French 1


Mme Derfeuil - Salle 110

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Telephone : 919-960-8353 ext. 110

Google Classroom Login Code : hss7u5j 


Bienvenue dans le cours de Français 1! 


It is a pleasure to introduce to you the most beautiful language in the world, French! This year, we will learn the basics of the language, spending much of our time on vocabulary acquisition. We will also learn the use of some of the most essential verbs in French and important grammar points that will serve you well in all of your years of French study. Finally, you will come to know and connect with some of the major elements of the various identities of the French-speaking world. Come to this class with an open mind and heart! Your linguistic and cultural journey is about to begin!


The materials 

  • Our textbook is Bien dit!1b. Please bring it to class every day. 


Class sequence


Trimester 1

Trimester 2

Trimester 3

  • Greetings, physical descriptions, personality traits, likes and dislikes, sports and leisure activities, weather, school supplies and subjects, time

  • Être et avoir, adjective agreement, aller, futur proche, possessive adjectives, -er and -re verbs

  • Québec and Sénégal

  • Clothing and accessories, sports equipment, leather goods, numbers 1,000 >>> 1,000,000

  • Demonstrative adjectives, interrogative adjectives, le passé composé

  • Sénégal - fashion and music

  • Tahiti

  • Places in the city, means of transportation, at the pharmacy, bank and post office

  • Verbs : voir, savoir and connaître, inversion

  • Writing songs, poetry

  • Medicine 

  • Breakfast foods and drinks, place settings, café foods

  • The partitive, -ir verbs, the imperative

  • Le croissant; les crêpes

  • Chores, house and furniture

  • Pouvoir, devoir, le passé composé with être

  • Tea ceremony

  • Travel items, at the hotel, train station and airport

  • Verb : appeler, prepositions with cities and countries, grammar review


Homework (40% of the trimester grade)

No late homework is accepted unless with a valid excuse such as illness. 

  • Homework assignments will be written on the board each day in the classroom and posted on the Google Classroom website.

  • Homework could consist of revision of material, listening to a song or video, a writing assignment, an oral assignment, completing grammar exercises or doing research. 

  • You will be graded on each assignment that you submit. The grade scale is as follows :  a ⇃+ (corresponds to 95),⇃(85) and ⇃- (75) system.  Any effort that warrants less than a 75 will receive a number grade such as 65 or 50. For outstanding work, you will receive a ⇃++ - the equivalent of 100 in the gradebook. 

  • Any assignment you do not submit will be counted as a zero in the grade book.


Quizzes - (vocabulary/culture quizzes are worth 25% and grammar/culture quizzes are worth 25% of the trimester grade)

  • You will have two types of quizzes in this course : vocabulary and grammar/culture

  • You will be given the dates of upcoming quizzes at least one week prior to the quiz. 

  • For all quizzes, there will be a period of revision the day before. 


Participation (10% of the trimester grade) - attitude + effort

  • Do you come to class on time each day with all materials?

  • Do you try hard on each activity and try to speak French as much as possible?

  • Are you respectful of your classmates, the teacher and the classroom?

  • Do you ever come to class with a new French website you have found, article or song that could benefit everyone?


How are year end grades determined?

Trimester 1 grade - 25%

Trimester 2 grade - 25% 

Midterm Exam - 10%

Trimester 3 - 25%

Final Exam - 15%


French is not just work in the classroom!

  • We will have ciné showings, French food, guest speakers and Skype calls with French friends, outdoor and indoor French games and read a modern French magazine all to practice our French.


Great websites 





  • Great videos that explain French concepts in less than 2 minutes – UN JOUR UNE QUESTION –


Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time about any aspect of the course. I welcome your questions, feedback and suggestions. Let’s make this a great year together! ~Mme Derfeuil