Paris…un peu d’histoire

Students have an opportunity for enrichment by viewing this PowerPoint on Paris.  It is available early in French 1 and is of sufficient depth that it is in English for these students new to French.

There is significant text for those who read well.  An abundance of images appeals to the visual learners.  The narration is helpful to the auditory learners.  Students who respond well to the unusual and quirky enjoy the “locks” on bridges slides.

They are encouraged to respond to what they find new and interesting in the early history of Paris.  They can also point out what aspects of the city itself they find most engaging.  Most will want to comment on the romantic idea of the”locks” on bridges placed there by those in love.

Paris – un peu d’histoire

Paris pour Chapitre 7

This presentation is an enrichment activity to present a panorama of Paris in French as the students study a chapter on the city.  This view of Paris shows the architecture, museums, history and culture of the capital of France.  Students then have the opportunity respond to the most interesting site or the site they would most like to visit.

The text is in French and is especially enriching for those students who are gaining greater fluency.  For the students who have not reached that fluency, there is the written French with narration in English.  Visual learners find that numerous images enhance their learning.  Students get an overview of the city many consider the most beautiful.  In their comments, numbers of students talk about their desire to visit Paris one day and use the French they have learned.

EPortfolio 2015-16 Student Work exemplars

Students create a project in PowerPoint for each chapter/module in the French 1 courses.  They are required to create a minimum of 4 slides using the chapter vocabulary and an audio exemplar for the project.  Some of the new PowerPoint programs do not have the facility for recording and sending audio.  Students then use a separate program (Vocaroo is preferred for its ease of use and posting.)

These are exemplars of student projects:

Student work Ch 9

First project

Student work Ch 10

Project 2

Student work for Ch 1

Project 3

Student work Ch6

Project 4

Chapter 6 project

This student did resubmit with this project which was much closer to the assignment.  She moved her grade from a 30 to a 60.  She learned from her mistakes and was more successful on the projects that followed.  A major issue was that she did not really read the directions for the project.  It looked like she had used material from a previous report she had done.  Since this was the first project, I gave her the benefit of the doubt.  I did post a News item reminding all students that their work in the course needed to be new and their own.

Ch 6 feedback 1

Ch 6 feedback 2

Ch 6 feedback 3

Ch 6 feedback 4


Newsletter 10/20/16


Dear Parents and Students.

This newsletter will present how Halloween arrived in France. It also serves as our course update about grading.

Students are in the process of studying family and celebrations. It has been interesting that, in addition to Noël (Christmas), almost every French student has mentioned Halloween as a favorite celebration. Please watch the video below to see how Halloween came to France and how it is celebrated.

Grades have been updated. Please continue to follow your student’s progress in the course via the parent auditor tool. We are rapidly approaching the final weeks of the course. Please encourage your student to keep eyes focused on the goal…successful completion of the course and an increasing grasp of French!

Please continue to remind your student that I am just a phone call or email away if help is needed.

Joyeux Halloween.

Barbara Abell