In French III, students continue to build upon communication skills developed in Levels I and II. Specifically, students participate actively in extended oral and written discourse, using compound and complex sentences to provide information in a coherent and fluent manner. Students narrate and describe past and present events; they predict future events. They develop critiquing skills. Students explore options in a given situation, and handle difficulties and unexpected events. They also learn to initiate and sustain a conversation, discussion, or debate. Students demonstrate these language functions in various contexts (personal, social, political, socio-economic, scientific, literary, artistic, historical and philosophical). Reading selections include children’s literature, poetry, short stories, and French novellas. Students also participate in free reading time, for the purpose of developing reading skills (and interests) in a relaxed setting.