French IV AP-IB Honors is a select group of students who are dedicated to their French studies. This curriculum is equivalent to a second year, second semester to third year first semester university course. This course is one facet of attaining the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Each year to celebrate National French Week, French IV students participate in the annual French Immersion Day, sponsored by the Wright State University French Department Faculty. At Fairmont, Instruction is in French and students are expected to speak in French 90-100 percent of the time. Students read authentic materials, including French classics such as "L'Etranger" by Albert Camus, "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, and excerpts from many other Francophone authors from around the world. They watch, study and discuss films in the target language. Students listen to and understand French music and study and write poetry in French.
They learn and discuss the history and culture of France and Francophone countries including the many important worldwide contributions of French speakers, from art and literature, to science and technology, and more. They investigate current events and engage in meaningful discussions about how these events have a global impact as well as how they affect us locally as a comparative approach. At the end of the academic year, students are expected to take the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Test, and/or the International Baccalaureate French Language Assessment. IB Students also complete several internal assessments throughout the school year. Upon successful completion of these tests, students are awarded college credit for work they have done in this high school course. -mt