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French I A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

This beginning, year-long course teaches the basics of the French language. New words and phrases are introduced with pictures, audio clips, and examples. Students have many opportunities to practice what they learn through interactive practice activities in the form of written practice, listening and speaking exercises.

Communication is at the heart of this course. That means in every practice activity, assignment, or project, the underlying goal is to exchange some type of information, no matter how small, with very little focus on grammar, at least in the traditional sense. Instead of memorizing verb charts or sentence structures, the focus will be on the meaning of the words and phrases students are learning. This is an engaging, natural, and meaningful way to acquire French.   The material is comprehensible, nicely paced, and prepares and reassures you with I-CAN statements at the beginning and end of each unit.

Students also explore the cultures of France, Canada, and other French-speaking regions by learning about geography, foods, celebrations, and traditions from each place.



Comprehensive Course Guide:  

French I Course Guide

Required Materials:


Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

All world language courses require the ability to record oral language using the computer.  A headset and microphone are required.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor. Students must pass the A semester to qualify for enrollment in the B semester.

Lead Teacher:

Amy VanDam, Helena Capital High School,