Unité 3 : Comment nous nous exprimons.

Bonjour !

It was great to see you today for our Parent-Teacher conferences and share learning strategies.

Our students are now getting to the core of what learning another language is. Under the transdisciplinary theme of How we express ourselves, and our central idea The complexity of language allows us to express our identities with a different perspective, students dig deeper into what they know about their language and how it looks like in another language.

Our learning intentions for the unit are:

  • Students will be able to describe pets and animals, further inquiring about gender and number concepts in French;
  • Students will be able to talk about age;
  • Students will inquire about verbs and how they differ from one usage to another;
  • Students will nurture their curiosity and talk about one’s preferences.

Students can now talk about our pets or random animals and describe them thoroughly.

Students were able to update their introduction with such information as well as their age. Talking about age allows us to pay closer attention to verbs and their meaning in French and other languages.

Next week we will carry on with conceptual understanding inquiring about verbs and how they change form in relation with pronouns.

We will finish our unit sharing what our favourite stuff are.

Au revoir !

Unités 1 et 2 : Qui nous sommes et comment nous nous exprimons.

Bonjour !

Time went so fast that we are already in the middle of our unit 2!

Looking back at our unit 1, we’ve learnt a lot about:

  • introducing myself and other people, including nationalities and languages spoken;
  • counting up to 69 – and get a glimpse about how tricky it gets between 70 and 100;
  • Concepts of gender and number in French.

Our unit 2 is under the transdisciplinary theme of How we express ourselves, and our central idea is Language can be used to describe and our environment differently. We’ve learnt about school items and how objects have gender too – it’s always so funny to see how they adapt so quickly to a table being female and a carpet being male 🙂

Our learning intentions for the unit are:

  • Students will be able to identify objects and actions in the classroom;
  • Students will be able to describe with adjectives – colours and feelings;
  • Students will inquire further about gender and number concepts in French;
  • Students will inquire about verbs and how they are connected to pronouns;
  • Students will ask and answer questions that help to describe our environment.

We’ve connected class items to actions and observed how a verb and an object can look the same but have a different function: Avec une gomme, je gomme. Avec un taille-crayon, je taille un crayon.This week we’ve inquired about colours and realised that adjectives of colours also agree in gender and number, like the object they are attached to.

Please note that you are welcome to come to your child’s French class on Thursday 30th November for ES Open Classrooms, 12:30-1:10pm, in B8-109 (library building).

Au revoir !

Back to School Night Presentation

Bonjour la classe 5 !

Bonjour !

My name is Ms. Laurie and I am your child’s French teacher this academic year. This is a Novice 1 small class with children who had little exposure to French language and culture before. However, in a few months, and because our fifth graders show maturity and commitment in their learning, we will soon become a Novice 2 group. This year, we are very lucky to welcome to our class group 2 students with a background in French that will lead us into developing our speaking skills further. Our fifth graders are already very keen on learning collaboratively and interacting in French!

During these first weeks, we are learning to learn, which means that we are building/consolidating a strong set of skills that will help us communicate in basic situations in French only.

Our learning intentions are:

  • Students will be able to introduce themselves and greet others.
  • Students will be able to count from 0 to 30.
  • Students will be able to say the date the way French people do.
  • Students will be able to understand simple instructions.
  • Students will be able to collaboratively build our class essential agreements.
  • Students will be able to recognize some French cultural symbols and express like or dislike.

Your child comes to French class on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Once we start our first unit, we will use Vitamine 1 textbook and notebook (Cle International) throughout the year to support our progression.

Vitamine - Niveau 1 - Livre de l'élève

Welcome to World Languages Blog

Dear Parents,
Welcome to our World Languages learning community! We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our team and share about how to use this blog to enhance our partnership to support students’ learning.

In our team, we have 3 Vietnamese teachers, 3 French teachers, 1 Chinese Mandarin teacher and 1 Teaching Assistant. All languages teachers are native speakers. More information of individual teacher’s bio can be found in the tab of “About Us” on this blog.

During the first two weeks of school, all of our World Languages classes are focused on Learning to Learn. Students are getting to know their teachers and their new classmates. In order to achieve the school goal towards Excellent Learning, in our classes, we established the class essential agreements and commitments to the actions of being a responsible learner of their own and for others. In the meantime, some basic classroom language is introduced so that students will be able to follow the directions in the target languages in everyday situation.

On the World Languages Blog this year, you will find the curriculum information, language learning information from respective teacher, and it also provides you the opportunity to talk with the children about what we are learning, what we have learned, and what we will learn throughout the year.

We hope you will find this site a useful communication channel between our team and you as parents.