The teaching of French is a proud tradition at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School. French instruction begins in Kindergarten with students having French class weekly through the fourth grade. In fifth grade, students receive French class twice weekly. In sixth grade, our students receive French instruction three times a week and in our seventh and eighth grades, class is four times a week.
Students who have completed the French program will have completed the equivalent of a high school French I class. Upon graduating, students may be able to take French II Honors in high school.
The French program is also responsible for several wonderful events throughout the school year. Each year, our language teachers host French Week, a week-long celebration of French culture. Our seventh grade also takes a four-day trip to the French-speaking city of Quebec, where they meet their pen pals and have an opportunity to speak the language they have studied. In the eighth grade, students have been invited, among other immersion schools, to Milton High School for a French performance.
New students who are considering an offer to join BFCCPS can find some French resources for new students on this page provided by our Grade Six through Eight French teacher, Madame Malouf.
French Curriculum Highlights:
In kindergarten through second grade, French is a fun and active weekly introduction to the French language and culture. Students learn basic vocabulary through songs, games, circle time, read alouds and language acquisition activities. This introduction includes vocabulary such as colors, numbers, greetings, school items, weather, family, days, months and more. First and second grade students keep a weekly journal in class utilizing the vocabulary covered each class in their journal entries. Students are also introduced to some of the more iconic symbols of France such as the French flag and the Eiffel Tower.
In third through fifth grade, the focus is on expanding student’s French reading, writing, speaking and listening. A large variety of vocabulary and grammar is presented with an emphasis on comprehension. The focus is on theme centered vocabulary and grammatical concepts such as verb conjugation, gender of nouns and adjective agreement. Some of the themed lists for this age group include animals, food, sports, school subjects, place names, country names, items in your house, time, transportation and more. The verbs introduced are To Like, To Have, To Be, To Go, To Play, To Do and more. Students keep a weekly journal in class utilizing the vocabulary covered each class in their journal entries. In addition, an aspect of French history, culture or geography is presented each month.
Sixth grade serves as a transition to a more rigorous approach toward learning French, stressing the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each unit begins with an oral presentation of the new material. The vocabulary is then presented in small, manageable segments, permitting the students to master the new material.
Students begin to learn grammar rules such as verb endings, subject-verb agreement, negation and articles. The French program works with the sixth grade Core Knowledge curriculum to supplement topics students are studying in science and humanities, including astronomy and the French Revolution, as well as French and Canadian culture.
In seventh and eighth grade, we aim for all students to learn how to communicate effectively and confidently in the four language skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Each unit focuses on a set of communication goals. Grammar and vocabulary lessons are redesigned to help students achieve those goals.
The Allez-viens program offers a video and audio programs to supplement each unit. Students continue to learn about French history and culture through songs, stories, biography and French films. Classes are conducted, as much as possible, in the target language so students can be immersed in the language.
Our seventh and eighth grade students are encouraged to take part in Le Grand Concours, which is organized by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). This test consists of 70-questions (listening and a written) and is one-hour long. Our students have done very well and have obtained Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.