Welcome to French class at HMMS!
By being immersed in comprehensible language, students' brains will have the opportunity to unconsciously acquire, or “pick up”, what they can as they are ready. Students will acquire frequently used words and structures of the language. Bit by bit, the brain organizes all the input (listening and reading), and bit by bit, students will be speaking and writing (output) as they are ready. This happens at different times for different students.
I teach my classes using a combination of techniques to provide students with lots of comprehensible input (language they understand) in French. The class activities are designed to give students many opportunities to be involved in the French language at or just above their level of understanding. Each language-building activity is designed to introduce or strengthen their understanding of high frequency words and phrases in French.
What really helps a student be successful and enjoy class is making the choice to WANT to learn the language, being POSITIVE, and having FAITH IN THE PROCESS. It really is a choice. Every student can be successful.
Students who are ready to move on to French 2 at the high school can do that after their three half-time years of French at HMMS.
6th Grade: Sixth graders who choose French continue their learning from where we left off during our exploratory quarter. Using movement and gestures, simple daily discussions, simple interviews, class-created stories, songs, short videos and simple texts, students continue acquiring some of the basics. Listening is the most important skill when first learning a language. Reading the texts we create in class also plays a major role. Choral responses are a big part of class, and opportunities for individual speaking are always present but never forced.
7th Grade: In seventh grade, we continue with the same sorts of activities, building our vocabulary and comprehension as we talk about students’ lives and interests, create class stories, and take a look at some aspects of French cultures. We continue reading regularly and have opportunities for individual speaking as students are ready. We begin to notice a few grammar patterns in context, not as isolated lessons. Listening attentively and responding appropriately continue to be the most important skills.
8th Grade: In eighth grade, we continue with activities and conversation that focus on the lives of the students. Although listening comprehension is still at the top, there are more opportunities for reading longer texts, speaking, and writing. Grammar is addressed on the spot, as questions arise in the context of the reading and short writing we do. Eighth grade also includes an introduction (in comprehensible French) to some of the major cities of France and to the culture and geography of Quebec.
Supplies: 1-inch binder
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“Language is acoustical, not intellectual.” – Berty Segal
A lingua franca is a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different.