Communicating in French outside the Classroom

Most of our students in elementary are at a A1 proficiency level. That means they can recognize and use familiar words and simple phrases for concrete purposes. They can introduce themselves or someone else. They can ask and answer basic questions about home, family, surroundings, etc… They can communicate in a basic way when the other person speaks slowly and clearly, and is ready to repeat or reformulate to help communication.

You don't need special skills to help your child learn French (and you can't give them the answer which makes them think). Spending time with your child - talking about what he or she is thinking about and doing in his or her life - will make a difference. The goal of French program is to develop proficiency, not just in French but in English as well. This goal is based on solid research. Studies show that if your child develops abilities in French, this will help your child continue to improve in English; there are many skills that transfer between different languages. Learning French will not limit your child's growth in mastering English. The most important thing you can do is help your child develop strong oral language skills: reading and writing skills are built on listening and speaking skills.

Did you know, if you speak English, you already know some 15,000 French words? More than 1/3 of all English words are derived from French.

Remember, patience and practice are the keys.

It takes time and effort to learn a second language.

Your encouragement will go a long way in your child’s success.

Pick Up French

  • Label things in your house.
  • Write your shopping list in French.
  • Listen to French music
  • Watch French TV/movies
  • Read French comic books
  • Parents, take a French course
  • Go shopping in Gatineau
  • Order from the French side of the menu at the restaurant.
  • Play a board game in French.
  • Talk with family members and friends who speak French.

Growth Mindset:

1. Set micro-goals.

2. Celebrate micro-successes.

3. Focus on the process of learning.

4. Cooperation: we learn better together.

5. Learning to learn is an important skill.

Learning Goals

Listening & Speaking

Respond with understanding and communicate using simple phrases and sentences that convey a clear message.


Use reading strategies to understand the meaning of a variety of texts.


Write simple connected texts following a model.