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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.

Throughout the world language studies, students will improve their ability to speak, listen to, read, and write French 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.  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

French 2 continues to lay the foundation for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication in French for students working in the high-novice to low-intermediate range as defined by the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages. French 2 includes explicit instruction about the language as well as authentic language experiences. The emphasis of the course is on practical application; French 2 is project-based instruction with the goal of assessing both performance (mastery of knowledge of French) as well as proficiency (language ability independent of specific instruction or curriculum).

Honors French III

Honors French III is an advanced course designed to guide students from intermediate-level competency to proficiency across the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Through a holistic approach to language proficiency, “[students] learn language structures in context and use them to convey meaning… [this] course strives to promote both fluency and accuracy in language use and not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. In order to best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught in the target language.” ~Adapted from the College Board description for AP French Language and Culture 

Advanced Placement French IV/V (Dual-enrolled as French 111, 112 with Lord Fairfax Community College)

AP French Language and Culture is a college-level course designed to guide students from intermediate-level competency to proficiency across the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Through a holistic approach to language proficiency, “[students] learn language structures in context and use them to convey meaning… The AP French Language and Culture course strives to promote both fluency and accuracy in language use and not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. In order to best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught in the target language.” ~AP College Board description
Prerequisite: Completion of French III or equivalent with grade of A or a grade of B with teacher approval.