High School French

Foreign Language courses are designed to instill an appreciation of the benefits of studying another language while developing specific language skills. Students are taught to communicate effectively in basic social situations and within the cultural context, developing proficiency and confidence in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. All courses give students an understanding of the target culturess history, geography, customs, arts, literature, and economic and political realities.

Currently the only foreign language is offered in the High School at Kay-Billie-Klaer Academy is French. In a world that has become more connected than ever, the learning of French is an asset for any cultured person. French, along with English, is the only language in the world deeply rooted in five continents. In Europe, French is spoken not only in France, but also in Belgium, Luxemburg, and Switzerland. In Africa alone, French is the official or co-official language in over 20 countries.

Junior High One

This course emphasizes listening and speaking and starts an exploration of the contemporary Francophone world. It covers basic daily vocabulary, pronunciation, and simple grammatical concepts that include present, future, and past tense.

Junior High Two

This course focuses on expanding cultural awareness, developing basic vocabulary for communication, introducing new grammatical concepts and reviewing main tenses.

Junior High Three

French I

What is the importance of learning another language?
What makes the French language different from the English language?
What are some of the patterns of French grammar?

In this course, students will learn regular and irregular verb conjugations in the present tense as well as basic conjugations in the preterite. Vocabulary will be taught through themes such as the weather, family, occupations, food, clothing, etc.. Students will learn the skills necessary to have basic conversations in the target language and to be understood by native speakers. From the very beginning emphasis is placed on the four essential skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. Students are expected to express themselves in the target language at all times. Cultural material is introduced with every unit covered.

French II

How do you express past events? What are the different past tenses in French?
How do you express future events?
How do you express things that you would, could, and should do?

After reviewing the fundamentals of Level I, French II covers the rest of the most commonly used tenses in French: imparfait, plus-que-parfait, futur et conditonnel. There is continued emphasis on new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Cultural material about the French-speaking world is also woven into the curriculum. Through the study of literature, students will strengthen both their oral and written communication skills.

Senior High One

French II

How do you express past events? What are the different past tenses in French?
How do you express future events?
How do you express things that you would, could and should do?

After reviewing the fundamentals of Level I, French II covers the rest of the most commonly used tenses in French: imparfait, plus-que-parfait, futur et conditonnel. There is continued emphasis on new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Cultural material about the French-speaking world is also woven into the curriculum. Through the study of literature, students will strengthen both their oral and written communication skills..

French III

How does reading literature in a foreign language helps me articulate more complex thoughts?
How do I apply my knowledge of vocabulary and grammar to become to a better communicator?

This course focuses on composition, conversation, and culture, with a complete review of French grammar. This is the year where students can express themselves more creatively and with more depth. More complex grammar such as subjunctive, passé simple and conditional in hypothetical clauses will be studied. In their essays, students will use complex sentence structures in order to express sophisticated ideas with better accuracy. Students also begin to read literature other than poetry in order to expand their knowledge of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. The course is conducted in the target language; the topics, the literature, and the current events covered in this course will generate class discussions inciting the active participation of every student.

Senior High Two

French IV

How do I apply my knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate better in speaking and writing?

How does studying Voltaire’s Candide and Sartre’s existentialism help me to shape my personal reflection and articulate my thoughts?

How does reading literature in a foreign language help me articulate more complex thoughts?

The course will offer students the opportunity to continue studying authentic documents and books which are challenging and intellectually stimulating; it will also increase the students’ awareness of the cultural aspects of the language. Students read well-known French authors, they watch French movies, and they also work on a project on French Impressionism and XIX century France. The study of a wider range of vocabulary and phrases, along with an in-depth review of French grammar, is also a dominant aspect of the course.

Senior High Three

French IV

This course is designed for students who wish to continue studying French culture and literature through the constant practice of the language, and who are eager to strengthen their mastery of grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and communicative skills. In addition to covering modern trends and themes, classical and modern literature, and cultural perspectives through songs and films, this course will also put emphasis on the understanding of French current events through listening to Radio France International.

Departmental approval is required.

Contact us

  • Address: American House, East Legon
  • Mailing Address:
    PMB L 7
    Legon
    Accra, Ghana
  • Tel: +(233) 242 500 751
  • Tel 2: +(233) 249 172 109
  • Email: info@kbkacademy.org
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