouns to form questions expressions of frequency, further regular and irregular verbs and the use of prepositions with articles.
Students are introduced to cultural aspects of the French-speaking world including greetings, gestures, family life, calendars and French food. Students complete a cultural project.
- Regular vocabulary and grammar quizzes and checks.
- Dialogue and role play activities.
- Pronunciation exercises.
- Listening and reading comprehension tasks based on authentic materials.
- Creative and guided writing tasks.
- Poetry recitation.
- Cultural assignment.