DECEMBER/JANUARY UPDATE (N.B. 3 hours of Rosetta Stone is due January 30, with a start date of December 20)
Bonne Année! The students came back from break and went right into interviewing each other about what they did during the winter break, using the past tense verb stuctures we have been working on. We are just about to extend the students' ability to talk accurately in the perfect tense as we will be studying verbs conjugated with être in the passé composé. This makes it a little more complicated, but also more interesting :) Expect lots more Quizlet tests to help the students memorize which verbs are conjugated with être as the helping verb.
Bonjour 7th grade French students and families! OCTOBER/NOVEMBER UPDATE (N.B. 4.5 hours of Rosetta Stone due December 19 at 11:59 p.m., since November1 ) As we continued to work on the perfect (passé composé) tense, the students did a writing project, describing what they did during the summer vacation. They also have been memorizing the poem called "Déjeuner du matin" by Jacques Prévert. This poem is carefully selected for its frequent use of irregular verbs in the perfect tense. While I was traveling in France with the 8th grade students, they worked on the chromebooks on the British language-learning site http://languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm , started reading the short story "Le voyage de sa vie" about an American boy who is witness to a crime while traveling to Switzerland with his family, and also did some grammar review. We will shortly be introducing verbs conjugated with être in the passé composé. SEPTEMBER UPDATE (N.B. 3 hours of Rosetta Stone due Tuesday October 3 at 11:59 p.m., since September 5) After three review quizzes to "reactivate prior knowledge" we have now started quizzes on new material (irregular verbs in the perfect tense (or "passé composé"), and the them of ordering food in French snack bars, cafés, and restaurants. We are also doing a weekly dictation in French to encourage students to really think about what they are hearing. French is full of silent endings, but it is important to be able to visualize the spellings in order to fully comprehend the spoken language. I will be training the students to listen for specific context, gender and singular/plural cues to help them successfully complete the dictations. Students may retake a quiz, but parents must complete a retest request letter documenting the work that was done at home to improve performance. WELCOME LETTER I am writing to introduce myself as your child’s French teacher for the 2017/2018 school year. I am delighted to be reconnecting with your child in 7th grade, and look forward to helping the students gain increased confidence in communicating in French. We will continue to use the student book TRICOLORE 2 along with additional teacher-developed materials. Students will need the Grammar in Action 2 workbooks for homework tasks. This workbook is not included in the French fees as the students purchased it last year, however, if you are new to LaSalle or if your child’s copy is in poor condition, and you would prefer to buy a new copy, we do have some available for $10. Please amend the fee letter if necessary. The French fees include the fee for participation in the National French Contest in March and the graded reader, Le voyage de sa vie. Please send in the fees by the end of the second week, including the bottom half of the fee letter with your child’s name clearly written on the form. MERCI! Please also return the Contact Information sheet, being sure to: circle your preferred means of communication; indicate how you would like to assist with French enrichment activities; sign at the bottom of the page to indicate that you understand where to check the Rosetta Stone (RS) deadlines (since the weekly RS requirement is worth 10% of the overall WL grade). I will establish a group email list for quick class updates based on this contact information. Students should bring home their Tricolore 2 textbook, their printed “Grammar in Action” workbook, and their World Language folder (holding their notebook, workbook, and some loose-leaf paper) on a daily basis. There will be French homework most days, in addition to the 45 minutes of weekly independent Rosetta Stone practice. This homework may consist of written exercises, reading texts, online activities, memorization of songs, poems or skits, vocabulary enrichment activities and preparation for tests. On days when there is no written homework, students should work independently on memorization of vocabulary and conjugations. Homework is listed on the shared 7th grade HW document, but students should also write it in their agenda each day. On my (old) lasallechicago.com website you can also find useful links to numerous language learning sites, assistance with typing accents, a bilingual dictionary, quarterly syllabi, a wish list, and photos taken during class. Using a good online bilingual dictionary, such as wordreference.com, is perfectly acceptable. However, using a translator program to write assignments is NEVER acceptable, and is considered CHEATING. The world language curriculum can be found on the lasallechicago.com website (parent portal/faculty/World language). Please check the grade book (https://parent.cps.k12.il.us/pc/) to monitor your child’s grade. I often leave messages and feedback for parents regarding assignments and tests (including which level of differentiated quizzes) on the grade book. You will receive more specific information regarding the curriculum, grading and the overseas exchange program during the Open House, Wednesday September 21. Do not hesitate to contact me with your questions and concerns: Bridget Veitch firstname.lastname@example.org