• James Hock - MRH Faculty

Take French at The Mountain

Updated: Jan 27



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MRHS FRENCH PROGRAM


BONJOUR! WHY STUDY FRENCH? The study of this modern language opens the door to adventures in Europe, North America, Africa, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and multiple American states. Students attain communicative proficiency in the language and discover the treasures—both past and present—of the vast, culturally rich Francophone world. Equipped with valuable linguistic skills and global awareness, graduates are poised for success on their academic and professional journeys.

FRENCH I: This course introduces students to the French language, culture and geography of the Francophone world. Students begin to develop basic proficiency in the communicative skills and to acquire the linguistic tools necessary to function in various contexts in everyday French society. Conversational and cultural awareness are based on the following topics: identity, family, interests, favorite activities, seasons, weather, clothing, cities, and school. The geographical focus of the course is the Ile de France.

FRENCH II: This course continues to introduce students to the French language, culture and geography of the Francophone world. Students expand their knowledge of basic grammar concepts and increase their bank of functional, high frequency vocabulary. Students learn to communicate about the following topics in the past, present and near future: family and friends, school, activities in different seasons, daily routines, and clothing. Finally, students will discover and explore various aspects of Francophone culture. The geographical focus of the course is Paris, Brittany, the North of France, Martinique, and Québec.

FRENCH III: In this course students learn to communicate about a variety of everyday situations in the present and past tenses. Conversational topics include family and friends, city and country life, vacations, childhood activities, and daily routines. The major grammar topics are adjectives, object pronouns, and two past tenses: the imparfait vs. the passé composé. An emphasis is placed on developing reading proficiency through French poetry and engaging cultural texts. The geographical focus of the course is the Ile de France, Le Midi, Nice, and Rennes.

FRENCH IV: In this course students learn to communicate about a variety of everyday situations using all the conversational tenses in the French language. Conversational topics include celebrations, health, daily routines, and future plans. An emphasis is placed on developing reading proficiency through the analysis of poetry, philosophy, stories, and cultural texts.


BONJOUR ET BIENVENUE!!!


Welcome to the MRHS French Program! I am delighted to be the French Teacher at Mountain Range High School. I am a Colorado native and a graduate of Denver Public Schools. I began studying French in eighth grade in the hope of one day traveling to la belle France. My pursuit of this dream inspired me to major in French at Colorado State University and to study abroad in Nantes, France, through the Institute of European Studies. My passion for the French language and culture led me to pursue graduate studies at Boston College after which I had the opportunity to live in Paris as a pensionnaire étrangère at the École Normale Supérieure in the Latin Quarter. During this year, I also taught English part-time at two collèges (middle schools) in the treizième arrondissement through the French Ministry of Education. I discovered and fell in love with teaching through my doctoral Teaching Fellowship at Boston College. My subsequent teaching experience includes positions at the secondary and university levels in both private and public institutions. My goal as a teacher is to provide students with the linguistic proficiency and cultural background they need in order to have a meaningful and exciting experience—whether personal or professional-- in a Francophone country. Learn a language and live an adventure! Bon voyage!

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