French as a second language

St. Emily Catholic School

Why learn a second language?

Research confirms that knowledge of a second language strengthens first-language skills and

that the ability to speak two or more languages generally enhances reasoning and problem solving

skills, as well as creative-thinking skills. Learning a second language not only strengthens

students’ ability to communicate, but also develops their capacity to understand and respect

other cultures. In this way, second-language learning prepares students to participate more

effectively in the workplace and in the global economy, and provides them with a distinct

advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada and internationally. Ministry of Education, 2001 French as a Second Language, page 4

French Language

Every month your child will be introduced to new letter sounds in the form of comptines (French poems/chants).  We will learn the letter sounds and add new vocabulary to the students' word bank to enrich their learning of the French language.

février/mars 2018

new songs:

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques (traditional)

Au clair de la lune (traditional)

lundi matin (Suzanne Pinel)

new vocabulary:  (u sound)

usine, tortue, jus, jupe, fusée, plume, lune, pupitre, rue, uniforme

new comptine:

Tortue verte

Tortue verte, tortue verte,

Ou vas-tu?  Ou vas-tu?

Vas-tu à la lune?  Vas-tu à la lune?

En fusée? En fusée?

janvier 2018

new songs:

Roboto, Suzanne Pinel

Chocolat Chaud, Carmen Campagne

Petit chapeau, grand chapeau:  Suzanne Pinel

new vocabulary:  (o sound)

Pot, rose, robe hippopotame, dos, robot, yoyo, chocolat, photo, soleil

new comptine:

Zoko le robot

Allô, je m’appelle Zoko.

Je suis un robot.

Je porte une robe rose et un gros chapeau.

Voici ma photo.

J’aime jouer avec les yoyos.

Je n’aime pas les bobos.

décembre 2017

new songs:

Quand le Père NOËL, Suzanne Pinel

La neige tombe, Suzanne Pinel

new vocabulary:  (NOËL)

l'avent, NOËL, la neige, le flocon de neige, le bonhomme de neige, froid, tuque, mitaines, foulard, manteau, pantalon de neige, bottes

new comptine: 

review all comptines and songs

novembre 2017

new songs:

L'araignée Eensy TFO

Le pont d'Avignon Suzanne Pinel

Il pleut, Il pleut bergère Carmen Campagne

Frère Jacques Traditional

new vocabulary:  (i sound)

lion, kiwi, girafe, pizza, tigre, riz, rideau, sifflet, lit, nid

new comptine: 


Le lion aime le kiwi, wi, wi, wi, wi

La girafe aime la pizza, za, za, za, za

Le tigre aime le riz, i, i, i, i

Et moi, moi?  J'aime le chocolat, la, la, la!

octobre 2017

new songs:

Les bobos TFO

Super-mini TFO

Je la-la-la-lave mes mains TFO

Petit chapeau, grand chapeau:  Suzanne Pinel

new vocabulary:  (e sound)

petit, renard, cerises, requin, melon, cheval, chemin, envelope, fenêtre, genou, chemise

new comptine: 

Les animaux

Petit renard mange des cerises

Petit requin mange du melon

Grand cheval danse dans le chemin

Et Ananas mange des bonbons!

septembre 2017

new songs:

Comment ça va?  Alexandre

Une Pomme:  Suzanne Pinel

new vocabulary:  (a sound)

un ananas, une banane, une salade, un chat, un canard, un sac, une table, un avion, une famille, une tasse

new comptine: 


Ananas, banane, salade, salade, salade,

Chat, canard, sac, table, table, table,

Avion, famille, tasse, tasse, tasse,

Ananas, banane, salade, salade, salade

Tips for learning the new vocabulary:

Students need to feel comfortable substituting French words in their oral sentences.  Try posting the new vocabulary at home where your child will easily be able to see it.

Making a matching game with index cards is a great way to have fun with new vocabulary.

Have your child write a new word with play-dough or Lego.  Use what you have at home (markers, chalk, paint, plastiscine, etc...) to have your child create the words, they can even bring them to school to show their friends!

Practice individual sounds (feature sounds) and practice reading the comptine to your child until he/she knows it by heart.

Try identifying the letter in the comptine, the vowels, the consonants, the rhyming words.

Make flashcards at home using the new words - your child can illustrate the new vocabulary (they are invited to bring these to school to show and share with their friends)

Send us your ideas and I will put them up on this website so that other parents can share in the fun!

Ask about vocabulary words being learned in the classroom.  Use an on-line dictionary such as if unsure about the meaning or pronunciation of the words.

Helpful websites and shows on youtube:

Canadian parents for French, mini tfo




popular singers and songwriters:

Suzanne Pinel

Carmen Campagne

Matt Maxwell

tfo group

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