Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic grammatical structures. The language-learning process integrates basic aspects of the geography, customs, and culture(s) of the target language countries.

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Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally. They learn to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and grammatical structures. They read material based on familiar topics and write short, directed compositions. They learn about the family structure, school life, and holidays of the target language countries.

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Students will learn to read, write, speak, and understand spoken French.
A developmental approach to the acquisition of essential vocabulary will build upon different themes at each level. The main language used in the class is French. In some stages a bilingual approach is used to explain grammar or to introduce cultural concepts especially at the early levels. It is most important to note that the target language is used extensively and it is the student’s responsibility to work with the teacher to master this essential oral component.

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At level two, students will better develop their listening and speaking skills and increase vocabulary and develop reading comprehension and writing skills. Work will be done in class to improve students’ pronunciation and intonation. Upon completion of level two, students will be able to speak and write about their lives in simple past and future tenses. They will read and react independently in various contexts to selections at an appropriate level. Further elements of culture are examined.

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