Welcome, Bienvenue to the Foreign Language Home Page

My name is Joseph P. Koehring. I am the foreign language teacher at Long Lake Central School. Presently, I teach 7th grade French, 8th grade French, and French I, II, III, and IV. The French IV class is a college bridge course with North Country Community College. I have also instructed Spanish. I now use the Middlebury Online Interactive Language Program for any student interested in learning another language other than French, such as Spanish.

I grew up living abroad in Africa and Europe. I was born in the Ivory Coast and, years later, after completing college, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia. My exposure and academic experience has been with French.  Regardless of my view of the world through a francophone lens, I am of the strong opinion that learning a foreign language, whichever foreign language that may be, is essential for the formation of young people into global citizens. It just happens that French is the predominant language to learn in our region, especially with our close proximity to the Province of Quebec to the north and the history and traditions of French overall to early America. French, as well as English, are the only two languages that are spoken on every continent of the world. Today, over one-third of all English words are derived from French.  

     

Francais 7 / French 7

Monday-Friday: Period 4 (10:06-10:46)

Students: 4

- Sye Fisher

- Pailin Hample

- Faith McIntyre

- Angel Sotomayor

 

 

French 7 Course Description and Syllabus

Course Description

French students are introduced to many general topics such as self-description, family, weather, numbers, time, food, shopping, personal interests and preferences, etc.  They learn to initiate and sustain simple conversations, to understand the general content of simple written statements, and to compose short messages about personal needs and experiences. Typically, at the end of 8th grade French, students will take a Regional French Proficiency Examination to satisfy the Checkpoint A benchmark. The teacher can elect to administer this exam at the end of 9th grade, or French I, if the required material has not been covered.

Syllabus

2019-2020    School Year

Grading Policy and Class Participation – French

Mr. Koehring

joseph.koehring@longlakecsd.com

518-824-2221 (ext. 318)

Bonjour! 

Following is the breakdown of the different grading categories and the percentage given to each. The total percentage for all categories equals 100%.

Homework - 10%

Participation - 5%

Communication Evaluations - 20%

Vocabulary/Writing Quizzes - 20%

Lesson Quizzes - 20%

Unit Tests -     25%

Total: 100%

I post weekly lesson plans on Google Classroom. I also provide students with a hard copy each Monday. Food for thoughtI do not give grades, you earn them.

Cell Phone Policy

It is school policy that cell phones are not allowed in the classroom. Please keep them in your locker. Refer to pp. 55-56 in the Student Handbook for cell phone policy and procedures.

 A note on writing assignments

It is my policy that any writing assignment is done without the use of Google translation or any other translation system because it is considered plagiarism. I want you to write French in your own words, using grammar and sentence structure that you have learned and are familiar with. If a translation system is used, the writing assignment will earn an automatic 0, but with the option of rewriting in your own words. You can use wordreference.com

A note on Chromebook usage     

I want you to bring your Chromebooks to class each day in case we need to use them. I will say if and when you can use them.

5% - Participation - conduct, rules

Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible

Safe

  1. Hands and feet to self
  2. Use materials appropriately, ready to learn
  3. Stay in seat

Respectful

  1. Listen and talk at appropriate times
  2. Use appropriate language and voice levels 
  3. Listening to and following directions

Responsible

  1. On time
  2. Prepared - complete bell ringer (à la sonnette) 
  3. Complete classwork
  4. Actively participate

Each marking period is ten weeks - 50 school days. I will begin each class by giving each student 5 points for participation. Each behavior/participation criteria above represents a point. So, if you demonstrate that you can meet the ten aforementioned criteria, you keep the 5 points. If I feel you have failed to meet any of the aforementioned criteria, I will start deducting from the 5 points. Each category above is worth .50 points. If you are absent from school or not in class because of a school activity, such as music, it will not count against you. You are still required to submit homework if you are absent from school or not in class. It is your job to check your assignments.







 

Francais 8 / French 8

Monday-Friday: Period 3 (9:24-10:04)

Students: 2

- Harrison Hall

- Nathan Hosley II (aka Deuce)

French 8 Course Description and Syllabus

Course Description

French students are introduced to many general topics such as self-description, family, weather, numbers, time, food, shopping, personal interests and preferences, etc.  They learn to initiate and sustain simple conversations, to understand the general content of simple written statements, and to compose short messages about personal needs and experiences. Typically, at the end of 8th grade French, students will take a Regional French Proficiency Examination to satisfy the Checkpoint A benchmark. The teacher can elect to administer this exam at the end of 9th grade, or French I, if the required material has not been covered.

Syllabus

 

2019-2020    School Year

Grading Policy and Class Participation – French

Mr. Koehring

joseph.koehring@longlakecsd.com

518-824-2221 (ext. 318)

Bonjour! 

Following is the breakdown of the different grading categories and the percentage given to each. The total percentage for all categories equals 100%.

Homework - 10%

Participation - 5%

Communication Evaluations - 20%

Vocabulary/Writing Quizzes - 20%

Lesson Quizzes - 20%

Unit Tests -     25%

Total: 100%

 

I post weekly lesson plans on Google Classroom. I also provide students with a hard copy each Monday. 

Food for thought

I do not give grades, you earn them.

Cell Phone Policy

It is school policy that cell phones are not allowed in the classroom. Please keep them in your locker. Refer to pp. 55-56 in the Student Handbook for cell phone policy and procedures.

 A note on writing assignments

It is my policy that any writing assignment is done without the use of Google translation or any other translation system because it is considered plagiarism. I want you to write French in your own words, using grammar and sentence structure that you have learned and are familiar with. If a translation system is used, the writing assignment will earn an automatic 0, but with the option of rewriting in your own words. You can use wordreference.com

A note on Chromebook usage     

I want you to bring your Chromebooks to class each day in case we need to use them. I will say if and when you can use them.

5% - Participation - conduct, rules

Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible

Safe

  1. Hands and feet to self
  2. Use materials appropriately, ready to learn
  3. Stay in seat

Respectful

  1. Listen and talk at appropriate times
  2. Use appropriate language and voice levels 
  3. Listening to and following directions

Responsible

  1. On time
  2. Prepared - complete bell ringer (à la sonnette) 
  3. Complete classwork
  4. Actively participate

Each marking period is ten weeks - 50 school days. I will begin each class by giving each student 5 points for participation. Each behavior/participation criteria above represents a point. So, if you demonstrate that you can meet the ten aforementioned criteria, you keep the 5 points. If I feel you have failed to meet any of the aforementioned criteria, I will start deducting from the 5 points. Each category above is worth .50 points. If you are absent from school or not in class because of a school activity, such as music, it will not count against you. You are still required to submit homework if you are absent from school or not in class. It is your job to check your assignments.




Francais I / French I

Monday-Friday: Period 9 (1:56-2:36)

Students: 6

- Sophie Black

- Makenzi Keller

- Logan Keller

- Rhiannon Sandiford

- Ravyn Sotomayor

- Reid Waite

French I Course Description and Syllabus

Course Description

French students continue to learn a myriad of topics such as education, culture, earning a living, physical environment, health, public and private services, travel, current events, etc.  They learn to socialize, provide and obtain information, express personal feelings and persuade others to adopt a course of action, to understand more complex written statements and information, and to compose longer messages about personal needs and experiences.  Typically, after completing French II, students take a Regional French Comprehensive Examination to satisfy the Checkpoint B benchmark. The teacher can elect to administer this exam at the end of 11th grade, or French III, if the required material has not been covered.

Syllabus

2019-2020    School Year

Grading Policy and Class Participation – French

Mr. Koehring

joseph.koehring@longlakecsd.com

518-824-2221 (ext. 318)

Bonjour! 

Following is the breakdown of the different grading categories and the percentage given to each. The total percentage for all categories equals 100%.

Homework - 10%

Participation - 5%

Communication Evaluations - 20%

Vocabulary/Writing Quizzes - 20%

Lesson Quizzes - 20%

Unit Tests -     25%

Total: 100%

 

I post weekly lesson plans on Google Classroom. I also provide students with a hard copy each Monday. 

Food for thought

I do not give grades, you earn them.

Cell Phone Policy

It is school policy that cell phones are not allowed in the classroom. Please keep them in your locker. Refer to pp. 55-56 in the Student Handbook for cell phone policy and procedures.

 A note on writing assignments

It is my policy that any writing assignment is done without the use of Google translation or any other translation system because it is considered plagiarism. I want you to write French in your own words, using grammar and sentence structure that you have learned and are familiar with. If a translation system is used, the writing assignment will earn an automatic 0, but with the option of rewriting in your own words. You can use wordreference.com

A note on Chromebook usage     

I want you to bring your Chromebooks to class each day in case we need to use them. I will say if and when you can use them.

5% - Participation - conduct, rules

Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible

Safe

  1. Hands and feet to self
  2. Use materials appropriately, ready to learn
  3. Stay in seat

Respectful

  1. Listen and talk at appropriate times
  2. Use appropriate language and voice levels 
  3. Listening to and following directions

Responsible

  1. On time
  2. Prepared - complete bell ringer (à la sonnette) 
  3. Complete classwork
  4. Actively participate

Each marking period is ten weeks - 50 school days. I will begin each class by giving each student 5 points for participation. Each behavior/participation criteria above represents a point. So, if you demonstrate that you can meet the ten aforementioned criteria, you keep the 5 points. If I feel you have failed to meet any of the aforementioned criteria, I will start deducting from the 5 points. Each category above is worth .50 points. If you are absent from school or not in class because of a school activity, such as music, it will not count against you. You are still required to submit homework if you are absent from school or not in class. It is your job to check your assignments.




Francais II / French II

 

 

 

 

French II Course Description and Syllabus

French students continue to learn a myriad of topics such as education, culture, earning a living, physical environment, health, public and private services, travel, current events, etc.  They learn to socialize, provide and obtain information, express personal feelings and persuade others to adopt a course of action, to understand more complex written statements and information, and to compose longer messages about personal needs and experiences.  Typically, after completing French II, students take a Regional French Comprehensive Examination to satisfy the Checkpoint B benchmark. The teacher can elect to administer this exam at the end of 11th grade, or French III, if the required material has not been covered.

Francais III / French III

French III Course Description and Syllabus

Course Description

French students continue to learn a myriad of topics such as education, culture, earning a living, physical environment, health, public and private services, travel, current events, etc.  They learn to socialize, provide and obtain information, express personal feelings and persuade others to adopt a course of action, to understand more complex written statements and information, and to compose longer messages about personal needs and experiences.  Typically, after completing French II, students take a Regional French Comprehensive Examination to satisfy the Checkpoint B benchmark. The teacher can elect to administer this exam at the end of 11th grade, or French III, if the required material has not been covered.

Syllabus

2019-2020    School Year

Grading Policy and Class Participation – French

Mr. Koehring

joseph.koehring@longlakecsd.com

518-824-2221 (ext. 318)

Bonjour! 

Following is the breakdown of the different grading categories and the percentage given to each. The total percentage for all categories equals 100%.

Homework - 10%

Participation - 5%

Communication Evaluations - 20%

Vocabulary/Writing Quizzes - 20%

Lesson Quizzes - 20%

Unit Tests -     25%

Total: 100%

 

I post weekly lesson plans on Google Classroom. I also provide students with a hard copy each Monday. 

Food for thought

I do not give grades, you earn them.

Cell Phone Policy

It is school policy that cell phones are not allowed in the classroom. Please keep them in your locker. Refer to pp. 55-56 in the Student Handbook for cell phone policy and procedures.

 A note on writing assignments

It is my policy that any writing assignment is done without the use of Google translation or any other translation system because it is considered plagiarism. I want you to write French in your own words, using grammar and sentence structure that you have learned and are familiar with. If a translation system is used, the writing assignment will earn an automatic 0, but with the option of rewriting in your own words. You can use wordreference.com

A note on Chromebook usage     

I want you to bring your Chromebooks to class each day in case we need to use them. I will say if and when you can use them.

5% - Participation - conduct, rules

Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible

Safe

  1. Hands and feet to self
  2. Use materials appropriately, ready to learn
  3. Stay in seat

Respectful

  1. Listen and talk at appropriate times
  2. Use appropriate language and voice levels 
  3. Listening to and following directions

Responsible

  1. On time
  2. Prepared - complete bell ringer (à la sonnette) 
  3. Complete classwork
  4. Actively participate

Each marking period is ten weeks - 50 school days. I will begin each class by giving each student 5 points for participation. Each behavior/participation criteria above represents a point. So, if you demonstrate that you can meet the ten aforementioned criteria, you keep the 5 points. If I feel you have failed to meet any of the aforementioned criteria, I will start deducting from the 5 points. Each category above is worth .50 points. If you are absent from school or not in class because of a school activity, such as music, it will not count against you. You are still required to submit homework if you are absent from school or not in class. It is your job to check your assignments.




Francais IV / French IV

French IV Course Description and Syllabus

Course Description

Students electing to continue with French 4 will expand their cultural knowledge of France and the French speaking world with an extensive study of theme related vocabulary pertaining to a variety of contemporary themes, the acquisition of more advanced grammar structures, the viewing of short films (courts métrages), and cultural readings. There will be an emphasis on writing papers of at least 100 words, writing presentation papers on various cultural themes, and oral presentations. A student has the option of taking French IV as a North Country Community College Bridge Course, whereby they earn 3 college credits, in addition to the 1 credit for high school.

Syllabus

2019-2020    School Year

Grading Policy and Class Participation – French

Mr. Koehring

joseph.koehring@longlakecsd.com

518-824-2221 (ext. 318)

Bonjour! 

Following is the breakdown of the different grading categories and the percentage given to each. The total percentage for all categories equals 100%.

Homework - 10%

Participation - 5%

Communication Evaluations - 20%

Vocabulary/Writing Quizzes - 20%

Lesson Quizzes - 20%

Unit Tests -     25%

Total: 100%

 

I post weekly lesson plans on Google Classroom. I also provide students with a hard copy each Monday. 

Food for thought

I do not give grades, you earn them.

Cell Phone Policy

It is school policy that cell phones are not allowed in the classroom. Please keep them in your locker. Refer to pp. 55-56 in the Student Handbook for cell phone policy and procedures.

 A note on writing assignments

It is my policy that any writing assignment is done without the use of Google translation or any other translation system because it is considered plagiarism. I want you to write French in your own words, using grammar and sentence structure that you have learned and are familiar with. If a translation system is used, the writing assignment will earn an automatic 0, but with the option of rewriting in your own words. You can use wordreference.com

A note on Chromebook usage     

I want you to bring your Chromebooks to class each day in case we need to use them. I will say if and when you can use them.

5% - Participation - conduct, rules

Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible

Safe

  1. Hands and feet to self
  2. Use materials appropriately, ready to learn
  3. Stay in seat

Respectful

  1. Listen and talk at appropriate times
  2. Use appropriate language and voice levels 
  3. Listening to and following directions

Responsible

  1. On time
  2. Prepared - complete bell ringer (à la sonnette) 
  3. Complete classwork
  4. Actively participate

Each marking period is ten weeks - 50 school days. I will begin each class by giving each student 5 points for participation. Each behavior/participation criteria above represents a point. So, if you demonstrate that you can meet the ten aforementioned criteria, you keep the 5 points. If I feel you have failed to meet any of the aforementioned criteria, I will start deducting from the 5 points. Each category above is worth .50 points. If you are absent from school or not in class because of a school activity, such as music, it will not count against you. You are still required to submit homework if you are absent from school or not in class. It is your job to check your assignments.




Espanol I / Spanish I

Every other day: Period 9

Students: 1

- Nathan Hosley II (aka Deuce)

Spanish I (semesters 1-2) Course Description

Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). 

At the end of the second semester of Spanish, students should be prepared to take the Regional New York State Spanish Proficiency Examination.