• WELCOME to FRENCH 1 at New Paltz High School!

    BLOCK 2/B    Location:  Room 174

    Instructor:  Renee Salamone    E-mail:  rschaefer@newpaltz.k12.ny.us

    Voicemail:  845.246.4175 ext. 69543


    Course Outline


    The curriculum for this course is consistent with the New York State Syllabus:

    Modern Languages for Communication: Checkpoint A

    In this course, the development of the four essential skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, continues to be the major objective. Speaking: Question/Answer activities Prepared presentations Unrehearsed situations Pair/Group work Dialogues/Monologues Listening: Authentic audio and video segments Conversations Student presentations Classroom directions and explanations Passages for comprehension French Videos Clips/Current Online News Reports Online activities Reading: Authentic materials (ads, schedules, articles, cultural realia) Short paragraphs, letters, excerpts from literary works, poems, short stories Readings from textbook and online sources The novel Un autre été, Huguette Zahler Writing: Letters, essays, paragraphs, homework, class activities, online resources Particular emphasis is given to the topics of:

    • Personal Identification
    • Travel (Transportation, Lodging, Camping)
    • Shopping
    • Community and Neighborhood
    • Physical Environment
    • Health and Welfare
    • Earning a Living
    • Culture
    • Topics not specifically taught this year are included in discussions, review material, listening comprehension and reading comprehension exercises. Textbook: Discovering French BLEU, Nouveau! McDougal Littell. Workbook: Deuxième Livre (Workbook in French Two Years): AMSCO Publishing


    1. To develop an appreciation and understanding of French language and culture and develop a global awareness, expanding knowledge of other cultures.
    2. To continue to improve skills in the following functions: Socializing, Providing and Obtaining Information, Expressing Feelings and Persuasion.
    3. To further develop the four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing with the major objective of communicating in French.
    4. To prepare for successful completion of French Level 1 ASSESSMENT


    • Unit Tests: (comprehensive) announced in advanced
    • Exams
      • Mid-Term Exam: (Cumulative) 20% of 2nd Quarter Average
      • Final Exam:  20% of Final Average
    • Quizzes: may be unannounced
    • Class Participation
    • spontaneous speech in French during class
    • asking and answering questions in French
    • attentiveness, being on task and contributing to class
    • preparedness for class
    • Oral Presentations: ~20-50 points : Includes dialogues, monologues, memorization, rehearsed and unrehearsed situations, pair or group creations/activities/presentations
    • Homework: DAILY: 5 points per day due ON TIME (completed by the beginning of class) LATE assignments receive 3 points if submitted late (the next class).
    • Projects: ~50-100 points Recommendations:
    • ***ALL homework assignments must be completed to be successful in this course. *Extra Credit (will be assigned upon request)
    • French/English Pocket Dictionary recommended
    • "501 French Verbs" (NOT required, but a great resource!)
    • www.classzone.com, other online cultural & review sites
    • CONTACT INFORMATION for Madame Salamone: Voice Mail: 845.256.4175 ext. 69543 E-mail rschaefer@newpaltz.k12.ny.us After school availability: Daily in Rm. 174 from 2:20pm to 2:45pm & by appt.
Last Modified on March 29, 2020