• French 4&5 = IB 5 and 6


    Bienvenue aux classes de francais niveaux 4 et 5 de Mme Torres!

    Voici notre programme de travail:

    Advanced Placement French Language

    International Baccalaureate French V and VI (SL AND HL).

    Because of the amount of material at our disposition to guide you in the various types of exams you must prepare yourself for this year, many of the online resources are on my main page under "news". Please refer to those resources on a regular basis. They are broken down for you for French exclusively so that you do not have to go back and forth to the IBO site. Same applies for the AP French exam.

                Students enrolled in I.B. V and VI French are preparing to possibly take both the Advanced Placement Language Test and the International Baccalaureate Standard Level Examination or the Highe level Examination..  Because the course content would greatly benefit any student interested in the French language, it is not required that all students take both exams.  Diploma candidates must take the International Baccalaureate test, and strong students are also encouraged to also take the A.P. test.  A passing grade on these examinations will enable students to receive college credit.  Students should contact their colleges to find which test is preferred.


    At the upper levels of language study, it is important that students learn to understand and use clear, interesting, and original language.  In order to achieve this goal, students will be exposed to texts of high quality, both literary and non-literary. We will read excerpts from various authors who represent the great diversity in the Francophone world.  In addition, we will read newspaper articles, advertisements, magazine articles, brochures, etc. The class is conducted almost entirely in French, and the students are required to speak only in French.  All four language skills are taught: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  It is important that students be present daily and complete all homework assignments because learning a second language requires a great deal of practice.

                Becoming bilingual requires a great deal of hard work.  Students must review basic concepts, explore and comprehend new areas of knowledge, and apply the structures and general knowledge they already have.  The rewards that come from being proficient in another language and from appreciating other cultures are well worth the effort.



    Imaginez, le français sans frontières, Second Edition by Cherie Mitschke

    Interaction, Révision de grammaire française by Susan St. Onge and Ronald St. Onge

    Littérature francophone, anthologie par un ensemble de professeurs francophones sous la direction de Jean-Louis Joubert

    French Four Years : Advanced French with AP Component by Françoise Stein

    Other Materials:

    Online resources listed on my website including video clips from French, Canadian and African sources in French as well as movies relevant to the curriculum pursued (see Core and Optons)

    Newspaper : France-Amérique, édition internationale du Figaro

    Magazines : Paris Match, Sélections

    Various videos, tapes, CD’s, and DVD’s

    Expectations for the Year

    Students will become proficient in all four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  They will be able to understand French spoken at normal speed by a native speaker with various francophone accents and will be able to carry on a conversation on a general or literary topic.

    Brief Outline of the Topics for the Year

    Grammar : present and imperative, compound past, imperfect, pluperfect, simple past, subjunctive, future, conditional, articles, adjectives and agreement, adverbs, comparative and superlative, negation, and pronouns.

    Literature: works or excerpts by the following authors: Philippe Delerm, Annie Ernaux, Arthur Rimbaud, Didier Daeninckx, François Truffaut, Pierre Boulle, Guy Tirolien, and Tahar Ben Jelloun.

    Culture: le commerce et la consommation, modes de vie, la vie des jeunes, les telecommunications, la presse, le mot et l’image, les transports et la technologie, la fac, et la francophonie. 

    Reading comprehension: description, story, written interaction (letters), oral interaction (dialogues and interviews), explanation, argument, analysis and criticism, exploration (advertisement and poems), and graphic representation.

    Written Expression (following both IB and AP expectations): description, story, letters, report, subjective argument, and subjective criticism.

    Orals: reports, interviews, role-plays, instructions

    Two orals will be internally assessed for I.B. : the individual oral based on a stimulus chosen by the candidate, and the interactive oral performed in a group.  Each oral will count 15% of the total grade for I.B.

    External Evaluation: based on a written test given in two parts: interactive reading with several texts and questions as well as a short written exercise (40%); and written production in which the student choses one written task from a choice of four (30%).


    Daily homework assignments count 5 points.  Quizzes on vocabulary, grammar, and texts count 20-50 points.  Major tests and compositions count 100 points.  Oral presentations count 20-50 points.  The grade is determined by adding all the points earned and dividing by the total possible number of points.

    Special Requirements

    You should have a good French-English dictionary.  Verb/grammar review texts can be helpful, especially when preparing for the I.B. and A.P. examinations.  An example would be the SAT II review text.  In class, French must be spoken whenever possible.  You must keep a notebook for grammar, listening comprehension, notes, etc, as well as possible ideas for your individual oral.

    Extra Help

    If you are having difficulty in the class, you should ask for extra help as soon as possible.  I am available ater school and at some lunch periods by appointment.  In addition, the French Honor Society provides free tutoring.  You may also contact a private tutor, and I have some information about various tutors in town.

    Teacher Contact

    You may contact me by email at torresbg@gm.sbac.edu


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