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Le French Immersion Curriculum has changed in 2013 for full implementation this September.

Here is the link: 

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/fsl18-2013curr.pdf

Here are a few of the key messages from the curriculum document:

 

   Goal for students:  What teachers can do to assist:
 Listening: To develop their listening and interaction skills, French language learners need extensive, daily opportunities to listen to people’s opinions on, discuss, and reflect on a range of subjects, including personally relevant topics, school subjects, and current affairs.  Students need to hear their teachers and peers speak French in a variety of interactive settings (e.g., in pairs, in groups, and in whole class discussions/activities). 
 It is important that teachers contextualize listening interactions and activities for students. This can be done through brainstorming to identify what students already 
know about the topic of a new text they are about to hear, view, or read. French programs should provide many cognitively challenging opportunities for students to engage in listening activities. 
 Speaking: French language learners need to speak and interact daily in French in a purposeful way – for example, through collaborative learning in pairs and small groups that allows them to engage in speaking and listening for authentic purposes. In developing their speaking skills, students benefit from having the language model provided by their teachers.   Not only do teachers offer students instruction and supportive feedback related to speaking, but they also demonstrate communication conventions that are appropriate in both academic and social contexts.
 Reading:  Students build on their experiences with listening to and speaking French and apply that knowledge to determining the meaning of written texts. Reading is a complex process that involves the application of many strategies before, during, and after reading.   Teachers need to model the use of such strategies, engage students in shared and guided exploration of texts, and foster the independent application of reading strategies. 
 Writing: To become good writers who are able to communicate ideas with ease and clarity, students need frequent opportunities to write for various purposes and audiences and to master the skills involved in the various tasks associated with the writing process.

Writing: To communicate clearly and effectively, they need to learn to use standard written forms and French language conventions. However, learning to write as clearly, correctly, and precisely as possible is only part of the goal of writing instruction. Students should be given opportunities to 

produce interactive writing, different types of creative writing, and writing that addresses topics that are of interest to them and that reflects their capacity for independent critical thought. 

 Students should be given opportunities to produce interactive writing, different types of creative writing, and writing that addresses topics that are of interest to them and that reflects their capacity for independent critical thought. Writing activities that are meaningful to students and that challenge them to think creatively about topics and concerns of interest to them will lead to a fuller and more lasting command of the essential skills of writing. 

 

Teachers can employ a variety of instructional strategies to support French language learners in their acquisition of French. For example, teachers can:

• design meaningful lessons and activities that are achievable by students and that take into account their background knowledge and experiences;

• provide frequent opportunities for collaboration and practice in pairs, small groups, and large groups;

• provide targeted instruction for students during shared or guided practice, in which they lead students to explore texts or concepts;

• have students listen to, read, or view mentor texts to help them decide what their final product might be; 

• model various learning processes by demonstrating how to listen to, read, view, and interact with appropriate texts;

 

 

Parents, you can help!  In addition to their learning experiences in the classroom, students should be encouraged to:

• pursue opportunities outside the classroom to listen to and speak French;

• seek out recreational reading materials and multimedia works in French, as well as in their first language, to extend their knowledge of the world around them;

• discuss with their parents what they are reading, writing, and learning.

 

At Elmdale:

The staff team works within a proffesional learning community. As we develop our goals for the year, we will expand the use of this page to share some of our plans with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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