Jessica Gnoza

Madame Jessica Gnoza


French Room: G 209
480-632-4750 ext. 6051


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French 1

This course is an introduction to the language and culture of the French-speaking world. Students will learn vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is on listening and reading comprehension and simple conversational skills through role-playing, skits, and other interactive methods. 

Topics for French 1 this year will include greetings, personal descriptions, school – classes, supplies, and daily routines; food and beverages – ordering in a café or restaurant; leisure activities – sports, TV, music; family descriptions; shopping for food, and clothing.  

By the end of the first year of French studies, students will communicate in French at a Novice High proficiency level according to the scale established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  This rating is a description of what a student can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context.  Novice-level speakers can communicate short messages on highly predictable, everyday topics that affect them directly.  

French 2

By the end of their second year of French studies, students will communicate in French at an Intermediate proficiency level according to the scale established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The rating is a description of what a student can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context.  Speakers at the Intermediate level are distinguished primarily by their ability to create with the language when talking about familiar topics related to their daily life.  They can tell stories.  Intermediate High speakers can narrate and describe in all major time frames (past, present, and future) using connected discourse—conversational storytelling as opposed to the fractured, unrelated simple sentences which characterized their skills last year. 

French 2 topics include personal descriptions; descriptions of locations (towns); shopping for, preparing and sharing food and beverages; daily routines in both present and past tenses; and storytelling in past, present and future tenses; body parts, health and common ailments; comparing and contrasting childhood descriptions, everyday news and common personal problems and advice.  

About Me

Bonjour! This is my first year teaching at Mesquite High School, and my second year teaching at the 6-12 level.  Before becoming a wild cat, I taught for five years at Arizona State University and one year at Mesa Community College. 

I graduated from ASU in 2004 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and English Literature. During the 2004-2005 school year, I lived and worked in Arras, France where I taught conversational English to junior high school students.  I earned my Master's degree in French and Comparative Literature from ASU in 2011 and my Master's of Education in Secondary Education (also from ASU) in 2014.  

I am from Mesa, and I graduated from Westwood High School in 1999. I live in Mesa with my husband and our dog and cat. I love to travel and have visited many countries including France, Canada, Belgium, Peru, and Ecuador.

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