Learning Catalog

French 1

French 1

Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets elective credit


  • Comment es-tu?
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the formation of plural nouns, questions and negative constructions, adjective agreement and the use of the verb être, by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken French on topics such as family and community.
  • La Conversation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of parts of speech including singular and plural pronouns, nouns, definite and indefinite articles, and formal and informal pronouns by comprehending and communicating basic personal information in written and spoken French.
  • La Vie de la Grande Ville
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the use of prepositions à and de, and the conjugation of -ER verbs by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken French on topics such as leisure activities, navigation, and modes of transportation.
  • Ma Ville
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of regular, irregular and possessive adjectives, positional prepositions and the use of the verb aller and the French number system by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken French.
  • Mes Loisirs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of irregular, interrogative, demonstrative, and determinative adjectives as well as the conjugation of regular -IR verbs by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken French on topics such as sports and leisure activities.
  • Notre Monde
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of prepositions, preposition contractions and the conjugation of irregular -IR and regular -RE verbs by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken French on topics such as culture and geography.
  • Quel temps fait-il?
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of disjunctive pronouns, negative constructions, de contractions, the verb faire, and the futur proche by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken French on topics such as weather and making plans.
  • Qu’est-ce que tu aimes?
    Students will demonstrate the ability to express likes and dislikes and an understanding of subject pronouns by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken French on topics such as the date, time, and seasons.
  • Qu’est-ce que tu as?
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of adjective agreement, use of the verb avoir and avoir expressions by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken French.


Recommended for grades 9-12



Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/32-36 weeks


Bienvenue! Welcome! Come and join various native French speakers as they give students a lively introduction to the language and its rich culture. Join them in their everyday environment as they take students through different daily scenarios and give them the necessary skills to read, write, and speak French.

In this course, students learn the basic French language. After one semester, students will be able to engage in conversation in French including greeting people, introducing themselves, and exchanging basic information with others. Students learn to count from one to 1,000 and make simple sentences in both spoken and written French. Students continue to develop their French skills in semester two.

New words and phrases are introduced with pictures, audio clips, and examples. Students learn basic French grammar to help them build fluency and understand the structure of the French language. Students have many opportunities to practice what they learn through interactive practice activities in the form of games, written practice, and listening and speaking exercises.

Students also explore the cultures of France, Canada, and other French-speaking regions by learning about geography, foods, celebrations, and traditions from each place. Bon Voyage! Enjoy the trip!


Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1

  • Culture: Paris
  • The alphabet and pronunciation
  • Using cognates and borrowed words to build French vocabulary
  • Greetings, asking for names, and providing your name
  • Question words: asking and responding to questions
  • Numbers 1-1000
  • How you are and where you are from
  • Classroom objects
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Where French is spoken
  • Why study French
  • Culture: Train travel in France
  • Days of the week, months of the year, dates
  • Culture: Holidays of the French-speaking world
  • Subject pronouns
  • Formal vs. informal
  • Telling time
  • Talking about likes and dislikes
  • Using irregular verbs: Être, aller, avoir
  • Adjectives and adjective agreement
  • Singular vs. plural nouns
  • Negation
  • Culture: French-speaking Africa
  • Talking about family members
  • Occupations and employment possibilities for French-speakers
  • Culture: Markets and shopping
  • Talking about your city
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Expressing needs
  • Talking about clothing and colors
  • Using Avoir expressions


Segment 2

  • Culture: Strasbourg
  • Talking about communities
  • Culture: Carcassone
  • Review telling time
  • Transportation
  • Entertainment vocabulary
  • Using être a
  • Er verbs
  • The prepositions à and de
  • Culture: Weather in France
  • Describing weather
  • Culture: Nice, the French Alps
  • Activities for different seasons
  • Culture: The Eiffel Tower
  • Using the irregular verb Faire
  • Disagreeing with negative questions and statements using si
  • Talking about the future using aller + an infinitive
  • Disjunctive pronouns
  • Culture: Northwestern France
  • Talking about leisure activities and sports
  • Culture: Astérix
  • IR verbs
  • Irregular adjectives
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Talking about countries and nationalities
  • Culture: Quebec
  • Using irregular –Ir verbs
  • Interrogatives
  • Culture: French-speaking Asian countries
  • Re verbs





The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master  competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
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  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

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Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.


While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies.  The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

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