In beginning French, students learn greetings, basic conversations, and a variety of vocabulary to describe everyday life. Class emphasis is on conversational French in pair work. While using present and near-future tenses, students also learn negative and interrogative forms. And students are introduced to French speaking countries, monetary system, and geography. French I students enjoy learning vocabulary through songs and rhymes.
Second-year students communicate in both present and past tenses as they practice conversation and writing. They learn to use a variety of pronouns, adjective agreement, comparative and superlative forms, and inversion. Working in pairs, students use these structures to build conversations regarding daily routine, shopping, finding one's way around, leisure activities, dining out, and planning and preparing food. Students also learn a bit about Paris and how to navigate the Paris metro system. Film excerpts from French versions of popular films are part of class projects.
Third-year students study present, past, imperfect, and future tenses. They also use the imperative. These students continue learning about pronouns. Vocabulary study centers on family relationships, food and restaurants, daily routine, getting around in a city, sports and fitness, careers, and medical/dental situations. Students also use comparisons to describe people, places, and things. Paris and Normandy are the focus of historical studies. Ratatouille and Trouver Nemo film projects are class favorites!