French II begins with a review of French I and continues with additional structures, functions, and vocabulary to increase language proficiency. Continued development of basic conversation skills is an important part of the class and is evaluated through creative oral activities. Students will begin writing paragraphs in French in order to prepare for the advanced levels (III&IV).
At the end of French II, students are expected to be at a Novice Mid (on-Level) to Novice High (Pre-IB/Pre-AP) sublevel according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
Speakers at the Novice Mid sublevel communicate minimally by using a number of isolated words and memorized phrases limited by the particular context in which the language has been learned. When responding to direct questions, they may say only two or three words at a time or give an occasional stock answer. They pause frequently as they search for simple vocabulary or attempt to recycle their own and their interlocutor’s words. Novice Mid speakers may be understood with difficulty even by sympathetic interlocutors accustomed to dealing with non-natives. When called on to handle topics and perform functions associated with the Intermediate level, they frequently resort to repetition, words from their native language, or silence.
Speakers at the Novice High sublevel are able to handle a variety of tasks pertaining to the Intermediate level, but are unable to sustain performance at that level. They are able to manage successfully a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. Novice High speakers respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information. They are also able to ask a few formulaic questions.
(ACTFL proficiency level guidelines 2012)