French II

Grades 8th – 12th

French II will be the continuation of French I. The goals of the class are, in order of emphasis:

  1. Learn to speak and understand spoken French
  2. Read French
  3. Memorize Scripture in French
  4. Write in French
  5. Extensive Vocabulary development
  6. Study French history, culture and one classic literary work

Grammar study in this semester will include mastering the future and the past tenses, irregular verbs, possessives, demonstratives, comparatives and adverbs, future tense, conditional, and indefinite adjectives and pronouns. The class is very interactive and requires students to participate. Students will be required to speak, recite and present in French in class.

Students must also attend two 45-minute sessions with a student leader to practice speaking and listening and to work on homework assignments. Learning a language is like learning a musical instrument: you must practice in order to speak and comprehend French.

In order to take French II, you must have scored at least a B in French I or, if you are not a previous student, you must score an 80% or better on a placement exam. Email the instructor if you would like to take the placement exam.

Required Texts

  • Mastering French Vocabulary, A Thematic Approach, With MP3 CD, Wolfgang Fischer and Anne-Marie Le Plouhinec, Barron’s, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-4380-7153-4 (From French I)
  • Easy French STEP-BY-STEP, Myrna Bell Rochester, McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-07-145387-5 (From French I)
  • Quick Study French Verbs, Liliane Arnet, ISBN 978-157222907-5
  • Quick Study French Grammar; ISBN 978-157222528-2
  • 501 French Verbs, Christopher Kendris, Barron’s, 4th Edition (1996) or later. Buy used.
  • ABC Petits Contes/Short Stories de Jules Lemaître (Bilingual French/English), translated by Nicolae Sfetcu, 2015, ISBN: 978-1514318720

Required Materials

  • One medium sized 3-ring binder
  • 3-hole punched, college ruled notebook paper
  • 4 – 5 dividers
  • Pencil
  • Blue/black pen and a red or other bright-colored pen for grading

Francette Alessi

French Teacher

French I and II is a combined class. French II students will be given more challenging homework assignments and taught according to their understanding of French.

Note that French I and II are listed on the registration form as one class.