Bienvenue au cours de Français!!

    Chers parents, 

            Welcome to a new and exciting year at Cedar Creek High School. My name is Madame Dwan Ervin-Yougoné and I will be your student’s French teacher. I would like to introduce myself to you and let you know about the experience your son or daughter will have while in my class.

    • Qui suis-je (Who am I)

     I've been teaching French for 8 years. This is my sixth year at CCHS. I received my bachelor’s degree in French from Texas State University- San Marcos, completing my senior year abroad at the University of Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France. I have been to France many times and have visited several other European countries since the age of sixteen. I bring many wonderful anecdotes and adventures to the classroom that I hope will encourage your student to experience the marvels of traveling abroad while they are still young.

    • Le cours de Français

                Learning a second language can be a challenging task for many students. By definition, it is a whole new language with new words, rules, and syntaxes. Constant review, practice, and exploration will ultimately lead to success in this class. I do assign at least two homework tasks per week. The students will be creating their own reference manual in their binders through daily entrance tasks, notes, homework and enrichment activities provided to them. The notebook will be graded for neatness and organization. Their ”classeurs” or binders need to come home each night and be reviewed for at least 15-20 minutes.


    • Mon emploi du temps (My Class Schedule)

                 1ere- CONFERENCE

                 2ieme- French III/IV

                 3ieme- French I

                 4ieme- French I

                 5ieme- French II

                 6ieme- ACC

                7ieme- French II

    The best way to reach me is by email: dervin@bisdtx.orgIf you have a concern about your child's progress, please feel free to contact me. I am excited to teach your child this year and look forward to getting to know your family. Here's what you and your student can expect this year.

    Les objectifs du cours de français (Course Objectives)

    Les objectifs du cours de français
    Students will learn French through the four types of communication (reading, writing, speaking and listening), learn and compare his/her own culture with the culture of Francophone countries, and connect what was learned in French class with other subjects. 
    We will use the following TEKS for Languages Other Than English: 


    1. Communication. The student communicates in a language other than English using the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The student is expected to:

    (A) engage in oral and written exchanges of learned material to socialize and to provide and obtain information;

    (B) demonstrate understanding of simple, clearly spoken, and written language such as simple stories, high-frequency commands, and brief instructions when dealing with familiar topics; and

    (C) present information using familiar words, phrases, and sentences to listeners and readers.

    2. Cultures. The student gains knowledge and understanding of other cultures. The student is expected to:

    (A) demonstrate an understanding of the practices (what people do) and how they are related to the perspectives (how people perceive things) of the cultures studied; and

    (B) demonstrate an understanding of the products (what people create) and how they are related to the perspectives (how people perceive things) of the cultures studied.

    3. Connections. The student uses the language to make connections with other subject areas and to acquire information. The student is expected to:

    (A) use resources (that may include technology) in the language and cultures being studied to gain access to information; and

    (B) use the language to obtain, reinforce, or expand knowledge of other subject areas.

    4. Comparisons. The student develops insight into the nature of language and culture by comparing the student's own language and culture to another. The student is expected to:

    (A) demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the student's own language and the language studied;

    (B) demonstrate an understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the student's own culture and the cultures studied; and

    (C) demonstrate an understanding of the influence of one language and culture on another.

    5. Communities. The student participates in communities at home and around the world by using languages other than English. The student is expected to:

    (A) use the language both within and beyond the school setting through activities such as participating in cultural events and using technology to communicate; and

    (B) show evidence of becoming a lifelong learner by using the language for personal enrichment and career development.


    Plan de cours- Francais I (Course Outline)

    Preliminary lessons

    Students will learn: how to greet, say good-bye, find out a person’s name, order food, become familiar with the French calendar, and tell the time (numbers 1-30).

    Chapter 1

    Topics: Describing people; numbers 31-69

    Students will learn: the singular forms of definite and indefinite articles; agreement of adjectives; present singular forms of the verbs etre and avoir; making a sentence negative.

    Chapter 2

    Topics: School; class subjects; numbers 70-100

    Students will learn: the plural forms of nouns, articles, and adjectives; present plural forms of etre and avoirtuand vous.

    Chapter 3

    Topics: The school day; school supplies; numbers 100-1000.

    Students will learn: the present tense of –er verbs; negative indefinite articles.

    Chapter 4

    Topics: Members of the family; birthdays; houses; apartments; the rooms of a house.

    Students will learn: possessive adjectives; singular and plural adjectives.

    Chapter 5

    Topics: Going to a café; names of food; eating utensils; going to a restaurant; meals.

    Students will learn: Present tense of alleraller + infinitive; contractions with à and de; present tense of prendre.

    Chapter 6

    Topics: Types of food; shopping for food; open-air market; supermarkets.

    Students will learn: Present tense of faire; the partitive and the definite article; negative form of the partitive; present tense of pouvoir and vouloir.

    Chapter 7

    Topics: Clothing; shopping for clothes; sizes and colors.

    Students will learn: Present tense of mettre; comparative adjectives; present tense of voir and croire.

    Chapter 8

    Topics: The airport; on board an airplane.

    Students will learn: Present tense of –ir verbs; quel and toutsortirpartirdormir, and servir.

    Chapter 9

    Topics: The train station; on the train

    Students will learn: Present tense of –re verbs; demonstrative adjectives; direécrire, and lire.

    Chapter 10

    Topics: Soccer, basketball, volleyball, bicycling, running.

    Students will learnPassé composé of regular verbs; quiqu’est-ce que, quoi; present tense of boiredevoir, and recevoir.

    Chapter 11

    Topics: Summer weather and activities; spring; autumn; winter weather and activities.

    Students will learn: Passé composé of irregular verbs; negative statements passé composé with etre.

    Chapter 12

    Topics: Daily routine; the kitchen; watching television.

    Students will learn: Reflexive verbs in the present; reflexive verbs in the passé composé.

    Chapter 13

    Topics: Going to the movies; going to the theatre; going to the museum.

    Students will learn: Present tense of savoir and connaitre; indirect object pronouns; direct object pronouns.

    Chapter 14

    Topics: Minor illness; parts of the body; the doctor’s office; the pharmacy.

    Students will learn: Pronouns lui and leur; present tense of souffrir and ouvrir; commands; the pronoun en


    Plan de cours- Francais II

     Chapter 1

    Topics: Going to the movies, the theater, the museum.

    Students will learn: Present tense of savoir and connaitre; direct object pronouns.

    Chapter 2

    Topics: Minor illness; parts of the body; the doctor’s office; the pharmacy.

    Students will learn: Indirect object pronouns; present tense of souffrir and ouvrir; commands; the pronoun “en”.

    Chapter 3

    Topics: Computers; fax machines; telephones; making telephone calls.

    Students will learn: Forming and using the imperfect.

    Chapter 4

    Topics: The train station; riding in a train; the airport; flying in an airplane.

    Students will learn: The imperfect versus the passé composé; telling a story in the past tense; present tense of venir; prepositions with geographic names.

    Chapter 5

    Topics: The bank; exchanging money; managing money; the post office; mailing letters.

    Students will learn: relative pronouns; past participle agreement; reciprocal actions; negative statements.

    Chapter 6

    Topics: The kitchen; types of food; recipes; preparing food.

    Students will learn: Forming the future tense; two pronouns in the same sentence-“metenousvous.

    faire + infinitive.

    Chapter 7

    Topics: Traveling by car; trucks and motorcycles; reading a map; driving on the highway.

    Students will learn: the conditional; the future and conditional of irregular verbs; “si” clauses; two pronouns in the same sentence- “lelales”.

    Chapter 8

    Topics: Accidents; the emergency room; parts of the body; the doctor’s office; surgery.

    Students will learn: Interrogative and relative pronouns; commands with pronouns; the superlative of adjectives; expressing belief.

    Chapter 9

    Topics: Checking into a hotel; the hotel room; the bathroom; checking out of a hotel.

    Students will learn: Passe compose of  etre and avoir; the pronoun “y”; pronoun + “en”; formation of adverbs.

    Chapter 10

    Topics: The subway; the bus

    Students will learn: Questions; verb + infinitive; expressing time

    Chapter 11

    Topics: The city; parking in the city; the country; farm animals

    Students will learn: Lequel and celui-la; present tense of suivreconduirevivre; infinitive after prepositions.

    Chapter 12

    Topics: Bastille Day; Carnival; Christmas; Hanukah; the New Year; Marriage.

    Students will learn: The subjunctive; the subjunctive with wishes and commands.

    Chapter 13

    Topics: Parts of the body; manners; emotions; introductions.

    Students will learn: Expressing opinion with the subjunctive; irregularities in forming the subjunctive; expressing emotions with the subjunctive.

    Chapter 14

    Topics: Professions; trades; finding a job; the workplace.

    Students will learn: Expressing doubt with the subjunctive; infinitive versus subjunctive; the subjunctive in relative prepositions.


    Plan de cours- Français III

    Les Regions de France

    Géographie de la France: fleuves, montagnes, océans, frontières terrestres

    Régions: Les capitaux et villes touristiques



    La Revolution Francaise

    Les Causes

    Les Etats Généraux

    Les Moments Clés de la Révolution Française

    La Prise de la Bastille

    Les Moments Clés de la Terreur

    Les Personnages Principaux de la Révolution


    Chapitre 1

    Topics: Summer and winter activites; camping; taking vacations; travel by train, car, plane; weather

    Culture: ‘Vive les Vacance’ vocabulaire; passé composé, avoir et être

    Conversation: ‘Un Voyage d’affaire’ vocabulaire

    Journalisme: ‘La meteo’, ‘La Tunisie’ vocabulaire; Le subjonctif des verbes réguliers et irréguliers


    Chapitre 2

    Topics: Everyday life of young people in France; shopping

    Culture: ‘Jeunes, qui êtes-vous?’ vocabulaire; L’interrogation

    Conversation: ‘Au centre commercial’ vocabulaire; les expressions négatives; l’imparfait

    Journalisme: ‘Parlez-vous le djeun’s?’ vocabulaire; ‘Tous féminists?’ vocabulaire; Le subjonctif


    Chapitre 3

    Topics: Leisure activities in French speaking countries; cultural events in France

    Culture: ‘Les loisirs, le temps et l’argent’ vocabulaire; l’imparfait vs. passé composé

    Conversation: ‘On va au théâtre?’ vocabulaire; le comparative vs. le superlatif

    Journalisme: ‘’Les Native’ vocabulaire; ‘Les loisirs utiles’ vocabulaire; Le subjonctif


    Chapitre 4

    Topics: North and West Africa

    Culture: ‘Groupes culturels francophones’ vocabulaire; les prépositions

    Conversation: ‘Une grande fête’ vocabulaire; le futur et le conditionnel

    Journalisme: ‘Le français, la langue de culture’ vocabulaire; ‘Les homes bleus’ vocabulaire;

    Le subjonctif; ‘depuis’


    Chapitre 5

    Topics: French media; the police and firefighters; social problems and petty crime

    Culture: ‘La presse et les médias’ vocabulaire’ les COD et les COI

    Conversation: ‘Au commissariat’ vocabulaire; les CO avec l’impératif

    Journalisme: ‘Le gros titre’ vocabulaire; ‘Un mort dans un incendie’ vocabulaire; le subjontif après des conjonctions


    Chapitre 6

    Topics: French customs

    Culture: ‘Les passages de la vie’ vocabulaire; le partitif; ‘en’

    Conversation: ‘Un mariage’ et ‘Un enterrement’ vocabulaire; ‘qui’ et ‘que’; ‘dont’

    Journalisme: ‘Le carnet du jour’ vocabulaire; le plus-que-parfait; le conditionnel passé; propositions avec ‘si’


    Chapitre 7

    Topics: Public health; exercise; going to the doctor’s office; nutrition

    Culture: ‘La santé et la forme’ vocabulaire; les verbes réfléchis; les verbes réfléchis au p.c.

    Conversation: ‘En plein forme’ vocabulaire; ‘qui’, ‘que’ et ‘quoi’

    Journalisme: ‘L’oreille’ vocabulaire; les pronoms interrogatifs, démonstratifs, et possessifs


    Chapitre 8

    Topics: French heritage

    Culture: ‘Hier et aujourd’hui’ vocabulaire; le faire causatif

    Conversation: ‘Visite à la Grande Arche’ vocabulaire; l’infinitif passé


    Journalisme: ‘Festivals en France’ vocabulaire; les prépositions avec les pronoms relatifs; le futur antérieur; le participe présent et le gérondif



Photo of Dwan Ervin
  • Email: dervin@bisdtx.org

    Phone: (512)772-7300