Year-Long Elective Unit
Year 9 French.
The course aims to extend and improve the student's competence in using French for a variety of purposes, using an integrated skills approach. Students learn the skills of skim reading passages to identify key words and points, as well as the intensive reading of passages to extract detail and draw conclusions. Students are able to speak with greater accuracy and improved pronunciation. Written tasks are undertaken both to consolidate the learning of themes and structures and to use the language for practical purposes, such as emails and reports.
- What does French culture have in common with Australian culture, and how are they different?
- How does French language change in different situations?
- What influences school and work life relationships, leisure activities and food culture in France?
Areas of Study
- Youth: self, family, pastimes, friends, computer use.
- Holidays: leisure activities, health, ailments, accidents.
- The past: describing past events, childhood and primary school memories.
- Relationships: expressing emotions, giving advice.
- Film study.
- School: student life in France, subject choice.
- Future: future aspirations, professions.
- Food: diet, restaurants, food culture.
- Present tense: regular and irregular verb conjugations.
- Reflexive verbs.
- Passé composé: in all forms — questions, negative, reflexive.
- Imperfect tense: formation and when to use it in relation to the passé composé.
- Future tense.
- Conditional tense.
- Comparative and superlative of adjectives.
- Negatives: ne…rien, ne…jamais, ne…personne, ne…plus.
- Pronouns: direct and indirect object pronouns, y, en.
|Vocabulary and Grammar
||Regular vocabulary and grammar tests.
||Listening tasks designed to demonstrate comprehension of information, opinions and reasons in a range of texts, including authentic material, by using the information to solve problems and make decisions.
||Participation in discussions and presentations to inform, compare, state a viewpoint and explain a process.
||Identification of main characters and events in narrative texts and extraction of information and ideas from descriptive and procedural texts.
||Writing tasks of up to 200 words incorporating the use of the linguistic structures listed above and adhering to the conventions of various text types.
||Students undertake an examination at the conclusion of the course, testing reading and writing skills.