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The French class at Randolph-Macon Academy enjoys a break from studying the language to experience the culture, as French teacher Julianne Cochran makes crepes for her class.

The Foreign Language Department develops the skills needed for effective communication in the target language.  This is accomplished by increasing the student’s ability to speak, listen to, read, and write the language with increasing accuracy, as well as to bring about a better knowledge of the people, geography, culture, and literature of the countries that speak the language.  Since a very high percentage of the top American colleges and universities require three years of one language or two years of two foreign languages for admission, R-MA requires the same for its Advanced College Prep Diploma. At R-MA, we offer a language seal to recognize advanced language students who complete four years in one language or a combination of five years in two languages. All students at each level take the National French Exam for national recognition of their achievements.

French I

First-year French helps the student attain basic proficiency in the skills of listening, reading, writing, spelling and speaking.  Students learn the sounds, stress patterns and intonation of the language.  They study basic grammar and vocabulary.  They take part in everyday conversations and learn to read and write simple questions and answers.  They learn about the geography, customs and culture of French-speaking countries and areas of the World.

French II

Second-year French helps the student expand his/her proficiency in the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  Following a comprehensive review of Level I topics, the study of grammar is expanded to include the past, future, and conditional verb tenses, as well as reflexives and the passive voice.  The vocabulary builds on the French One vocabulary while advancing to some more complex and commonly used/needed themes especially associated with the next level of verb tenses. Students continue to learn about the geography, customs and culture of French-speaking countries. The objective of this class is achieve proficiency of the present and past tenses and other grammar topics from French I as well as become very familiar with more advanced verb tenses and patterns in order to approach functional communication in French-speaking countries and in preparation for the next level, Honors French III.

Honors French III

Honors French III helps the student expand his/her proficiency in the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking focusing on the three modes of communication – interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive.  Following a comprehensive review of Level I/II topics, the study of grammar is expanded to include the past, future, and conditional verb tenses as well as reflexives and the passive voice, and introduction to the subjunctive mood. The vocabulary builds on the French I/II vocabulary while advancing to some more complex and commonly used/needed themes especially associated with the next level of verb tenses. Students continue to learn about the geography, customs and culture of French-speaking countries. The objective of this class is to achieve proficiency of the present and past tenses and other grammar topics from French I and II as well as become very familiar with more advanced verb tenses and patterns in order to approach functional communication in French-speaking countries and in preparation for AP French IV.

Honors French IV 

In Honors French IV, the student looks to build on his or her competence in the four main skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing towards greater fluency.  Listening and speaking skills are enhanced by the banning of English from the classroom and by using more advanced audio and video footage.  In reading, the student progresses to French literature and current news articles from the Internet, newspapers and magazines.  In writing, the student learns to refine his or her writing and reduce grammatical errors. The student is by now familiar and comfortable with the cultural aspects of French speaking countries, but widens his or her knowledge of current events. The goals are to increase fluency in all four language areas and culture so that the student can communicate effectively when visiting a French speaking country. The goal is furthermore to provide a sound foundation for further study at the high school and college level.