Bonjour, et bienvenue à la nouvelle année scolaire! 

Hello, and welcome back to a new school year!

            My name is Najla Haidar, "Madame Najla", and I will be teaching Core French for grades 4-8 this year at Bond Academy. It is my first year at Bond, and I'm excited to be part of such an amazing school community. I'm originally from Montréal, and have been living in Toronto for 12 years. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree majoring in French along with a minor in Translation from the University of Toronto in 2010. I taught French at many public schools within the TDSB. I also offer private tutoring services for all ages. 

            Aside from teaching, I also posses some other abilities and talents! I speak French, Arabic and English. like writing poems, I love listening to music, I also play basketball, & I like to swim. I enjoy traveling and learning new cultural things. I also enjoy good movies. I like to help & make new friends (that being said - don't be shy to come talk to me about anything!).

            This year, I would like to take this opportunity to teach French within the private sector, and I chose Bond Academy. I'm thrilled to be teaching at Bond this school year, and look forward to getting to know all of my students, and be able to challenge them and learn with them throughout the academic school year! At Bond, we strive in giving out our best in education.

            Learning a new language is fun. Whether it is for everyday use or for work, there are many reasons why we should consider learning French; especially because it is one of Canada’s two official languages.

            French is recognized worldwide as one of the most important languages spoken today. It is also a language for the job market. French opens up career paths. As a result, it is a language for an elevated of level education. When learning French, we learn a new culture, thus, there are more than 220 million people who speak French around the world. French language allows us to be part of a diverse and multicultural world. Students who learn French are easily able to learn Spanish or Italian if they wish. French is considered to be a language of love, reason and politeness. Finally, speaking French is both a talent and a skill that not so many around the world have that privilege.

            I understand that French is one of the many subjects/courses students are taking. For this reason, they will be given a limited amount of homework. My goal is to offer writing activities along with various engaging learning materials to boost and help improve their writing and speaking skills. I will take the time to discuss with the students their expectations throughout the year and provide any resources they need to accomplish their tasks. I will do my best to maintain a fun and interesting time with each of my students.

            As parents, there are many ways to encourage learning outside the classroom. Parents who can speak French, even if it is at a basic level, are encouraged to speak to their child in French as often as possible. Students who have access to French books at home are also encouraged to read for at least 15 minutes every other day. The only way to learn a language is to be immersed in all aspects of it!

            Our goal is simple: being successful does not necessarily mean obtaining high marks, but to be actively participating in class, trying our very best and learning from our mistakes. Students need to stay motivated to learn. This is the key to success. Students are also encouraged to ask questions and I will always be there to assist them with their needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is by sending me a quick email and/or setting up an appointment to meet and I shall respond the next business day.

Najla Haidar

Senior French Teacher

Grade 4-8

Updated: November 24, 2017

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