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French is an elective class offered in your high school. UC schools require at least 2 years of a foreign language to apply but three or four years show dedication in your college application. Our French AP class is a College class and passing the AP French test offers credits in most universities.
You can take French as soon as 8th grade at Oak Park High school by enrolling in the zero period French I class when offered. French I is also offered in summer school for credits for eligible students. See Mr MC Lelland, high school counseling office.
French II, III, French III Honors, IV, and IV AP can be taken the following years. If you are gearing to take AP as a senior you need to have 3 previous years of French so plan carefully your electives.
I am a native from France and I have lived in the United States since 1986. I obtained a Master degree at the University of Arizona and started teaching in Boston. I moved to California in 2001 and since then I have been sharing my culture and language.
Interesting article in the New York Times and Forbes magazine:
A language for the job market
More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world like Canada, Switzerland,Belgium…
The language of culture
French is the international language of cooking, fashion,thêatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, as well as films and songs, in the original French. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Molière, Léopold SendarSenghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon and Zinedine Zidane.
A language for travel
France is the world’s number-one tourist destination and attracts more than 70 million visitors
a year. A little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climat of the Côte dAzur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when traveling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other places.
The other language of international relations
French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered:Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
A language that opens up the world After English and German, French is the third most used language on the Internet.Addition in 2019-2020French III Honors
FRENCH I (CP)
PREREQUISITE-C or higher in English 8 or previous English class
Students are introduced to the French language though dialogues, skits, videos, projects, and the study of vocabulary and basic grammar with activities in the language lab. They can begin to read, understand and speak the language right away. Students learn about the French culture, custom, history, and geography around the Francophonie.
FRENCH II (CP)
PREREQUISITE-C or higher in French UC/CSU-Subject e
Students continue the study of the French language by emphasizing the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through dialogs, skits, videos, projects, and activities in the language laboratory. Vocabulary and grammar study is geared towards understanding and fluency. The students also continue to learn about French culture and custom, history, and geography within the Francophonie to understand the role of the French language and culture in today's global economy.
FRENCH III (CP)
PREREQUISITE-C or higher in French II
UC/CSU-Subject e or g
This course continues the work begun in French II by refining the four language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing. Students are exposed to French culture and realia through selected reading in French periodicals, news podcasts, as well as interpretations and analysis of French language films and songs. Vocabulary and grammar are expanded using projects, videos, music, skits, film studies and diverse activities in the Language laboratory. French III students understand the role of the French language and culture in today’s world.
FRENCH IV CP
PREREQUISITE-C or higher in French III (CP)
UC/CSU-Subject e or g
In this course, students will continue to study French grammar and vocabulary. Additionally, students will read short stories and write compositions. However, the focus will be on communication. And realia using technology resources to understand today’s Francophonie. Students will build their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to become effective communicators in the target language.
AP FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE
PREREQUISITE- A in French III (CP) or B or higher in French III (H)
UC/CSU-Subject e or g-Honors
This is a comprehensive course equal in intensity to a college level course in French. Students master French grammar and effective, fluent communication. Students complete a summer reading program in preparation for the course and take the Advance Placement Exam in French Language. This course prepares students to demonstrate their level of French proficiency across the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. All courses varied activities require students to use their skills to further their proficiency and understanding of French language, culture, history, geography, and custom in today’s world and prepare themselves for the French AP exam.