This year, I’m excited to have a classroom to welcome my French students! No more pushing a cart from room to room … with the addition to the building, the world language department now has classrooms. This is a plus for the students because they can be immersed in the language through the materials in the room, and it’s now possible to post and share student work.
Although we’ve been slowed by the delayed start to the school year, and the unexpected “fall break” due to Hurricane Matthew, all the French students have been learning and doing a lot during this first trimester. Here is a look at what each grade level is up to:
As this is our first year learning French, we are focusing on the basics. At this point, we can introduce ourselves and have a basic conversation including asking and telling names and how we’re doing. We can also count to ten in French. Next we will learn higher numbers and months, so that we can identify dates, including our birthdays.
Here are some third graders playing the memory game to practice their numbers in French.
We started the year reviewing some basic conversations, including asking and telling names and how we’re doing. We started learning about our cultural focus this year, and so far we’ve explored the city of Montréal, in Canada. We’ve learned the French terms for the summer Olympic sports, as Montréal hosted the Games in 1976. We’ve also learned how to express our opinions on sports (if we like them or not) and why (it’s exciting / it’s boring / etc.)
Here are some fourth graders doing a photo project in which they chose a sport and told if they like it or not, and why.
Fifth Grade:We have already had two years of French, so in addition to reviewing the expressions for a basic conversation (asking and telling names and how we’re doing), we also reviewed how to ask and tell what you’re like (physical and personality descriptions) and the things that we like and dislike. We put our knowledge together into conversations that we wrote in groups. We had fun performing them in front of our class, each person picking a card which told them what funny voice to use as they read.Now we’ve moved on to a review of colors, and we’ve been singing our favorite song, “Léon le Caméléon”.
Sixth Grade:We are off to a great start this year, and the students are all showing their enthusiasm for French! We have been learning the French words for wild animals, as well as how to describe them (body parts, patterns, etc.).Next, students will be imagining crazy animals of their own. This project is about to start, so check back to see photos once they’re done!
These students have decided to embark on a two-year program to earn a high school credit for French I. So far, I am very impressed with their motivation and dedication! I know we will have a wonderful two years together.
We are working on our first unit, and since these students have already been exposed to French the past two years, some of this has been review. Students can have a basic conversation, express their likes and dislikes, and give their opinions. Although this sounds a lot like what the students in the younger grades have been learning, the seventh-graders have learned additional expressions to express themselves more thoroughly. They have also learned cultural information about non-verbal greetings and other French customs.
We have finished the first year of the French I curriculum, and are off to a strong start to this year. We began by reviewing the things we learned last year. Now we are in our second unit, all about fun things we do and where in town we can do them. Students have been reading, writing, listening and speaking very well; they can handle whatever I teach them. We laugh a lot and learn together!