French is the international language of business and diplomacy. This course, taught entirely in French, is an introduction to the culture of business and professional relationships in the Francophone world. By the end of this course, students will better understand the global marketplace and be conversant in professional French. The first semester is highly interactive and applied, wherein current socio-economic and cross-cultural issues are explored through modern media to improve extemporaneous language proficiency and instill social and professional confidence. Exercises of the second semester are intended to promote specific fluency in employment practices and formalities of daily life abroad. Students use new terminology to write business letters, conduct telephone conversations and business meetings, and prepare to communicate in a professional environment. Students will leave the course with the linguistic, intercultural and critical thinking skills necessary to navigate study abroad, work, or internship opportunities in a French-speaking country. For students who are interested, the course offers pathways that serve as preparation for the exam leading to the Diplôme de Français Professionnel of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and/or the DELF, the diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
“I love my class, my classmates and my teacher. We have a lot of good discussions and I’ve learned so much”
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
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OUR RESEARCH-BASED APPROACH TO TEACHING LANGUAGES ONLINE
One Schoolhouse designs competency-based courses with the student-teacher relationship as the cornerstone of our personalized pedagogy. While students excel in our language AP courses, for many years we did not offer full sequence language courses because there was little research to support the efficacy of online language learning at the early levels. The research shows that fewer than 1% of Americans are proficient in the language they studied in traditional classrooms. Not wanting this outcome for One Schoolhouse students, our goal is to inspire deep learning so we strive to ensure that the online learning experience increases the effectiveness of second language acquisition. In recent years, we have honed our approaches to delivering the four language competencies – reading, writing, listening, and speaking – in the online space, and have therefore endeavored to build out our Chinese, French, and Latin sequences. The limitations of other online language programs are mitigated by the centrality of the student-teacher relationship, including interactive sessions where students speak, listen, and translate with their peers and teacher, at One Schoolhouse. J.C. Narcy-Combes’s research on second language learning online shows that, “meaningful interaction will trigger learning processes,” which we know to be true anecdotally, and that, with intentional design, students can be taught to learn language effectively online. Carrier et. al. have more recently shown that educational technologies and online learning are rapidly transforming second language acquisition, and that intentional practice can create a highly effective digital experience. Because One Schoolhouse students have pathway options where they can practice in the target language at their own pace, get feedback from their teacher, interact with peers from around the country, and demonstrate their mastery through both traditional assessments and creative projects, students have the full complement of research-based learning activities in their online courses that you would expect to find in any independent school language program. Additionally, our language teachers have advanced degrees from American universities, are trained in both their language and the best pedagogical practices for delivering language online, teach in independent schools around the US, and are AP readers.
Foreign Languages Teacher
BM Conservatoire de musique de Québec
BA Université Laval
MA University of North Texas