8th Grade Course Description/Grading Policy
French IB – Grade 8
Materials: Bien Dit (Holt, Rinehart and Winston Publishing)
3-ring or Spiral Notebook with pockets in which to keep handouts.
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1. To continue our study of the French language and promote an interest in learning about the culture and history of the countries where it is spoken.
2. To demonstrate to the students that the French language is all around us and provide a platform for showing the relevance of a foreign language in today’s global society.
3. Study the grammar, vocabulary and verbs of beginning French in order to become familiar with spoken French. Writing, reading and speaking French will be emphasized.
Class Homework and Preparation Policy
It is expected that all students will arrive to class well prepared for the day’s lesson. A prepared student is one who has their current homework assignment, notebook, pencil/pen, or any activity which may be due that day. In addition every student should be prepared to participate in class. Homework is posted daily under the "Devoirs - 8eme" left tab of the class website. Class preparation is extremely important as it reinforces the day’s lesson. Each student's homework will be randomly checked 10 times per marking period and it will count as a quiz grade.
Students will also be expected to actively engage in classroom discussions as well as participate in group and individual activities. Because studying a foreign language requires verbal communication and participation, class participation will be an important component of our year together.
At any given point in the academic year, students should be able to calculate their grade point average using the following criteria and note them in their agendas:
Quizzes: All quizzes will count once.
Tests: Chapter tests will count twice. Only 4-5 will be given during the entire year, so it is very important to study and have all material mastered before taking the test.
Projects: A project will be assigned each marking period which correlates to the objectives of the chapter. It will count twice.
Class Preparation/Homework: Students are expected to bring to every class their notebook, pencil/pen and homework assignment or activity which may be due that day. Preparation/Homework will be checked on a random basis (10 times per marking period) and will count once. It is highly recommended that students come to class prepared on a consistent basis to keep up with the material. This includes but is not limited to homework assignments.
Class Participation: Active participation is important in the study of a foreign language. It is my expectation that students will seek to express themselves in French as much as possible so as to become comfortable in communicating their thoughts and ideas in the target language.
I’m looking forward to another great year and I am genuinely happy to have you in my class. Alors…allons-y!