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Career

Specialized Tour Host

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the three primary verb groups including irregular and reflexive verbs in present, recent past and near future tenses, and object pronouns by using each to communicate in written and spoken French while discussing cultural and community-related information such as personal traits, gastronomy, and daily life.

Project

You are a Specialized Tour Host. Your job is the design specialized tour experiences for travelers (guests) who are visiting your French-speaking country. You will create a two-day tour that invites your guests to experience your chosen French-speaking location in an exciting and unique way. Your guests are French speakers, and you will be writing in French. Your tour will integrate activities related to gastronomy and daily life in a French-speaking country combined with other things you find interesting and unique about your chosen French-speaking location.

Career

Oral History Project

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the passé composé, and the imparfait by using each with adverbs of frequency and in negative formats to communicate in written and spoken French while discussing cultural and community-related information such as extended family and nationalities.

Project

You are an Oral History Project Coordinator at a French Heritage Association. Your job is to coordinate and manage the Association’s collection of oral histories. You identify ways in which the oral histories can support the Association’s mission of promoting the French language within the francophone culture in the United States.

The Coordinator job entails locating oral history files (in digital audio and video format, transcripts, excerpts, photographs, etc.) in French, identify the interview content that will be used for your exhibits and creating exhibits that will be used to promote spoken French. For this project, you will use audio/video files to create a virtual exhibit detailing the experiences of Francophone immigrants to the United States.

Career

Biographer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of various past tenses including plus que parfait and passé simple by communicating information about past events in written and spoken French about cultural and community-related information such as great figures in Francophone history.

Project

You are a Biographer for an educational website similar to BrainPop. You are writing captivating biographical summaries for French-speaking children aged 7-10 years old. Your biographies will have a French cultural theme of your choosing, such as great Francophone scientists, great figures of the French Renaissance, famous Francophone chefs, etc. You will create several biographical summaries with accompanying audio about great figures in Francophone history.

To get started, please view the Pace Chart. You should also download your Pace Chart to add in dates for each phase in your project, and then view the Grading Rubric. Note the rubric has 4 grading categories: Exceeds, Competent, Approaching, and Incomplete.

Career

Event Project Manager

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of expressions of indefinite quantity and the causative form of the verb FAIRE by using each to communicate in written and spoken French while discussing cultural and community-related information such as transportation, holidays and getting things done.

Project

You are an Event Project Manager for an event planning company. You will be writing and presenting an event proposal for your company’s French-speaking potential client. You are proposing an event for a Francophone holiday (of your choice). This will involve coordinating with a team of people and suppliers to accomplish a variety of tasks to organize the event.

Status

Open

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.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  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.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

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.

Travel

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.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

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Competencies

  • Three Verb Groups in Present, Recent Past, Near Future Tenses, and Object Pronouns
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the three primary verb groups including irregular and reflexive verbs in present, recent past and near future tenses, and object pronouns by using each to communicate in written and spoken French while discussing cultural and community-related information such as personal traits, gastronomy, and daily life.
  • Passé Composé, Imparfait, and Négative Formats
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the passé composé, and the imparfait by using each with adverbs of frequency and in negative formats to communicate in written and spoken French while discussing cultural and community-related information such as extended family and nationalities.
  • Plus que Parfait and Passé Simple Past Tenses
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of various past tenses including plus que parfait and passé simple by communicating information about past events in written and spoken French about cultural and community-related information such as great figures in Francophone history.
  • Expressions of Indefinite Quantity, Causative form of FAIRE
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of expressions of indefinite quantity and the causative form of the verb FAIRE by using each to communicate in written and spoken French while discussing cultural and community-related information such as transportation, holidays and getting things done.

Pre-Requisites

Recommended for grades 9-12

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