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".

Grade 9

INTERNATIONAL TRACK


FRENCH BEGINNER 
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.

FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 
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.


FRENCH LITERATURE
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 TRACK


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.

Grade 10

INTERNATIONAL SECTION


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
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.

 

FRENCH 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 SECTION


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.

Grades 11 & 12

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE


FRENCH A LITERATURE SL/HL
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.

FRENCH A LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE SL/HL
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.

IB FRENCH LANGUAGE B SL/HL

French as a Second Language
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.


FRENCH BACCALAUREATE


BAC LITT
ÉRATURE 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.

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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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