Les cours de français de Mme Spencer

  French I:  General Course Expectations and Class Contract 
Course Description:  In this course, we will begin our study of the French language.  Our main goal is to acquire the skills that are necessary for performing simple tasks and satisfying basic needs in an everyday setting.  Students will participate in activities and assignments designed to develop all four modalities of communication – reading, writing, listening, and especially speaking.  Because successful communication depends on more than knowing what words to say, we will also study important aspects of the history and culture of French-speaking regions around the world.

Grading Policy:  
Class Work/ Participation    20%    
Tests:                                     20%
Quizzes:                                20%    Students should expect daily written and/or oral quizzes.
Homework                            20%   Graded for completion and accuracy; may be collected without notice.    
Projects                                 20%

LATE WORK.  All class work and homework to be turned in on time-- this often is the beginning of class.  If a student chooses to turn in a class work or homework assignment late (not because of an excused absence), the assignment must be turned in the next class day for a maximum of 60% of the credit earned on the assignment.  A project or presentation may be presented one day late, by appointment, after school, for 60% credit.

At the end of each semester, there will be a final exam with written and oral components.  In accordance with district policy, the final exam will be worth 20% of the semester grade.  The school, not the instructor, establishes the criteria for exemptions from exams; this will be posted in Les Annonces.

Participation:  Participation in class is essential in learning to communicate in a foreign language.  See the rubric and an explanation of how participation is assessed in the subpage under HOME.

Academic Integrity:  Academic integrity is of the highest importance.  Academic dishonesty is a serious matter, and no credit will be given to any and all persons involved.  In this class, academic dishonesty (cheating) includes copying someone else’s classwork or homework, allowing others to copy one’s own work, talking or passing notes during a test or quiz, looking on another student’s paper during a test or quiz, using any unauthorized materials on tests and assignments and plagiarism.  I will follow the school  policy concerning cheating, including contacting parents and administrators.

I encourage students to use computers when doing assignments for class.  Some word processing programs have spell check and dictionaries.  These are helpful.  However, under no circumstances should students use a translation program or on-line translating service for any assignment.  This applies to translations from English to French or from French to English.  Any such use is considered cheating and will be treated as such. If students or parents have any questions about this policy, please contact me.

Absences:  It is important for students to be present in every class, but especially in foreign language classes where we build new foundations for future language skills every day.  However, if it is necessary for a student to be absent, it is the responsibility of the student to make up any missed assignments, announced quizzes or tests (unannounced quizzes may not be made up).

  • When a student returns to school after an absence, he or she must immediately turn in any assignments (homework or projects), assigned prior to and due during the absence(s), in my make-up folder.  At the end of each day, I will give full credit only to the assignments, which have been completed and promptly turned in.
  • Arrangements to make up tests or quizzes must be made the day of the student’s return to class.  Work must be made up within a reasonable amount of time (not to exceed one day for each day absent).   Being absent the day before a scheduled test does not excuse a student from taking the test.  It is the student's responsibility to keep track of these dates.

Teacher Contact
:  I am available for extra help, tutoring and make-up work on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 2:25 – 2:55.  Parents can reach me by telephone (703-123-4567 ext. 2329) or by e-mail (
madamespencer@schools.net) to address concerns or to arrange conferences.

 Please read and complete the form below, sign,  and have your parent (s) sign it; return it to me with all other required forms before September 9 for a FREE HOMEWORK PASS.

I have read the attached copy of the policies and procedures for Mme Spencer's class.  I understand that I am responsible for following these policies and procedures.

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I have read the attached copy of the policies and procedures for Mme Spencer's class.  I understand that my student  is responsible for following these policies and procedures.

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