In K-2 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.
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 begun 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 Pre-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 through 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 mustaches 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 3-5 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.
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 Jambon – Green Eggs and Ham– Dr. Seuss Un Poisson, Deux Poisson, Poisson Rouge, Poisson Bleu – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish– Dr. Seuss French for Little Learners– Diane Farrug Lilou Series-Delphine Bench Max et les MaxiMonstres – Where 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
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