World Language

MMUUSD World Languages Mission Statement:

Our mission is to prepare students to participate in local and global communities with an international mindset. We believe that in a world shaped by global politics and economics, global literacy cannot exist without modern language and culture instruction. The study of world languages and cultures enriches and enhances lifelong learning experiences and achievements, while promoting greater intellectual development.


Fundamental Vocabulary I


Fundamental Vocabulary II
My School
My Body
Culture, Geography: Caribbean Islands and/or Mexico


Culture, Geography: Mexico and/or Central America
My Family
The Alphabet


Culture, Geography: Spanish-Speaking Countries of South America
Grammar: Formal and Informal Speech
Grammar: Singular and Plural


Culture, Geography: Spain
Grammar: Gender, Number and Noun-Adjective Agreement


"In the first year students are introduced to oral language through interpersonal communication in the target language on topics directly related to them and their immediate environment (e.g. personal description, family, friends, and interests) with the emphasis on hearing and understanding spoken language. (90%+ target language in the classroom and out.) As their ability increases, students are given ample opportunity to produce language spontaneously and without coercion. Cultural literacy and competence are developed through embedded culture, just as grammatical and syntactical competence is developed through embedded grammar and syntax. Additionally, students “learn how to learn”, i.e. the conditions and procedures that support maximum acquisition of a language. Students are exposed to written language through reading short texts based on class discussion and storytelling." --Ben Slavic

Basic Conversational Vocabulary
Les chiffres/les numéros 0-30
French Family Culture
Calendar Words: Days, months, birthdays
Food: fruits & vegetables

Curriculum Outline FRENCH I

Basic Vocabulary Covered: The following vocabulary themes are woven in throughout the program.

Grammar Covered: Grammar is also woven in throughout the program.

  • Alphabet/accents/spelling

  • Numbers 0-1000

  • Calendar Talk-days, months, seasons

  • Basic Greetings / Conversation

  • Nouns for identifying people (boy/girl/man/woman/child)

  • Activities of interest

  • Sports / Leisure Activities

  • Locations where sports/activities take place (around town)

  • Likes/Dislikes

  • Expressions to agree/disagree & give opinion

  • Idiomatic Expressions with avoir (faim, soif, peur, besoin de, froid, chaud, sommeil, envie de)

  • Adverbs of frequency/goodness

  • Adjectives to describe people: physical traits & personality, age

  • Nationalities (some)

  • Parts of the body (basic)

  • Family members / pets

  • Colors

  • Weather

  • Interrogative (Question) words

  • School subjects

  • Classroom supplies

  • Telling Time

  • Food and Beverages

  • Clothing / accessories

  • Shopping

  • Chores

  • Rooms in a house

  • Household items/furniture

  • Subject Pronouns

  • Indefinite & definite articles

  • Identifying subjects, verbs, adjectives

  • The verb AVOIR

  • Expressions with AVOIR

  • Negation with ne...pas (de)

  • Il y a / C"est / Il/Elle est...

  • Conjunctions / Connecteurs

  • Simple Yes/No questions with Est-ce que...

  • Regular -ER verbs (show some stem-changing verbs -ger/-cer/-yer, as well as some accent changing préférer/acheter)

  • Making nouns plural / irregular plurals

  • Adjective agreement with gender/number

  • Contractions with à and de

  • The verb ÊTRE

  • The verb AIMER with infinitives of verbs

  • All Questions Words

  • Possessive Adjectives (limited mon, ma, mes, ton, ta, tes, son, sa, ses)

  • Possession with de

  • Regular -RE verbs

  • Regular -IR verbs

  • The verb FAIRE

  • Adverbs

  • The verb ALLER (plus some futur proche)

  • The verb VENIR (plus some passé récent)

  • The verb VOULOIR

  • The verbs PRENDRE / BOIRE

  • Some partitive

If time, will include:

  • Some Imperative Commands

  • Some demonstrative adjectives (ce/cet/cette/ces) & Interrogative adjectives (quel/quels/quelle/quelles)

  • The verbs POUVOIR & DEVOIR


  • The verbs METTRE & PORTER

  • prepositions

  • May have some exposure to passé composé/imparfait but it is not explicitly taught at level 1

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