French 2 Syllabus

Issaquah High School

French 2


Instructor: Véronique Silverman

 Period 5 & 6,  Portable 3.

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

          Required textbook and materials

D’Accord  2 textbook (or e-book). Class set in the classroom.

1/2 or 1 inch  3 ring binder with 5 dividers to keep handouts organized; 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 tiny teeny umbrella for rainy days 🙂

Recommended material

French apps: ;,

Course Description

The goal of this course is to continue developing 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 textbook. Students will constantly use and recycle skills they have learned in French 1. 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 is on interpersonal, interpretive and presentational 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, participate in French cultural event around the region , watch TV5 on TV or the Internet, read French newspapers and magazines on line, 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 work.

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 (class activities) 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 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). No chewing gum in the classroom.

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 according to IHS policy. Cell phones will be used in class  ONLY for educational purposes (Quizlet, etc) and at the teacher s’ discretion.


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, cheating, use of online translators.

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 students who go to the bathroom every day or so will be referred to the nurse, and parents will be contacted.

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.

Grade bumps

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

updated: 8/27/2017






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