French

The French Department at International High School offers all levels of instruction of the French language, from the beginner to the most advanced level for native speaker, from basic vocabulary and grammar to sophisticated analysis of literary texts of past centuries, from conversational French to detailed study of poetic metaphors. Discovery of a culture rich with centuries of History and knowledge of Literature and European artistic movements will be the two main focuses of the different tracks. The trips offered by our exchange program: Paris, Montreal, Tahiti, are wonderful opportunities to go and discover diverse francophone "styles de vie".

What is the difference between Littérature & Langue et Littérature courses? Find out here.

Grade 9

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

FRENCH BEGINNER I
[5 periods per week]

This course is designed for students who have no previous experience with the French language. The goals of the course include the acquisition of communication skills in spoken French for everyday situations and an understanding and knowledge of French life, its customs, and culture. Writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills are developed through a variety of methodologies including the use of printed dialogues, simulations, role-playing, and a range of written and oral exercises.

Assessment competencies:
Understands basic oral and written questions
Participates actively in class
Demonstrates an open mind towards French customs and culture
Has good pronunciation
Is able to produce correct sentences orally and in writing

Standards alignment:
 
School defined
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Mathilde Colard, French Teacher


FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
[5 periods per week]

This course is designed for students who have a fairly strong background in the French language. Through the vehicle of accessible literary texts, students are taught to write and speak with increasing precision and expression. Students study description, narration, and argumentation. Throughout the course there is constant and thorough review of grammar. Additionally, ease with French literature, as well as the understanding of French life, customs, and culture is augmented. This course is specifically designed to prepare students for Grade 11 IB French Language and Literature.


Texts studied have included: 
Quartier Lointain, Taniguchi
Paroles, Prévert
Matin brun, Pavloff
Un secret, Grimbert
(plus autres extraits...)


Assessment competencies:
Understands the structures of the French language
Correctly uses learned material
Written production (accuracy and relevance)
Oral production (accuracy and relevance)
Development of reflection

Standards alignment: School defined
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Laurence Hills, French Teacher


FRENCH LITERATURE
[5 periods per week]

Bilingual International Section students who are able to study French literature at the native speaker level join students in the French Section literature class described below. 

 

FRENCH SECTION

FRENCH LITERATURE (BREVET)
[5 periods per week]
Literary Analysis-Grammar and Composition

This course is designed for students who have followed the French national curriculum since Kindergarten or 1st grade. Grade 9 is the last year in which there is a systematic study of grammar. The course is designed to consolidate and deepen the understanding of grammar achieved over several years. Students are expected to cope with the subtleties and nuances of communication in both written and oral work. Using the techniques of “explication de texte” and “dissertation,” students write papers regularly and read a variety of books in French including novels, short stories, and drama.


Texts studied have included:
Le Rossignol de Kabylie - Roblès
Je finirai à terre in Les Oliviers du NégusLaurent Gaudé
Un Secret - Philippe Grimbert
Enfance, Nathalie Sarraute
Quartier Lointain, Taniguchi
Antigone, Anouilh & Sophocle
Claude Gueux de Victor Hugo
Choix de poèmes du XXème siècle

Assesment competencies:
- Qualité de la langue orale
- Qualité de la langue écrite
- Compréhension et analyse de textes
- Sait s'organiser et arrive preparé en classe


Standards alignment:
 
Ministère de l’Éducation nationale
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Sébastien Dufresne, French Teacher

Grade 10

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

FRENCH BEGINNER II 
[4 periods per week]

This course is designed for Grade 10 students who have had at least one full year of previous experience in the French language. Building on the goals of the Grade 9 Beginning French class, there is an added emphasis on the international aspects of the French language. Manners and customs of France and other francophone countries are studied. The course utilizes a wide range of oral and written techniques to: (1) build and improve speaking and reading skills
(2) enhance vocabulary
(3) teach methods of oral analysis of documents and texts
(4) learn how to manipulate grammar and language structures

Assessment competencies:
Can produce a correct text of two hundred words
Understands and responds appropriately and actively to spoken French in a variety of contexts
Is able to read and understand different and varied texts in French and answer questions about them
Has good French pronunciation
Demonstrates an open mind towards French customs and culture
Comes prepared for class

Standards alignment: School defined
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Muriel Barton, French Teacher
 


FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
[4 periods per week]

This course is designed for students who have a fairly strong background in the French language. Through the vehicle of accessible literary texts, students are taught to write and speak with increasing precision and expression. Students study description, narration, and argumentation. Throughout the course there is constant and thorough review of grammar. Additionally, ease with French literature, as well as the understanding of French life, customs, and culture is augmented. This course is specifically designed to prepare students for Grade 11 IB French Language and Literature.


Texts studied have included: 
La Petite Fille de Mr Linh, Philippe Claudel
Nouvelles, Le Clézio
L'ami retrouvé, Fred Uhlman
Extraits d'auteurs francophones: Maryse Condé et Simone Schwarz-Bart, Sang Négrier de Laurent Gaudé
étude du théâtre et de la poésie

Assessment competencies:
Understands the structures of the French language
Correctly uses learned material
Written production (accuracy and relevance)
Oral production (accuracy and relevance)
Development of reflection

Standards alignment: School defined
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Laurence Hills, French Teacher

 

FRENCH LITERATURE
[5 periods per week]
As in Grade 9, Bilingual International Section students who are able to study French literature at the native speaker level join students in the French Section literature class described below. 


FRENCH SECTION

FRENCH LITERATURE (SECONDE)
[5 periods per week]

Analyse Littéraire et Dissertation


This course is for students who have followed the French Brevet class and are able to study French literature at the most rigorous level. The curriculum continues with the main objectives of the previous year, but deepens reflective and analytical aptitudes. Analytical vocabulary and methodology are introduced in order to prepare students for the rigorous written and oral exigencies of the French Baccalaureate at the end of Grade 11. Students study canonical texts including theater, novels, philosophical works, and literary critiques from various periods. There is an emphasis on historical, intellectual, and artistic context.

Texts studied have included:
Pierre et Jean, Maupassant
au choix:
Ru, Kim Thuy
Rue des voleurs, Mathias Énard
Eldorado, Laurent Gaudé
Candide, Voltaire
Tartuffe, Molière
Le Cid, Corneille
Alcools, Apollinair


Assesment competencies:
Qualité de la langue orale
Qualité de la langue écrite
Maîtrise des méthodes
Analyse et reflexion
Sait s'organiser et arrive preparé en classe


Standards alignment:
 
Ministère de l’Éducation nationale
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Marie Volta, French Teacher

Grades 11 & 12

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

IB FRENCH A LITERATURE SL/HL
[5 periods per week]

This program is appropriate for native French speakers, or for students who have reached a level of near-fluency. It is appropriate for the most competent and literary-minded International students who remained in the French Track through Grade 10. The study of literature is the main focus of this challenging program, which includes a World Literature component.

11th Grade texts:
Tchekhov, La dame au petit chien

Fontane, Effi Briest
Binebine, Les Etoiles de Sidi Moumen
Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses
Enquist, Le Médecin personnel du roi
Mme de La Fayette, La Princesse de Clèves

12th Grade texts:

Senghor, Chants d’ombre
Camus, L’étranger
Du Bellay, Les Regrets
Hugo, Les Châtiments
Apollinaire, Alcools 


Assessment competencies:
Able to express ideas clearly and with fluency
Able to analyze the effects of the language (structure, technique and style)
Understands the use of the language (structure, technique and style)
Understands the need to come prepared to class and to participate actively and meaningfully in class

Standards alignment: International Baccalaureate Organization
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Laurence Hills, French Teacher


IB FRENCH A LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE SL/HL
[5 periods per week]

This program is designed for study at both Higher and Standard Levels for students with a high level of competence. The program is based on the study of literature and language. One or more of the following thematic topics are studied through a variety of text and other sources: the future/change, global issues, language/culture or media and society. The main emphasis of the course is the thematic study of a wide range of French literature.

11th grade texts:

Le Dernier jour d’un condamné, Hugo
La peine de mort de Voltaire à Badinter, collectif
Caligula, Camus
Madame Bovary, Flaubert


12th grade texts:

Alcools, Apollinaire
Dom Juan, Molière
L’Amant, Duras
Persepolis, Satrapi
Stupeur et tremblement, Nothomb 


Assessment competencies:

Able to express ideas clearly and with fluency
Able to analyze the effects of the language (structure, technique and style)
Understands the use of the language (structure, technique and style)
Understands the need to come prepared to class and to participate actively and meaningfully in class

Standards alignment: International Baccalaureate Organization
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Sébastien Dufresne, French Teacher


IB FRENCH LANGUAGE B (INTERMEDIATE) HL

[5 periods per week]
French as a Second Language: Intermediate Level

Students follow the two-year International Baccalaureate curriculum at Higher Level or Standard Level according to their level of competence. This program caters to students who have studied French as a second language for at least two years. Students who start French in Grade 9 typically prepare for Standard Level. The study of the language is at the center of these courses, through the vehicle of a wide variety of non-literary sources. In addition, at least one literary text is tackled.

Texts:

La petite fille de Monsieur Linh, Claudel (+extraits)


Assessment competencies:

Listening comprehension
Reading comprehension
Spoken interaction
Spoken production
Written expression


Standards alignment:
 
International Baccalaureate Organization
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Mathilde Colard, French Teacher



FRENCH SECTION

BAC LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE ES/S 
[5 periods per week]

This course prepares students to take the French language portion of the French Baccalaureate at the end of Grade 11. The in-depth study of French literature continues. Students write intensively, employing the techniques they encountered in Grade 10. The French Ministry of Education nominates novels, plays, literary excerpts and poetry grouped by specific themes.

Texts studied have included:
Anthologie poésie baroque
Lorenzaccio, Musset
Hamlet, Shakespeare
Jan Karski, Yannick Haenel
Je m'en vais, Jean Echenoz
un livre au choix parmi: La métamorphose de Kafka/Fatale de J.-P. Manchette/Dix heures et demie du soir en été, M Duras
un polar au choix
 

Assessment competencies:
Qualité de la langue orale
Qualité de la langue écrite
Maîtrise des méthodes
Analyse et reflexion
Sait s'organiser et arrive preparé en classe


Standards alignment:
 
Ministère de l’Éducation nationale
Updated: August 2016
Authors: Katia Aouat, Head of French Department and Franck Bessone, French Teacher
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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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