MYP French Language Acquisition - Grade 9

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Summary:
 
Grade 9 Language Acquisition French is an intermediate foreign language course that leads proficiency. We will explore the key concepts of culture, communication and connection. You will become lifelong learners of French language and culture through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Language is a key factor in the development of international understanding and, as such, has an important role at ISB. I will encourage my students to appreciate French language, its culture and tradition together with implementing fun and meaningful projects, activities, gamification and other new teaching ideas.
 
Teaching and learning in the chosen language acquisition course is organized into six phases. These phases represent a developmental continuum of additional language learning. Depending on their prior additional language learning experiences, students may start their language acquisition course in any phase of the continuum and may exit from any phase on the continuum. 
 
Students will develop their language skills through various units related to daily life in France and other countries where French is spoken. Applying communicative approaches to second language teaching, instructions will be done predominantly in the target language. Students will always be encouraged to think critically and take risks when expressing themselves, as the acquisition of a new language is a process that takes time and involves making mistakes as the part of this process. The main goal is to enable students to use language to communicate real meanings.
 
Units and topics:
 
This course is divided in four units of study that students will approach from a communicative perspective. These units are related to daily life in the francophone world and its culture. 
  • Unit 1 – Vivre ensemble (Live together) 
  • Unit 2 – Notre planète (Our planet)
  • Unit 3 – Les Français importants (Important French people)
  • Unit 4 – Les réseaux sociaux (Social networks)
Aims:  
 
The aims of the teaching and learning of MYP language acquisition are to:
  • gain proficiency in an additional language while supporting maintenance of their mother tongue and cultural heritage 
  • develop a respect for, and understanding of, diverse linguistic and cultural heritages
  • develop the student’s communication skills necessary for further language learning, and for study, work and leisure in a range of authentic contexts and for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • enable the student to develop multiliteracy skills through the use of a range of learning tools, such as multimedia, in the various modes of communication 
  • enable the student to develop an appreciation of a variety of literary and non-literary texts and to develop critical and creative techniques for comprehension and construction of meaning 
  • enable the student to recognize and use language as a vehicle of thought, reflection, self-expression and learning in other subjects, and as a tool for enhancing literacy 
  • enable the student to understand the nature of language and the process of language learning, which comprises the integration of linguistic, cultural and social components 
  • offer insight into the cultural characteristics of the communities where the language is spoken
  • encourage an awareness and understanding of the perspectives of people from own and other cultures, leading to involvement and action in own and other communities 
  • foster curiosity, inquiry and a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, language learning.

Assessment criteria:
 
Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria.
 
Criteria A - Comprehending spoken and visual text
  • listen for specific purposes and respond to show understanding
  • interpret visual text that is presented with spoken text
  • engage with the text by supporting opinion and personal response with evidence and examples from the text.
 
Criteria B - Comprehending written and visual text
  • read for specific purposes and respond to show understanding
  • interpret visual text that is presented with written text
  • engage with the text by supporting opinion and personal response with evidence and examples from the text.
 
Criteria C - Communicating in response to spoken, written and visual text
  • interact and communicate in various situation
  • express thoughts, feelings, ideas, opinions and information in spoken and written form
  • speak and write for specific purposes.
 
Criteria D - Using language in spoken and written form
  • organize thoughts, feelings, ideas, opinions and information in spoken and written form
  • develop accuracy when speaking and writing in the target
Required materials:
 
Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Charged laptop
  • A4 notebook with lined pages. This notebook must be used just for French class.
  • A4 folder
  • A pencil case with supplies necessary for class
  • Textbook - Décibel 4 (B1.1)
  • Workbook -Vocabulaire progressif - Niveau intermédiaire
How to be successful:
  • Be PREPARED by having all of your supplies with you when you walk through the door
  • Be POLITE to your classmates, to the teacher, and respect the classroom and its supplies.
  • Have a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE and you will succeed.
  • PARTICIPATE in the target language.
  • PRODUCE your best work and stay on task. 
  • Be PROMPT to class every day.

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