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French Level 1
    Unit 9: Leçon 2
    L'École: Les Cours
    Just as there are many courses offered in an English/American school, there are many subjects offered in a French school. Students begin their studies at the elementary level. Elementary schools in France are called, "les eacute;coles primaires". When a student finishes his or her work at this level, he or she move on to the secondary level.

    Secondary schools are divided into two main groups. The divisions are:

    1. Le Collège: which is for students ages 11-15. This school has four levels, each of which has a number like, 6th or 6e (sixième) for the first grade. These numbers become smaller the higher the student goes, the exact opposite of how it is done in the United States. The first grade in the collége is 6e (ages 11-12), then 5e (ages 12-13), 4e (ages 13-14), and finally 3e (ages 14-15).


    2. Le Lycée: which is for students ages 15-18. This school has three levels which begin with 2e (ages 15-16), 1er (ages16-17), and finishing with terminale (ages 17-18).

    In your American school you have many different subjects that students may take. We too have many different subjects in our lycées. Since you are already an expert on the subject of how schools work and the objects you must use in the classroom, it is a good time for you to learn the names of the different subjects offered in our schools.

    Look at the charts below and read along and listen to each of these words en français
    (Most of these words are arranged in alphabetical order by subject):

    Track 88
    Des Cours  
    EN FRANÇAIS EN ANGLAIS
    LES LANGUES LANGUAGES
    l'allemand German
    l'anglais English
    l'espagnol Spanish
    le français French

    L'INSTRUCTION CIVIQUE SOCIAL STUDIES
    la géographie geography
    l'histoire history

    LES MATÉMATIQUES/LES MATHS MATHS
    l'algèbre algebra
    le calcul intégral trigonometry
    la géométrie geometry

    LES SCIENCES NATURELLES SCIENCE
    la biologie biology
    la chimie chemistry
    la physique physics

    PLUSIEURS COURS MORE COURSES
    les arts industriels industrial arts
    les arts ménagers home ec.
    la comptabilité accounting
    le dessein art
    le drame drama
    la gymnastique P.E.
    l'informatique computer science
    la lecture reading
    la musique music
    les sciences économiques economics

    Très bien! Let us move on to the next leçon where you will meet a few of the people who work at mon lycée!


Introduction / Leçon 1 / Leçon 1a / Leçon 1b / Leçon 1c / Leçon 2 / Leçon 3 /