French 1 Syllabus

French I





Teacher Name:   Maribel Squibb                                                                  


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Tutoring: Mondays 4:15 - 5:00


Course Outline/Timeline:


French I is an introduction to the French language and culture. The fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar, and culture are presented through a balanced development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


This course is designed for students to gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures.  Students start learning how to communicate in French. Students are expected to meet the requirements prescribed by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English by developing the four basic language competencies (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and engaging in the five Cs: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.


This course also supports the Standards for Foreign Language Learning by providing clearly defined objectives, a variety of pair- and group-work activities so that students can use French in a wide range of settings and contexts, and offering culture-related activities and questions that develop students’ insight and encourage them to develop observational and analytical skills.





Week 1

Introduction to course, class rules, procedures, and expectations

  • Introducing yourself.
  • Spelling, counting and understanding classroom instructions.

    Faissons connaissance

  • Greeting people and saying goodbye.
  • Asking how people are, telling how you are.

Week 2

  • Asking someone’s name and age and giving yours.
  • Expressing likes, dislikes, and preferences about things.
  • Expressing likes, dislikes, and preferences about activities.
  • The Francophone World.
  • The Alphabet,
  • The numbers 1-20
  • Common French instructions.


    Vive l’ecole

  • Agreeing and disagreeing.
  • Asking for and giving information.
  • Telling when you have class.
  • Asking for and expressing opinions.

Week 3

Vive l’ecole

  • Asking for and expressing opinions.
  • The French educational system/Le BAC.
  • Curriculum in francophone schools.

Week 4

Tout pour la rentreé

  • Making and responding to requests.
  • Asking others what they need and telling what you need.
  • Telling what you’d like and what you’d like to do.
  • Getting someone’s attention.

Week 5

Tout pour la rentreé

  • Asking for information.
  • Expressing thanks.
  • The indefinite articles, un, une, and des.
  • Using the indifinite articles in negative sentences. De/d’.
  • The demonstrative adjectives, ce, cet, cette, and ces.
  • Adjective agreement and placement.
  • The numbers from 1-201.
  • Shopping in France.
  • Writing prices in French-speaking countries.
  • The Euro.

Week 6

Sports et passe-temps

  • Telling how much you like or dislike something.
  • Exchanging information.
  • Making, accepting, and turning down suggestions.
  • The verbe faire and jouer.
  • Question formation with est-ce que…?
  • Overview of Québec.
  • Sports in Francophone countries.
  • Celsius and Fahrenheit.
  • Overview of Paris.

Week 7

On va au café?

- Making suggestions and excuses.

- Making a recommendation.

- Getting someone’s attention.

- Ordering food and beverages.

Week 8

-Inquiring about and expressing likes and dislikes.

- Paying the check.

  • Waitpersons as professionals.
  • Tipping in France.
  • The imperative.


  • Making plans.
  • Extending and responding to invitations.
  • Arranging to meet someone.
  • Information questions.
  • Going out with friends.
  • Dating in France.

Week 9

Review for semester exam.

  • Semester exam.

Week 10

La Famille

  • Identifying people.
  • Introducing people.
  • Describing and characterizing people.
  • Asking or, giving, and refusing permission.
  • Possessive adjectives.
  • Review of verb être.
  • Family life.
  • Household chores.

Week 11

Au Marché

  • Expressing need.
  • Making, accepting, and declining requests.
  • Telling someone what to do.
  • Offering, accepting or refusing food.
  • Overview of Abidjan.
  • Meals of the day.
  • The metric system.

Week 12

Au Telephone

  • Asking for and expressing opinions.
  • Inquiring about and relating past events.
  • Making and answering a telephone call.
  • Sharing confidences and consoling others.
  • Asking for and giving advice.
  • The passé compose with avoir.
  • Regular er verbs – répondre -.
  • The object pronouns, le, la, les, lui and leur.
  • History of Arles
  • The French telephone system.

Week 13

Dans un magasin de vêtements.

  • Asking for and giving advice.
  • Expressing need’ inquyiring.
  • Asking for opinions, paying a compliment, criticizing.
  • Hesitating; making a decision.
  • The verb mettre and porter.
  • Regular ir verbs – choisir, grandir, etc-
  • The direct object pronouns, le, la, les.
  • Fashion in francophone countries.

Week 14

Vive les vacances

  • Inquiring about and sharing future plans.
  • Expressing indecision, expressing wishes.
  • Reminding; reassuring.
  • Seeing someone off.
  • Asking for and expressing opinions.
  • Inquiring about and relating past events.
  • The irregular verbs, partir, sortir, dormer.
  • Annual vacations in France.
  • Colonies de vacances.

Week 15

En Ville

  • Pointing out places and things.
  • Making and responding to requests.
  • Asking for advice and making suggestions.
  • Asking for and giving directions.
  • The partitive.
  • The pronoun y.
  • Store hours in the francophone world.
  • Overview of Fort de France.
  • Getting a driver’s license in francophone countries.
  • DOMs and TOMs.


Week 16


Final Exam.




Various projects will be completed throughout the semester. They may include but are not limited to researching a francophone country, region and/or city, building a family tree, researching a Parisian monument, etc.


Students will also write and perform various skits based on topic studied (i.e., introducing themselves, shopping, ordering food and drinks.)


There will be a test after each chapter is completed, as well as quizzes throughout the semester and a semester exam at the end of the semester.


Grades will be based on a variety of assignments, projects, daily work, journals, quizzes, and tests. Minor assignments will count 40% and major assignments (tests and projects) 60%.

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Textbooks/Materials/Suggested Readings:

Allez, viens! French 1. Holt, Reinhart, Wilson. 2006.

This book is available from the school and is picked up during the first week of school.

Additional texts may be used in class at the teacher’s discretion and based on the topic studied.



Classroom Expectations:


Policies regarding grading guidelines, late work, and absences can be found on the Sharyland High School website:


Guidelines for grading, late work, and absences


All students are expected to follow SHS rules. They are also expected to bring a positive attitude to class, be willing to learn, and participate. Foreign languages open up the world, but only to those willing to discover it. Therefore, enthusiasm is key to success.

Statement for Academic Dishonesty:

Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of our school. No student shall cheat or copy the work of another. Plagiarism, the use of another person’s original ideas or writings as one’s own without giving credit to the true author, will be considered cheating, and the student will be subject to academic discipline that may include loss of credit for the work in question.