Grades 3 to 6 – French
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Eatontown Private School : 3-5 French

In 3-6 French, the students will be introduced to the early basics of the French language by employing each child’s natural inquisitiveness.  Topics and direction will be determined as students make requests in an open dialogue with the instructor, during the flow of conversation.  When new interests arise, the class will address these topics.  

With a goal of learning through the common use of language, students will explore the French language and its culture through music, movies, television, art, fashion, storybooks and writing.  Experiences will range from producing flashcards and vocabulary journals to reading, singing, playing, acting, and even cooking French recipes. Guests will be invited from time to time to come converse. Lessons may include: Salutations and introductions, My name is…, fruits and vegetables, animals, weather, colors, names, objects in my house, objects in my classroom, out to eat, Today I would like…, in the bag and much more.

Purpose

Students will…

  • be introduced to basic French conversation and grammar.
  • build vocabulary through projects and frequent use.
  • become increasingly comfortable understanding spoken French.
  • understand children’s games, shows, art work and basic literature.
  • enjoy having simple conversations, exchanging greeting and pleasantries.
  • build a vocabulary library surrounding their lives and interests.
  • listen to the French language from a variety of French speakers and familiarize themselves with its phonetic nuances.
  • acquire new vocabulary to describe certain scenarios and experiences.
  • use the new vocabulary in dialogue, games, and activities.
  • practice pronunciation of new sounds.
  • overcome any initial hesitancy of  learning a foreign language.
  • see the variety of connections between English, French, and any other languages students may know.
  • take a little bite of a French culture through the exploration of original French literature and the translation of familiar literature written originally in English. Also through culture, art, food, commercials and film.
  • experience gradual immersion.
  • appreciate the fun and humor a new language can have by implementing a variety of games and movements to the course.

Process

The students began by learning to express improved vocabulary; they continue to learn more about introductions and salutations and implement their knowledge. Students understand more and more about weather and objects in the classroom. Basic colors and numbers are reviewed frequently through a question and answer based “Bavardage” activity. The students have also began to learn articles of clothing and continue to use their color vocabulary to expand upon what they are wearing each day.  An understanding of basic items in the room is reinforced by a game called “Allez-Allez”. As students go to areas or things in the room as they are called out.

For K-2 students, short fairy tales in French through video clips have been introduced, as it supports their course of learning in literacy and retraces some of the tales they have learned in English. The younger children are enjoying this very much and are recognizing some new vocabulary though the tales. We have done a bit of acting them out as we retell them in English and then translate them into the French.

We covered a lesson in “Superheroes” and created our own heroes, super villains, and secret identities using some of the adjectives and nouns that we have learned. We also covered a brief lesson on French desserts, both our favorites and the favorites among children in France. The children also played a variety of games to introduce and reinforce French vocabulary and sentence structure. They play “Madame Mari dit”, during which their ability to name body parts in French was assessed. Our homegrown game, “Dit Bonjour!”, has proven to be a good measure of their knowledge of French as well.

The children have expressed interested in learning about some of the animals of the rainforest in French, which directly mirrors some of the things  they are learning about in English.

French vocabulary will be bolstered through the creation of signs which will label the items about the school. These signs will include sentences where possible. We have photographed the students donning pipe cleaner moustaches and pointing large baguettes toward objects that they wish to label.  This is the catalyst to the signs the children are creating. The teacher has introduced and asks the children to use DuoLingo, Google Translate, and a French dictionary to reinforce the importance of employing a variety of resources when learning.

Grades 3-6 students have begun to write and produce their own film. They have complete the script, identified the plot and developed the characters. The film is titled, “Marriage du Easy and le poulet”. Currently, the students are translating common phrases into french and practicing their delivery. It has been a very exciting time preparing for this production. We have also spent time viewing French music videos. They have viewed some cartoons in French and have studied how characters react in different situations. Through the film, the children continue to build their knowledge of French vocabulary. They have increased their comprehensive skills with each passing week.

Resources

Films:
“A Town Called Panic”- stop motion for younger children
“Monster in Paris”
“Azur & Asmar”- The Prince’s Quest
Tale of the Night
“Volt” a super Hero ale in French

Books:
Les Oeufs Verts au JambonGreen Eggs and Ham– Dr. Seuss
Un Poisson, Deux Poisson, Poisson Rouge, Poisson BleuOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish– Dr. Seuss
French for Little Learners– Diane Farrug
Lilou Series-Delphine Bench
Max et les MaxiMonstresWhere the Wild Things Are– Maurice Sendak
French Dictionary

Websites:
www.pastemagazine.com
www.foreignlanguagehouse.com
kidspot.comau
littlepim.com
littlepimtube.com
mondedestitounis.com
learnfrenchlab.com

TEACHER: Mari McMahon