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In Calvert French I, students begin to develop competence in the four basic skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. While developing communicative competence in French, students gain and expand their knowledge of French countries and cultures. This course emphasizes learning the present tense, the near future, and the past tense in French I through thematically designed units.

Topics covered include home, school, family, holidays, and daily and leisure activities. Students also develop the ability to greet and respond to greetings, introduce and respond to introductions, engage in conversations on several themes, express likes and dislikes, make requests, and more.