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CU Succeed Credit for French 4 If you decide to do the CU Succeed College Credit-we will register officially in Jan. even though our course goes all year. ( CU Succeed credit transfers to most universities and colleges. Thompson pays for credit.)

Your assignment this summer is:

1. (Practice is important. Challenge yourself to do about 45 minutes a week- especially RFI site for listening and understanding. Turn in the log to show me what you did. This is highly encouraged, but optional. Just challenge yourself.)

Summer work for French V AP

If you are going to be in French V AP Practice is important. please try to do about 45 minutes a week- especially RFI site for listening and understanding. Turn in the log to show me what you did.This is highly encouraged, but optional. Just challenge yourself.

Here is your practice (not required) summer work besides filling out the log as a challenge:

a. Please review this site so you know all the parts and the six themes of the exam: AP French exam
b. Must do required: Found one article in French for one of the 6 themes (as indicated on the site referenced above). The article must come from a French/Francophone site. It must be between 300-400 words. Write a 200 word blog entry in advanced French studied in French 3 and French 4.

Summer work for French IV IB Diploma SL (if you are a senior next year only)

If you are a senior (IB diploma)and going to do the French IV IB SL Diploma test, since you did the Belgium unit, please try to do 45 minutes a week. Turn in your log (download below) to show me what you did. This is highly encouraged, but optional. Just challenge yourself.

Here is your practice (not required) summer work besides filling out the log as a challenge:

a. Please review this site so you know all the parts of the exam: IB SL Test Download the rubics.
b. Find one article in French for one of the core themes-tronc commun (as indicated on the site referenced above). The article must come from a French/Francophone site. It must be between 300-400 words. Write a 200 word blog entry in advanced French studied in French 3. Use the correct format for a blog as indicated in your yellow packet on day one. (required)


Summer work for French IV IB Diploma SL (if you are a junior next year only) (but I highly recommend that you wait until you are a senior and in French V)

If you are a junior and planning on doing the French IV IB SL Diploma test as a junior-- you must do more practice since most people do the IB SL in French V.
You must try to challenge yourself to do 45 minutes a week. Focus on different topics and different skills. Focus on reading articles from different Francophone countries. Find pictures and practice speaking about the picture. Remember to fill out the required log (download below) and turn it in on the first day.

Here is your practice (not required) summer work besides filling out the log as a challenge:

a. Please review this site so you know all the parts of the exam: IB SL Test Download the rubics.
b. Find one article in French for one of the core themes-tronc commun (as indicated on the site referenced above). The article must come from a French/Francophone site. It must be between 300-400 words. Write a 200 word blog entry in advanced French studied in French 3. Use the correct format for a blog as indicated in your yellow packet on day one. (required)
c. Find 2 culturally appropriate pictures from the optional themes. You will be required to talk about the these of these pictures for 3-4 minutes in the first week. I will record you and then ask you questions about the topic. You may have a sheet with 10 talking points in French.

Summer work for French IV IB Diploma SL (if you are going to take the IB French SL exam in your senior year) ( I highly recommend that you wait to take this test as a senior and in French V)

If you are a junior and will be in Year 1 of the DP and plan on taking the IB French SL test in your senior year:
You must try to challenge yourself to do 45 minutes a week. Focus on different topics and different skills. Focus on reading articles from different Francophone countries. Find pictures and practice speaking about the picture. Remember to fill out the required log (download below) and turn it in on the first day.

Here is your practice (not required) summer work besides filling out the log as a challenge:

a. Please review this site so you know all the parts of the exam: IB SL Test. Download the rubics.
b. Find one article in French for one of the core themes-tronc commun (as indicated on the site referenced above). The article must come from a French/Francophone site. It must be between 300-400 words. Write a 200 word blog entry in advanced French studied in French 3. Use the correct format for a blog as indicated in your yellow packet on day one. (required)
c. You will have more time to practice. You will do the Belgium unit in Jan. to help you practice the different aspects of the exam via these activities.

What plan of action will you design in order to practice French as much as possible in order to reach higher levels of proficiency?


This site is for students going into these classes this fall: French V AP, French IV DP and French IV Pre-AP, French IV CU Succeed credit.

Log: Download as many of these sheets as you need to complete the summer work. Challenge yourself to at least 45 minutes per week. Organize these sheets in a way that is easy for me to understand and see what you did

(same document but in word document if you want to type on it)

Vary what you use on this site each week. For example, listen to the news one week, then try some games another week, listen to music to understand them or practice your grammar and vocabulary, review some of the textbook activities and games at the bottom of the page. etc. The more variety the more skills you develop.

What plan of action will you design in order to practice French as much as possible in order to reach higher levels of proficiency?


Preparing for the AP/IB/MYP/CU Gold Language assessments demands that you also reflect on what you need to learn and practice in order to reach your goals and the goals of the program.. Spending a little time everyday listening to French-language Francophone songs, playing games in French, watching French-language Francophone television shows cartoon, etc. online, or watching part of a French-language Francophone movie a regular basis will improve your language skills for the AP/IB/CU Gold assessments drastically. By the time the exam comes, you will be able to think in French better each day. Remember it is up to you to continue to practice. Language learning is a skill that must be developed frequently and over a long period of time.

If you find a link you want to add to this page, send it to me. Indicate the category I should put it in also.
arnaud.garcia@thompsonschools.org


Link to LHS French classes main wikispace


Link to LHS French Devoirs wikispace



Video games
  • Do you play video games with gamers from other countries that speak French? Maybe this can be part of your weekly time from time to time.

Test your proficiency

Practice Tests at all levels
  1. Test de français
  2. BBC French test
  3. Grammar practice tests
  4. Transparent Language
  5. New York Regents exam for French

AP Practice Exam questions
  1. Practice 1

Lots of choices
  1. Supersite for all things French:lots to learn here
  2. Go Abroad Newsletter: learn about study abroad, working abroad, travel abroad, volunteer abroad


Listening/Viewing Practice (Les Infos-news)
Les infos (news)-It is important to be aware of global current events. Your exams ask you to read and/or listen to texts and synthesize the information into a writing or a short response with justification. You will also find links to Francophone music, film, etc.
  1. RFI infos du jour
  2. France-info
  3. 1 jour 1 actu
  4. Info-Jeunes
  5. ONU-Radio des Nations Unies
  6. Jeune Afrique:les infos
  7. TV5 Monde:actualité hebdomadaire-Les 7 jours sur la planète
  8. La Banque Mondiale et les défis mondiaux
  9. BBC Interactive video theme instruction
  10. RFI general-les infos et la musique
  11. Frenglish news-in French and English with audio-good start for practice type of AP exercises
  12. TV5 Monde Actualités du Jour
  13. Les 7 jours sur la planète-les dossiers
  14. Radio France
  15. News Map in France-cliquez sur "France"
  16. Qui est le #1 chef des pâtisseries en France cette année?
  17. Québec infos
  18. BBC Afrique
  19. CultureBox-Fr3-info culturelle en vidéo
  20. Les infos-20 minutes.fr
  21. TV5Monde
  22. France 24 YouTube channel
  23. BBC Languages-French
  24. Coup de Pouce sur la planète
  25. Authentic French Listening Resources
  26. TV5Monde Afrique
  27. Continent Noir
  28. Podibus est un site internet qui a pour vocation de diffuser des contenus culturels nomades. Exemples: Podcasts et guides de châteaux. Good site for AP format with listening and reading-synthesize


Listening/Viewing Practice
  1. Podcasts en français facile
  2. BrainPOP Learning Videos
  3. Watch French TV
  4. Glee en français
  5. La France Bis-some fun topics to read and listen about.
  6. Courts dialogues avec transcription
  7. Lyrics Training-listen to music video in French and fill in lyrics
  8. Le chocolat, La Tour Eiffel, La mode:les vidéos
  9. La cuisine-vidéos pour préparer les plats
  10. La cuisine au Sénégal
  11. Les Maths
  12. Les Maths #2
  13. La magie-card tricks et plus
  14. Curiosphere TV5
  15. La France Bis authentic listening activities
  16. Radio France Facile


Listening Practice (La musique, les films, les exposés etc)
  1. La France Bis: current topics-exposés and listening exercises
  2. Vidéoclips de musique populaire francophone
  3. Les chansons-écoutez et essayez les exercises-3 niveaux
  4. Lyrics Gap-Fill in the missing word while listening to the French song
  5. Revue du film: Les Choristes
  6. Stars Parades-Musique en Afrique et aux Antilles
  7. Paris-Qu'est-ce qui se passe ce weekend, etc.
  8. Listening Practice-daily life
  9. MSN video française
  10. French in Action:series of soap opera French instruction videos about the adventures of Robert et Mireille
  11. Les bandes-annonces des films et les exercises à lire
  12. La Musique #1
  13. Universal Musique France
  14. La Chanson Française et Francophone
  15. Podibus est un site internet qui a pour vocation de diffuser des contenus culturels nomades. Exemples: Podcasts et guides de châteaux. Good site for AP format with listening and reading-synthesize


Reading Practice (Lire)
  1. Les journaux (newspapers in France)
  2. Afrique-les infos
  3. Expédition humanitaire au Sénégal
  4. Manger à Flunch
  5. INSEE-les statisques de la vie française, etc.
  6. Paris pour les jeunes adultes
  7. Les Ados-stories about and teenagers
  8. Read international newspapers-Lisez des journaux internationaux
  9. Les Petits Citoyens
  10. Vogue en français-les vêtements
  11. La France Bis
  12. African stories
  13. Culture Blog Français
  14. Reader's Digest-Canada
  15. Lire: Harry Potter, les animaux, les BD
  16. Euronews
  17. European Space Agency for Kids
  18. lafrancebis: exercises, lire en ligne (modern topics)
  19. Conte-moi la francophonie: Ce centre de ressources du patrimoine oral francophone propose des contes collectés dans différents pays, enregistrés en français et en langue locale, accompagnés d'une fiche pédagogique.
  20. Gastronomie
  21. La Cuisine-les recettes-gâteaux, pâtisseries, biscuits
  22. La Cuisine-les recettes-gâteaux, pâtisseries, biscuits
  23. Cavilum-Vichy-series of advanced level themes and activities
  24. Frenglish News: read and listen


Grammar Practice (Grammaire)
  1. Walk, talk and learn-grammar by walks through Paris-super cool! (scroll down page)
  2. Les verbes
  3. Les verbes 2
  4. Bon Voyage text: series of activities to help practice your French
  5. Grammaire et conjugasion
  6. French 3, 4, 5 grammar
  7. French 3 grammar
  8. French Placement test-advanced level
  9. Français InteractifStudents explore French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who have participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. Online curriculum includes over 320 videos, vocabulary and phonetics audio, online grammar reference with self-correcting exercises and audio dialogues, verb conjugation and practice tools, diagnostic grammar quizzes (testez-vous), a workbook of classroom activities and homework assignments, online polls, and Internet writing activities.
  10. The Languages Resources Website: French resources-check A level for more advanced thematic topics


Vocabulary Practice (Vocabulaire)
  1. Series of voicethreads made by many with different topics in French.
  2. BBC French situations in French
  3. Les jeux de vocabulaire-jouez bien
  4. French slang-l'argot-great practice
  5. Word Reference


Cultural Knowledge (Culture)
  1. La Culture:The four levels of cultural awareness: Lisez avec les détails et après il faut que vous preniez l'interrro.
  2. Maintenant continez à Ethnocentrism to ethnorelativitism
  3. Le Patrimoine Français-French national heritage sites
  4. Le Centre des monuments nationaux de France--très impressionant
  5. Lots of French cultural links
  6. Afrique TV5 Monde
  7. CultureBox-Fr3-info culturelle en vidéo
  8. Les infos-20 minutes.fr
  9. The people-in-france Daily
  10. Understand France-Intercultural perspectives
  11. Les 25 chansons les plus grandes en ce moment

La Technologie
  1. Les apps pour Paris
  2. Fabriquer une éolienne


La Littérature


L'Art



Les Jeux-Games


Les Sports


Les voyages


Technology and Language fun-Try some of these tools and make things in French


C'est à toi-les livres


C'est à toi -French 2 quia activities (all kinds of games and review activities such as Battleship, Memory, etc.)


C'est à toi-French 3 quia activities (all kind of games and review activities such as Battleship, Memory, etc. )

Other online Book resources:

IB Exam format practice

New IB 2013 Exam format:

IB-DP Exam First Exams 2013


External assessment 70%
Internal assessment 30%
  • Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes): Receptive skills 25%

    Text-handling exercises on four written texts, based on the core (Commnication & Media, Global Issues, Social Relationships).
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  • Individual oral (8–10 minutes) 20%

    Based on a picture provided by the teacher (options: Cultural Diversity, Customs & Traditions, Health, Leisure, Science & Technology): 15 minutes’ preparation time and a 10-minute (maximum) presentation and discussion with the teacher.
  • Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes): Written productive skills 25%

    One writing exercise of 250–400 words from a choice of five, based on the options (Cultural Diversity, Customs & Traditions, Health, Leisure, Science & Technology).
  • Interactive oral activity 10%

    Based on the core (Commnication & Media, Global Issues, Social Relationships) (Three classroom activities assessed by the teacher).
  • Written assignment: Receptive and written productive skills 20%

    Intertextual reading followed by a written exercise of 300–400 words plus a 100-word rationale, based on the core (Commnication & Media, Global Issues, Social Relationships).


IB/AP Writing formats
  • We will use and practice these formats in class to align with the themes of the units. But you will need to practice more. I suggest you practice one more format a week on your own. I will gladly review and correct anything you turn in extra. Review the information I gave you or you find in order to write in the correct format.
  • All text type formats must be written in the correct "French" style. If you do not do this, you automatically lose lots of points for the activity. These test types vary (some greatly) to formats you are used to writing in the United States. This means also the way the format looks like such as exact placement of dates, openings, closings, style such as brochure, etc,)
  • You will also need to be able to analyze a writing prompt in order to choose the correct text type.

All French students need to be able to write the following text type formats "the French way" for the exam:
-un journal intime/blog
-un article
-une lettre officielle (une lettre de reclamation (letter of complaint)/candidature/a un auteur)
-une lettre a un ami
-un discours (a speech)
-le guide de recommandations, la brochure
-le recit d'imagination
-le compte-rendu (summary)
-une declaration à la police
-une critique d'un film/livre
-une anecdote
-une page internet

The declaration to the police rarely shows up. An anecdote is a funny story. The compte-rendu is a factual account of an event such as a school trip to Cambodia for humanitarian work. The recit d'imagination is the task where you write part of a story based on starting sentences given to you by the question.

AP Test Format
The first AP French test will be in 2013-French Level 5
The AP French test will have a new test that year.
Here is a wiki made by teachers all over the world to help with AP French practice
Check out the format of the test and a practice test








Section
Number of Questions
Percent of Final Score
Time
Section I: Multiple Choice
Approx. 95 minutes
Part A
Interpretive Communication:
Print Texts
30 questions
50%
Approx. 40 minutes
Part B
Interpretive Communication:
Print and Audio Texts (combined)
35 questions
Approx. 55 minutes
Interpretive Communication:
Audio Texts
Section II: Free Response
Approx. 85 minutes
Interpersonal Writing: E-mail Reply
1 prompt
50%
15 minutes
Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay
1 prompt
Approx. 55 minutes
Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation
5 prompts
20 seconds for each response
Presentational Speaking: Cultural comparison
1 prompt
2 minutes to respond
Source

CU Gold college Credit for French 4



French language search engines

French Google

Google offers dozens of country-specific search engines; here are the ones for francophone countries. Note that for multilingual countries, you may need to click "français" under the search box to go to the French interface: