French 1 Syllabus

Syllabus: French 1

Issaquah High School

French 1

Instructor: Véronique Silverman

Period 1 & 2:  Portable 3.

Please read the World Languages policies (academic integrity, grading scale, absences, use of technology)  here: World Language Policies

                                          Required textbook and materials

  • D’Accord textbook (or e-book). Class set in the classroom.
  • 1” (or ½” ) 3 ring binder with 5 dividers and lined paper
  • 1 notebook
  • 1 whiteboard marker
  • 3 hole punch (to keep at home in a handy place). Value Village often has them for cheap.
  • optional: a teeny tiny umbrella for rainy days and travel to and from the main building.

Recommended material

French apps:  ; ;;

Course Description

The goal of this course is to develop the four essential language skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. The course will use a variety of media and material and will be based on the D’Accord 1 textbook. Students will constantly use and recycle skills and material. They will deepen their knowledge of French and Francophone culture and increase their communication skills. As they increase in fluency, they should feel very comfortable using their newly acquired skills in and outside the classroom. The focus of the class is on interpersonal, presentational and interpretive  communication.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Students are encouraged to share with the class their favorite (and appropriate!) French songs, movies and websites.

Learning outside the classroom is strongly encouraged and expected. Students should listen to Francophone music, watch Disney movies in French, etc…

Course Expectations.

The key to success in language learning is to immerse yourself in the language as much as you can. Study an additional 15-20 minutes daily after completion of homework. Review notes, make flashcards, graphic organizers and vocabulary lists or listen to Francophone music. Seek out tutoring and extra help. Review the vocabulary daily.

The online homework must be completed daily as assigned. There is a -10% late day penalty for VHL (online) assignments that are turned in late.

Participation and class activities.

Because speaking and listening are essential to language learning, participation in class is an essential part of the course. Perfection is not required but participation is! Students will be graded on their individual participation. We will have frequent activities in which you will be expected to SPEAK French to your partner, your group or the whole class. 


There will be homework nearly every class day. Homework is due at the beginning of class, and stamped daily. Any homework completed in class will not be accepted. Homework assigned on the D’Accord website is due at midnight (11:59pm) the day before class. For example, if there is online homework that must be turned in on Friday morning, it must be completed the day before (Thursday) before 11:59pm. Students will  also keep a homework log in their notebook and this log will be collected prior to each grading period or on a regular basis.

The online homework must be completed daily as assigned. There is a -10% late day penalty for VHL (online) assignments that are turned in late.  


Quizzes                           20%

Tests                                25%

Speaking/writing         15%

Class activities              15%

Homework                    15%

Final Exam                   10%

Classroom expectations.

Everyone deserves a chance to learn and students shall show courtesy to everyone in the classroom. Students will respect each other and their environment.

Students shall come prepared to class with appropriate material: paper and pencil, etc.

Food and drink are NOT accepted in the classroom (water is OK).

Students shall help maintain a neat and orderly classroom.

Students will remain in their seats unless asked to move about for a class activity (this means don’t get up to sharpen your pencil during a presentation).

Students will also remain seated until the dismissal bell rings (don’t start packing up early).

IPods and cell phones are NOT allowed in the classroom. They will be confiscated immediately and turned in to an administrator. Cell phones will be used in class  ONLY for educational purposes (Quizlet, etc) and at the teacher s’ discretion.

No hats and no chewing gum in class.

                                                Absences and test/ quiz/oral make ups.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact me to arrange a time and day for the make up test/quiz/oral.  I will not contact the student to arrange a time and day. When students are absent on the day of a test/ quiz/ oral, they will immediately get a 0 in the grade book for that particular assessment. The 0 will be converted to a grade as soon as they take the assessment and it is graded. Students have one day to make up work for every day that they are absent, according to school and district policy. 


Students arriving late to class shall sign in on the tardy sheet. Students will receive a 30 minute detention with me or lunch detention for three unexcused tardies. 4 or more tardies will be referred to an administrator.

All rules in the Issaquah High School Discipline Policy are in effect daily in this class.

                                                   Academic honesty and cheating.

Academic honesty: all assignments are INDIVIDUAL unless otherwise noted.  PLEASE REFER TO THE WORLD LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT POLICY FOR ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY (use of online translators, etc). Use of online translators such as Google translate is considered cheating, because Google Translate or other online translators do the work, not the student.


Students must sign in and out every time they go to the bathroom, as we need to know where students are in case of an emergency.

Student will turn in their phones to the teacher before being allowed to go to the bathroom.

While I do not limit the number of times a student goes to the bathroom during the semester, “frequent flyers” or student who go to the bathroom every day or so will be referred to the nurse, and parents will be contacted.

Grade bumps

There will be NO grade bumps for Semester 1 or 2, but I will drop the lowest quiz score.

updated: 8/31/2017


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