Blytheville High School offers French I, II, III, and IV. (Availability of French IV is determined on a year-to-year basis.)
Who can enroll in French classes?
FRENCH I: Entering Freshman with a "B" or higher in 8th grade English, minimum 6th grade STAR reading level and/or recommendation by his/her 8th grade Literacy teacher Entering Sophomores or Juniors with a "C" or better in English or a "B" or better in Spanish (plus recommendation from the Spanish teacher) and a minimum 6th grade STAR reading level
FRENCH II: Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors who have successfully attained a "B" average or higher in French I - OR - Successfully attained a "C" average in French I and received recommendation from his/her French teacher (Students who have lower than a "C" average in one or both semesters of French I must retake French I before advancing to French II.)
FRENCH III: Juniors or Seniors who have successfully attained a "B" average or better in French II - AND - Must be recommended for French III by his/her French teacher
FRENCH IV: Seniors who have successfully attained a "B" average or better in French III - AND - Must be recommended for French IV by his/her French teacher (Students CANNOT enroll in two different levels of French in the same school year.)
In French I, students are introduced to the French-speaking world and it's people, learn multiple common words and phrases, use numbers, colors, weather, and other vocabulary along with present tense verb conjugation and sentence construction in a variety of cultural and linguistic lessons.
In French II, students build upon the foundation that was laid in the previous year. Students begin exploring multiple verb tenses as well as greatly increasing their vocabulary and reading skills through individual and group projects. This is the most challenging year of study because of the amount of material covered in a limited amount of time. Students will begin to read authentic French selections extensively as well as free-write in the language.
In French III,the first semester focuses on more advanced reading, writing, and speaking skills. In the second semester, students use these skills to begin a study of French history as seen through French eyes, starting with the Gauls and going through the French Revolution. All print material is entirely in French, and students begin to speak more often in French than in English. If time allows, at the end of the year, students may embark on a more advanced study of French grammar and culture through art, literature, and film.
In French IV,students will put their French language skills to the test, by continuing their study of French history beginning with WWI through present day, including the history and cultures of francophone North America and Africa. In the second semester, students will greatly enhance their understanding and usage of the spoken language through an in-depth study of French film, and will then spend the last month of their final semester preparing for college-level French exams and coursework, as well as discussing ways to continue their study and use of French throughout their adult lives.