French 3 PreAP

Teacher Name Maribel Squibb                                 Subject French 3PreAP          

Teacher Email Teacher phone number: 956-580-5300 ext. 1233

Available Tutoring Time: Monday 4 – 4:30 pm                      

Required Materials:

  • Textbook: Bien Dit
  • Binder or note book.
  •  Highlighter
  • Blue or black ink pen
  • Pencil

    Course Outline/Tentative Timeline:

    This course is designed for students with two years of study of French language and culture. This course expects students to meet the requirements prescribed by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Languages Other Than English Levels 3 and 2 – Intermediate Progress Checkpoint by developing the four basic language competencies (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and engaging in the five Cs: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

    This course also supports the Standards for Foreign Language Learning by providing clearly defined objectives, a variety of pair- and group-work activities so that students can use French in a wide range of settings and contexts, and offering culture-related activities and questions that develop students’ insight and encourage them to develop observational and analytical skills.



    1 - 3

    • Introduction to course, class rules, procedures, and expectations.
    • French regions.
    • Review of present tense.

    3 - 5

    • Discussing the past.
    • Describing a place.
    • Discussing a vacation.
    • The passé compose.
    • The imparfait.

    5 - 7

    • French regions.
    • French foods and restaurant menus.
    • L’Europe francophone.
    • Overview of Belgium. Languages in Belgium.
    • Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée.
    • At the gas station.
    • Asking for and giving directions.
    • Expressing impatience.
    • Pronouns and their placement.
    • The imperative.
    • The verb conduire.

    7 - 9

    • Overview of Switzerland.
    • Household chores.
    • Personal and social responsibilities.
    • Environmental issues.
    • Expressing obligation, forbidding.

    10 - 12

    • Reprimanding.
    • Justifying actions.
    • Rejecting excuses.
    • The subjunctive.
    • Negation.

    13 - 14

    • Overview of France.
    • Clothing and stores in France.
    • Clothing style.
    • Shopping for clothes.
    • The French sense of fashion.
    • French designers.
    • Paying and responding to compliments; reassuring someone.
    • The causative faire.
    • Interrogative and demonstrative pronouns.

    14 - 15

    • L’Afrique Francophone
    • Overview of Sénégal.
    • Discussing the future.
    • Expressing intentions.
    • Expressing conditions and possibilities.
    • Asking about future plans.
    • Expressing wishes and indecision.
    • Giving advice, and requesting information.
    • The future tense.
    • The conditional tense.
    • Questions using inversion.

    15 - 16

    • Overview of Morocco.
    • Family.
    • Showing and responding to hospitality.
    • Making and accepting apologies.
    • Expressing and responding to thanks.
    • Quarreling.
    • Reciprocal verbs.
    • The past infinitive


    • First semester exam.


    • Overview of Central African Republic.
    • Wildlife in Central African Republic.
    • Making suppositions.
    • Expressing doubt and certainty.
    • Asking for and giving advice.
    • Expressing astonishment.
    • Cautioning someone and reassuring someone.
    • Expressing fear and relief.
    • African animals.
    • The rain forest and savannah.
    • Using the subjunctive


    • Overview of Tunisia
    • Traditional and modern life in Tunisia.
    • Asking someone to convey good wishes.
    • Expressing hopes or wishes.
    • Giving advice.
    • Complain, express annoyance.
    • Making comparisons.
    • Si clauses
    • The comparative.


    • L’Amerique francophone
    • Overview of Montreal
    • Agreeing and disagreeing.
    • Expressing indifference.
    • Making requests.
    • Asking for and making judgments.
    • Asking for and making recommendations.
    • Asking about and summarizing a story.
    • Talking about movies and television programming.
    • Negative expressions.
    • The relative pronouns qui, que, and dont.


    • Overview of Guadaloupe.
    • Bragging and flattering.
    • Teasing.
    • Breaking some news.
    • Showing interest.
    • Expressing disbelief.
    • Telling a joke.
    • Sea life.
    • The superlative.
    • The past perfect.


    • Overview of Louisiana
    • Festivals in Louisiana.
    • Asking for confirmation.
    • Asking for and giving opinions.
    • Asking for explanations.
    • Giving impressions.
    • Making observations.
    • Musical instruments.


    • Sports events in the francophone world.
    • Expressing anticipation.
    • Making suppositions.
    • Expressing certainty and doubt.
    • Inquiring.
    • Expressing excitement and disappointment.
    • Sports and equipment.
    • The Olympic Games.
    • Review
    • Final Exam.


    Grading policy:

    60% Major Assignments: Tests, Reports, Projects

    40% Minor Assignments: Classwork, Homework, Quizzes, Binders

    **see district grading policy for specifications**

    Course Expectations:

  • Participation is expected in class. This includes completing the assigned work.
  • There will be a minimum of two grades each week: one participation grade and one journal grade.
  • There will be a minimum of 1 project during the semester.
  • There will be a chapter test at the end of each chapter. During the last week of the semester, a chapter test may be combined with a semester exam if appropriate.

Please refer to the SISD policy for information on absences and submitting late work.

Statement for Academic Dishonesty: Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of our school.  No student shall cheat or copy the work of another. Plagiarism, the use of another person's original ideas or writings as one's own without giving credit to the true author, will be considered cheating, and the student will be subject to academic discipline that may include loss of credit for the work in question.