Curriculum Overview French 1A and 1B

Course Descriptions:

French 1A

Open to 7th grade only

1A language courses are designed for students who have no previous experiences in foreign languages.  Instruction is rigorous and will develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills aligned with Colorado Academic Standards at the Novice-High Proficiency Range, as well as expose students to the cultures of the peoples who speak the target language.  

Instruction will concentrate on the following concepts:  

thematic vocabulary

using language to navigate social interactions

asking and answering questions

basic conjugations of regular and irregular verbs.  

Daily review outside of class is necessary in order to learn vocabulary and master grammatical concepts.  


French 1B

Open to  8th grade or with teacher recommendation is a continuation of 1A with a more intensive curriculum.  Instruction is rigorous and directly guided by the Colorado Academic Standards in speaking, listening, reading and writing and the Novice-High Proficiency Range.  Students will continue to develop the concepts of 1A (thematic vocabulary, asking and answering questions, navigating social interactions using the target language) with a focus on irregular verb conjugation and tense usage.  Completion of 1A and 1B is equivalent to one year (level 1) of language study, and helps facilitate  language requirements need for university acceptance.  

Students who complete 1A and 1B at Mesa will be permitted and expected to  enter level 2 at the high school.    

A final exam at the end of this course will determine student readiness for French II.  




  • Create meaning through conversation
  • Interpret written and spoken language
  • Create written and spoken language for an audience
  • Compare and contrast viewpoints unique to target language and culture
  • Explore and examine target culture
  • Combine other disciplines through target language



Colorado State World Language Standards

Intermediate Mid/Intermediate High

1. Communication in Languages Other Than English

  • Participation in basic conversations (written and oral) on a variety of familiar and predictable topics using isolated words and learned phrases (interpersonal)
  • Comprehend short exchanges (written and oral) that use learned vocabulary and grammatical structures on familiar topics (interpretive)
  • Present using learned and simple phrases or expressions (written and oral) on very familiar topics (presentational)

2. Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

  • Reproduce common practices of the cultures studied
  • Describe familiar products of the cultures studied

3. Connections with Other Disciplines and Information Acquisition

  • Summarize information gathered from target language resources connected to other content areas
  • Organize information acquired from authentic resources



  • Who am I in a global world?
  • What if I get stuck?
  • What makes a home?
  • How does geography affect culture?
  • How does history affect culture?
  • What makes a city unique?
  • Where are patterns in language?