Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Nicole Engebos
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Bonjour! I would like to introduce myself as your student’s French teacher this school year. I am looking forward to working with your student as they begin or continue learning French.
I have a Master’s degree in French Education from New York University as well as my Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature from St Catherine University. I am trained in and practice communicative language teaching. In class, our focus will be on understanding and communicating in French by exchanging real-life messages while building vocabulary, grammatical structures, and other skills. We will also explore French culture by working with authentic French texts, ads, music, video clips, and more.
In class, I speak in French over 90% of the time by carefully monitoring what I say, using visual aids, props, and/or gestures. Students will not always understand things word for word and that is OK as long as the message is understood. My goal is to communicate messages that students can understand, not to frustrate them. To ensure active listening and comprehension during class activities, students earn tokens (“euros”) when they participate, which make up a part of the student’s overall grade. This helps me and them to assess their progress.
In terms of assessment, I believe in testing what and how you teach. Because students will practice and participate in listening, reading, writing, and speaking activities in class, these skills will be tested similarly. We will also have speaking tests in addition to projects and traditional paper-pencil tests.
Our classroom rules are to be respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. My classroom management consists of several strategies to keep students safe, engaged, and on- task. Students are responsible for their own behavior and will experience the natural consequences of their decisions. We will work together as a classroom community to support each other. We will have high expectations of ourselves and others and our behavior will serve as an example to others.
The best way to ensure the success of your student is to work together and communicate often. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by phone or e-mail.
Please read over the following classroom procedures with your student and have him or her return this letter to me signed, indicating that you have both read and agree to all of the rules and procedures outlined in the attached syllabus. On the other side of this page you will find a list of materials needed for class. I look forward to meeting you at Open House!
Mrs. Nicole Engebos, M. Ed.