Our Amis pour la vie Program

French courses

Our Amis pour la vie program will cover 24 modules, from Beginning to Advanced French. As of Spring 2020, the program offers 16 modules for Beginning French Terms I. All 24 modules will be completed by Spring 2021.

The sequence of modules helps students transition from one term to the other in a seamless progression.  Each Module of Amis pour la vie contains 3 sections: “Des Mots”, “Des Structures” and “C´est la vie!!”.

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We have purposely avoided calling this section vocabulary, though it deals with words.

In every traditional textbook, the vocabulary section includes a list of words to be memorized, “learned” that students are responsible for memorizing. In Amis pour la vie, words are not to be memorized but used, applied and played with.

As students work with Des Mots, they are in familiar territory. According to language experts, French and English share 60% of their vocabulary, with minor spelling variations in many cases. When the vocabulary is related to the sciences, the commonality rises to 90%!

Each Des Mots section includes from 10 to 13 tables or lists of words, totaling around 400 per module. Their relevance and reason for selection is related to their use in our C´est la vie! section.

Students are asked to simultaneously read and listen to the words as they are pronounced by modeling voices, paying attention to their pronunciation and their meaning in English. Students are later asked to record after the modeling.  The drill of recording their voices as they pronounce hundreds of relevant French words, will also foment students’ oral production in a non-threatening context.

Formative assessment related to words will go from basic identifications in beginning Module, to more complex applications in future courses.

Individual, paired, group and full class activities and discussions enable further practice. Students are asked to participate in engaging exercises of identification, matching, definitions and more. Activities are visually engaging and communicative.

In conclusion, the Des Mots section of this class is the student’s sandbox for playing with French words and preparing for extended grammar practice in Des Structures, and an amazing linguistic and cultural immersion in C´est la vie!

The Amis pour la vie program supports a rich, visual and engaging approach to teaching grammar and learning.

The first activity of this section sets the stage for the learning objectives in this module. Students are asked to complete an introductory activity that uses visuals with no previous knowledge of the topic.

The subsection Remarquez. is a general introduction to the grammatical topic presented

À noter… offers a more detailed presentation that helps introduce nuances around the main structural topic. There are many examples of translations and practical communicative applications of the topics at hand.

Each Quick quiz starts with a series of comprehension-checks, to ensure that students were able to follow the presentation. Terminology related to the topic is reviewed, and ample practice follows.

The Amis pour la vie C´est la vie! section is dedicated to each and every Spanish-speaking country, including the United States.

Naming this section C´est la vie! (vs. culture) reflects our intention to introduce students to the many aspects of life in our countries.

  • Voici… is a visual introduction to the country in focus. Data related to population, political geography, flag, currency… among others. A simple True/False activity ensures critical thinking and comprehension.

  • Tout sur… takes a glance at the history, geography, life and other relevant aspects of life in the target country, from past to present.

  • Fait dans… highlights the creation, the arts and crafts and others that are at the base of the ingenuity of the people of the target country.

  • Notre langue is a visual reflection on how our language works and how it can be used in practical-communicative situations, following the premise that visual comprehension precedes oral production.

  • The Nous sommes comme ça… readings introduce students to the character and characteristics of the people of each target country.

  • The Pour communiquer section focuses on functional uses of French.

  • Si vous voyagez… is a virtual invitation to explore the most beautiful areas of the target countries. Si viajas a… represents an opportunity to familiarize students with the geography, the history, artistic manifestations, among others, of our beautiful Spanish-speaking countries.

  • Apprendre… en enseignant is a section inviting students to share what they have acquired working with their preferred section of each module. The activity should be submitted via Discussions in Canvas or presented in class, after students have transformed their presentation in a short but meaningful vlog.

  • Culture et historie… highlights the different cultural values of the target country: Art, food, music…

  • Notre musique… is an opportunity to learn and enjoy the musical highlights of target countries.

  • …remarquables is dedicated to highlight the contributions of some exemplary people, both men and women, from the target country, in areas such as the arts, sciences, humanitarian work…

Our Amis pour la vie Program

French courses

Our Amis pour la vie program will cover 24 modules, from Beginning to Advanced French. As of Spring 2020, the program offers 16 modules for Beginning French Terms I. All 24 modules will be completed by Spring 2021.

The sequence of modules helps students transition from one term to the other in a seamless progression.  Each Module of Amis pour la vie contains 3 sections: “Des Mots”, “Des Structures” and “C´est la vie!!”.

View courses

We have purposely avoided calling this section vocabulary, though it deals with words.

In every traditional textbook, the vocabulary section includes a list of words to be memorized, “learned” that students are responsible for memorizing. In Amis pour la vie, words are not to be memorized but used, applied and played with.

As students work with Des Mots, they are in familiar territory. According to language experts, French and English share 60% of their vocabulary, with minor spelling variations in many cases. When the vocabulary is related to the sciences, the commonality rises to 90%!

Each Des Mots section includes from 10 to 13 tables or lists of words, totaling around 400 per module. Their relevance and reason for selection is related to their use in our C´est la vie! section.

Students are asked to simultaneously read and listen to the words as they are pronounced by modeling voices, paying attention to their pronunciation and their meaning in English. Students are later asked to record after the modeling.  The drill of recording their voices as they pronounce hundreds of relevant French words, will also foment students’ oral production in a non-threatening context.

Formative assessment related to words will go from basic identifications in beginning Module, to more complex applications in future courses.

Individual, paired, group and full class activities and discussions enable further practice. Students are asked to participate in engaging exercises of identification, matching, definitions and more. Activities are visually engaging and communicative.

In conclusion, the Des Mots section of this class is the student’s sandbox for playing with French words and preparing for extended grammar practice in Des Structures, and an amazing linguistic and cultural immersion in C´est la vie!

The Amis pour la vie program supports a rich, visual and engaging approach to teaching grammar and learning.

The first activity of this section sets the stage for the learning objectives in this module. Students are asked to complete an introductory activity that uses visuals with no previous knowledge of the topic.

The subsection Remarquez. is a general introduction to the grammatical topic presented

À noter… offers a more detailed presentation that helps introduce nuances around the main structural topic. There are many examples of translations and practical communicative applications of the topics at hand.

Each Quick quiz starts with a series of comprehension-checks, to ensure that students were able to follow the presentation. Terminology related to the topic is reviewed, and ample practice follows.

The Amis pour la vie C´est la vie! section is dedicated to each and every French-speaking country.

Naming this section C´est la vie! (vs. culture) reflects our intention to introduce students to the many aspects of life in our countries.

  • Voici… is a visual introduction to the country in focus. Data related to population, political geography, flag, currency… among others. A simple True/False activity ensures critical thinking and comprehension.

  • Tout sur… takes a glance at the history, geography, life and other relevant aspects of life in the target country, from past to present.

  • Fait dans… highlights the creation, the arts and crafts and others that are at the base of the ingenuity of the people of the target country.

  • Notre langue is a visual reflection on how our language works and how it can be used in practical-communicative situations, following the premise that visual comprehension precedes oral production.

  • The Nous sommes comme ça… readings introduce students to the character and characteristics of the people of each target country.

  • The Pour communiquer section focuses on functional uses of French.

  • Si vous voyagez… is a virtual invitation to explore the most beautiful areas of the target countries. Si vous voyagez… represents an opportunity to familiarize students with the geography, the history, artistic manifestations, among others, of our beautiful French-speaking countries.

  • Apprendre… en enseignant is a section inviting students to share what they have acquired working with their preferred section of each module. The activity should be submitted via Discussions in Canvas or presented in class, after students have transformed their presentation in a short but meaningful vlog.

  • Culture et historie… highlights the different cultural values of the target country: Art, food, music…

  • Notre musique… is an opportunity to learn and enjoy the musical highlights of target countries.

  • …remarquables is dedicated to highlight the contributions of some exemplary people, both men and women, from the target country, in areas such as the arts, sciences, humanitarian work…

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