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".
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.
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 LITERATURE (BREVET)
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.
FRENCH BEGINNER II
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
FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
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 LITERATURE (SECONDE)
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.
FRENCH A LITERATURE SL/HL
FRENCH A LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE SL/HL
IB FRENCH LANGUAGE B SL/HL
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.
BAC LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE
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.