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.

note: some of the songs we sing can be found on You tube, just type in the titile of the song on the search bar:

Comment ça va?, J'aime les fruits, Counting in French J'ai faim, J'ai soif, TFO website has a lot of songs that we sing including C'est le printemps, Les bobos, Je lave mes mains, Une belle journée, La vache, Au claire de la lune, Frère Jacques,  TheOttawa Public Library has many of the CDs available on loan by Carmen Campagne, Matt Maxwell and Suzanne Pinel.

octobre 2018

new songs:

Les couleurs, Matt Maxwell

Les couleurs, Alain le lait

C'est l'Halloween, Matt Maxwell

Sur le pont d'avignon, traditional

Un bon chocolat chaud, Carmen Campagne

new vocabulary:  (e sound)

une chemise, une enveloppe, un genou, un renard, un chemin, une fenêtre, un requin, un cheval, un melon

new comptine:

Les animaux

Petit renard mange des cerises,

Petit requin mange du melon,

Grand cheval danse dans le chemin,

Et Anannas mange des bonbons

septembre 2018

new songs:

Comment ça va?  Alexandre

Une Pomme:  Suzanne Pinel

J'aime les fruits:  Alain le lait

C'est une belle journée:  TFO group

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 comptines: 

Comptine ‘Allo’

Allo Ananas, comment ça va?

Ça va comme ci, comme ça.

Allo Madame le chat, comment ça va?

Ça va comme ci, comme ça.

Allo Madame canard, comment ça va?

Ça va comme ci, comme ça.

Allo la famille, comment ça va?

Ça va comme ci, comme ça.

Allo les amis, comment ça va?

Ça va comme ci, comme ça.


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

Alain le lait

Matt Maxwell

tfo group

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