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Bonjour et bienvenue à la classe de français avec Madame Torrison!

LES ANNONCES (announcements):
Have a wonderful summer vacation! I have attached a document ("Fun French 2") onto this webpage with ways your student can stay engaged in their French learning over the summer. In addition, we have already created our supplies list for the 2018-2019 school year so please see below:

World Language Supplies Grade K (Label with name) 


1 Ea Folder – Black
1 Ea Notebook - Black

World Language Supplies Grades (1-4)

1 Spiral Notebook  

1 Black Folder with pockets 

1 Black Pencil

Index Cards 3x5”

• Sport sack to carry language supplies in 

World Language Supplies Grades (5-8)

1Ea Spiral - Black
1Ea Folder with pockets - Black
1Ea Pencil
1Ea Index Cards 3x5”
1Ea Headphones with microphone. No wireless. Optional: 

• Sport sack to carry language supplies in

If you are able to purchase any of these additional supplies to be shared, it would be greatly appreciated!
Lightly Colored copy paper (that can be printed on legibly), Cardstock,
Extra Dry erase makers, Extra Eraser tops,
Extra Kleenex, Extra Highlighters,
Supply Wish List:
- crayons (we go through these at a surprising rate!)
- colored printer paper
- glue sticks
- tape (scotch/masking/duct)
- notecards: white/pink/blue
- large poster map of France
  1. Kindergarten and 1st grade made "papillon" masks after they learned the days of the week with the Hungry Caterpillar (chenille)!

- is now up and running. I will be using this for homework in later units (3rd-8th) but if your student feels like they need some extra practice now they can use it ASAP. Please email me for login information - it should be the same as last year though with the password being a combination of an animal with numbers.
- is also up and working! Usernames and passwords are student ID.

Supply Wish List:
- crayons (we are going through these at a surprising pace!)
- colored printer paper
- glue sticks
- tape (scotch/masking/duct)
- notecards: white/pink/blue
- large poster map of France

About Madame Torrison:
Bonjour! I am delighted to be joining LaSalle II as the French teacher! French has always been a big part of my life and I am so happy to be able to share my passion with the students at LaSalle II! I had an early introduction to French when my family relocated to Bretagne, France for year while I was in preschool. This began my love for the French culture, language, and people. I went on to complete a French major at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and studied abroad for six months in Aix-en-Provence, France. I later completed my Master of Education in World Language Education at DePaul University. I have lived in Chicago for a little over four years and love this city! In my spare time I like to take my dog Neville to the park and enjoy all the dog friendly patios in the city. I have had a busy summer wedding planning with my fiancé and we are very excited to tie the knot next summer in my hometown in Minnesota. I’m so excited to start the year and get to know all of the wonderful students and families at LaSalle II! 

Classroom Materials:
-Composition notebook (all grade levels)
-Index cards - pink and blue are best to help us to remember the gender of words (grades 5-8)
-Writing utensil

Classroom Tools:
-Let's Recap! This year for some homework assignments (grades 5-8) I will be using a site called Let's Recap! This site allows students to record themselves speaking and respond to questions that I assign. I have used this tool in the past and really enjoy it because it gives students more practice time speaking and gives them the opportunity to listen to themselves speaking. We'll be signing up and doing some trial runs in class in the coming weeks, but down the road if your student is assigned a Recap for a "devoir" (homework) - this is what that means: - if you do not have a French/English dictionary at home, this website is a good tool to help look up words when necessary. I discourage you from using Google Translate because often it does not give you the actual word you are looking to use. In addition, Google Translate will be prohibited for any projects/writing assignments. It is very obvious when translation websites have been used and I prefer students to do more of the learning themselves with tools like

Grading scale (excluding 3rd grade):
Participation: 30%* (*35% in 1-2) 
Performance Tasks/Projects: 25% 
Homework: 5%* (*0% in 1-2)
Quizzes, tests: 20% 
In-class assignments: 20%

LaSalle II World Language Class Participation Rubric:

French Speaking and Listening Opportunities:

-If you aren't using Duolingo already, I highly recommend downloading this free app! A lot of it might be review of what students are already learning, but it's a really fun way that you and your student can practice French.

-We are beginning the school year with colors! Encourage your student to point out colors with you and teach you some French! Here are some videos I like and will be using in class to help support our learning.

Helpful study links/practice for La Famille:


Apprendre les chiffres en s'amusant (francais)
La comptine des chiffres - Les Titounis:
Numbers Song in French. Une Chanson des Chiffres:
Les chiffres et les nombres de 1 a 20 - alain le lait
French for kids = Learn French numbers # From 0 to 100: 

Les Couleurs -

La chanson des couleurs
Apprendre les couleurs en s'amusant (Francais)

Chanson - Les couleurs primaires
Caillou - La chanson des couleurs (avec illustrations) 

Le Train des couleurs - chanson pour apprendre les couleurs - Méli et Touni

Les princesses et les couleurs - Comptines pour enfants 

Apprendre les couleurs avec les bonbons Smarties - Arc en ciel -Touni Toys – Titounis
Super Mini crée des couleurs : Vert
Super Mini crée des couleurs : Orange
Super Mini crée des couleurs : Rose
Super Mini crée des couleurs : Violet
Super Mini crée des couleurs : Beige
Super Mini crée des couleurs : Gris
Super Mini crée des couleurs : Turquoise
Super Mini crée des couleurs : Brun

Chanson : La couleur rouge: OYwtYgJ0CJ
Chanson : La couleur verte: OYwtYgJ0CJ&index=3 

Les couleurs : Rose: OYwtYgJ0CJ&index=6 

What is Proficiency? (this is a great article that helps us understand how students are progressing in their language learning -A project of by Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell with thanks to Marci Harris* - not written by me!!)

Can you talk crêpes?

Welcome to my class which is a language class and so we want to learn all about language without using it to talk to anyone.


Talking to people is what our class is all about!

We are on a journey to

                                               1) communicate &

                                               2) connect with real people who speak real language.

We’re charting our journey by talking a lot about THE TWO BIG Ps:

performance & proficiency.

What’s proficiency?

Proficiency helps us stop talking about grades that don’t really tell us how we’re doing and instead talk about levels that tell us what we can do and where we’re headed next.

Quick rundown here:

Novice Low → Novice Mid → Novice High → Intermediate Low → Intermediate Mid → Intermediate High → Advanced Low...

Performance is doing stuff with language -

it’s how we show the language from our proficiency level on a topic or topic(s).

How about an example?

How would you talk about


If you talk about a crêpe using just a few simple words you know

chocolate, fruit, breakfast, dessert, yum!

that’s an example of using language in our lowest measured proficiency level,

novice low.

How about adding in some repetitive phrases?

       lots of chocolate, lots of fruit, eat for breakfast, eat for dessert

now you’ve moved up to performing with some language in our next level,

novice mid.

When you can put some sentences together (still simple!)

I like crêpes.  I eat chocolate and strawberry crêpes.  My friend likes chocolate crêpes with fruit.  No strawberries, with bananas.

congrats, you’ve graduated to performing some tasks in our goal for level 1:

novice high.

Where are we going next?

We’re adding connectors and more vocabulary and creating with language:

My family eat crêpes often because we all like them. My mom makes best the  crêpes.  She find recipes in the online and makes amazing crêpes with chocolate, slices strawberries and bananas. Do you want you come to my house to try my mom’s crêpes?

WHOA - that’s a performance in a whole new level called

intermediate.  (and it’s divided into low, mid, and high too!)

In our class we talk about all our work by figuring out two things:

1) what proficiency level am I showing here?

2) how can I work on moving to the next level?

Because when we ask these questions, what we’re really asking is

1) how can I connect with more people today?

2) how can I connect with them tomorrow?

Enjoy the journey.



Lilli T.,
Jun 20, 2018, 6:18 AM