Ventura High School
- Français 2 is a fast-paced, multi-faceted development of the French language and culture.
- The course runs on the principle of comprehensible input (listening and reading understandable French), and with the belief that language is acquired rather than learned. In this way, instructional methods and student work will not resemble those of more traditional language classrooms or other subject matters.
- The course seeks to establish a strong base for early language development through comprehensible near immersion in the classroom, varied teaching methods (including TPR- Total Physical Response- and TPRS- Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), class discussion and conversation, projects, and approximately 20 minutes of reading a night.
- The curriculum encourages student interest in French culture through presentations, demonstrations, music (Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Joe Dassin, Francis Cabrel, Hugues Aufray and others), and films (Le Huitième Jour ; Au Revoir, les Enfants ; Le Mur; Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources and Entre les Murs).
- The course instruction seeks to accommodate all types and levels of learning.
- While the development & acquisition of conversational communication are the focus of the course, students will also be developing French reading & writing skills in preparation for higher levels.
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Francais 2, ECLRS
The Expected Classroom Learning Results (ECLRS) review how the class is run, what will be taught, homework expectations, projects, and how students will be assessed. All students and parents should familiarize themselves with this document.
"Bip! Bip!" de Joe Dassin, la chanson
Click here to listen to Joe Dassin's songs about a lovely girl and being stuck in traffic.
"Bip! Bip!" de Joe Dassin, les paroles
Click here for the words to Joe Dassin's song about a lovely girl and being stuck in traffic.
"Dejeuner du matin" - Sample Film
Watch this sudent film interpreting the Jacques Prevert poem we read in class. This is an exmapke if what you could do for extra credit.
These are the lyrics to one of the first songs you will learn. The song, by Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel (Monsieur De Clerck's favorite), is to be translated in the first quarter.
Brel's "Zangra" the song
This song (see the lyrics also on this page), combines many cognates, simple structures, repetioand irony. We listen to it, translate it, and discuss the the theme of actively living life.
Joe Dassin "Siffler sur la Colline" - the song
Listen to the song we use to revie the passe compose.
Joe Dassin's "Aux Champs Elysees" - the song
Click here to listen to Joe Dassin's greatest hit, "Les Champs Elysees," captures the happy-go-lucky feeling of the Parisian stroll on its most famous avenue. We study this song as we learn about and map out Paris and her monuments. See the YouTube video in the "Articles" section of this site and the hard-rock version by NOFX.
Joe Dassin's "L'Amerique"
Sung by the Franco-American Dassin, this song well illustrates the at-times French idealistic view of the States.
Joe Dassin's "Le Petit pain au chocolat"
This amusing ditty helps students comprehend the usage of the imperfect. See also embarassingly out-of-date the YouTube video of Joe singing this song.
Click here to listen to the song, by "Autobus a vapeur," that you will study on the first day of French 2; a walk through a village and its people.
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