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.
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, and take part in everyday conversations, learning 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.
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 relexives and the passive voice. The vocabulary builds on the French I vocabulary while advancing to some more complex and commonly used/needed themes especially asscociated 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, as well as to become familiar with the more advanced verb tenses and patterns in order to approach functional communication in French-speaking countries and to prepare for the next level, Honors French III.
Honors French III
Honors French III is designed to enable students to achieve an intermediate level of communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The goals are to enhance all four language areas and culture to enable the student to communicate on an appropriate level when visiting a French-speaking country and to provide a solid foundation for further study at high school and college levels.
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.