This course is structured around studying several in-depth themes interspersed with shorter units of art or literature. Using themes from the AP French material, units are built around activities that guide the students to explore authentic material (blogs, infographics, videos, magazines, and news articles) finding the language they need to know in order to respond to various prompts.
Unit assessments include:
- Cooperative projects
- Video responses with replies
- Letter writing or created PowerPoint presentations.
Students are able to develop and advance at their own pace. Grammar review is woven into the weekly assignments. Typically, three levels of students might be in this class – French 3 (advanced) and 4/5 (and higher). Each year is designed with new material allowing for students to continue taking this same course for two years consecutively. Students will also present a Current Event topic each semester.
Class size is limited to 12 to allow for optimal communication in class.
Tuition for this course also includes membership in the French Club, where students have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions.
Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in ‘Le Grand Concours’. This is an annual test/ competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. For a minimal fee ($10.00), students can see how they rank among other American students of French. This will take place in March. Many Aim students have received gold, silver, or bronze awards!
While the French 4/ 5 course is not an AP course, the concepts taught and activities presented are designed following advanced language class concepts laid out in the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. For families looking for an alternative to an AP course, students can anticipate the French 4/5 course to prepare them to either take the CLEP French test, allowing them to get credit for College level courses or to take a Language Placement test at the college or university of their choice. Past students who have taken AIM Academy French through levels 4 and/or 5 have placed at 200 level courses at the university level.
The class is structured around the weekly face to face live meeting. Students can expect to have about 3-4 hours of homework each week. Five weekly assignments are posted that build on what was presented in class, preparing the student for the upcoming meeting. In class, students can ask and answer questions based on the weekly assignments. Language structure is provided to guide the interaction in class.
The units last 6-9 weeks with an assessment project/test at the end of each unit. In addition to regular weekly assignments, students will keep a weekly written journal. Contemporary music selections will be presented each week with activities to explore the lyrics.
Who should enroll?
Students in grades 10-12 may enroll in this class. Please contact the teacher if you have any questions.
- A quiet environment for live class (i.e. not in a noisy area like a coffee shop)
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- A scanner is helpful for turning in assignments
Evaluation and Feedback
Weekly assignments receive the complete score, unless some correcting is needed. So, if students do their work, including the corrections, they will get a perfect score for their weekly assignments. On the assessments, more details are taken into consideration. If a student is working well and within their abilities, I give high marks.
Most weekly homework is graded the week it is turned in. Unit projects sometimes take longer, but I am patient when students have technical difficulties (which often show up with the bigger projects). I aim to give feedback and corrections in French on the assignments. Should students have trouble with any assignments, I am available during the week.
Parents are encouraged to reach out to Mrs. Barstow whenever they have concerns or questions. A note will be sent to them should their student get weeks behind in their work. Parents can follow their students progress and grades as an observer of their Canvas account. Progress reports go out at the end of December; the final grade goes out in May once the final test has been graded.