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French Language Overview

Language is a key factor in the development of international understanding and learning the host country language is seen as a fundamental component of an international education.


At Campus des Nations, strong emphasis is placed on the integration of French into the curriculum and raising an awareness of the host country language for all students. French teachers and classroom teachers plan together to ensure that the classroom programme is extended into the French curriculum and that French does not become an isolated subject but a tool for further inquiry. Emphasis is placed on using a multi-sensory approach to the language acquisition and excursions into the local community are an important part of the programme. In this way, students are able to use their French in a meaningful context and to understand more about the culture of their host country.


Objectives are set at each class level, however, it should be understood that our students are international and transient and may not follow the French programme from Class 1 to Class 6, entering the programme at any point and at any level throughout the year. Therefore class expectations are very much dependent on the students’ previous knowledge of French and their potential to learn. Above all, students should develop a willingness to speak French, an enjoyment of the language and reach an academic level that allows them to use French in developing their cognitive skills.

In Years 1-6 a French teacher teaches French for four periods of forty minutes a week.

 

Jump to the expectations for Early Childhood    Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4     Year 5     Year 6

Oral Communicaton:
Listening and Speaking

Written Communication:
Reading and Writing

The students in

Early childhood

will:

 
Book made in French class

Oral Communicaton:
Listening and Speaking

Written Communication:
Reading and Writing

The students in

Year 1

will:

Develop their interest of the French languag


Develop their ability to listen attentively


Develop their perception of the French language and their comprehension through stories, poems and songs, as well as handicrafts, drawing and physical activities


Develop their ability to use vocabulary and simple phrases through poems, songs, games, etc.


Be encouraged to express themselves in French as often as possible according to their abilities.

Approach the written language through words, short sentences and short texts related to their world and to children’s books


Be able to recognise some words as a whole


Approach the structure and the organisation of short texts (title, sentence, etc.)


Observe similarities and differences with other languages


Be encouraged to look at French books.
Copy words and small sentences.

L'Escalade

Oral Communicaton:
Listening and Speaking

Written Communication:
Reading and Writing

The students in

Year 2

will:

Develop their spoken vocabulary and use in different situations e.g. greetings


Develop their ability to listen attentively


Develop their perception of the French language and their comprehension through stories, poems and songs, as well as handicrafts, drawing and physical activities


Be encouraged to express themselves in French as often as possible according to their abilities


Begin to discriminate sounds and pronounce correctly 

French class

Develop an awareness of the written word and transfer reading strategies learnt in the Language Arts class to the French classroom


Be able to recognise some words/phrases as a whole


Approach the structure and the organisation of short texts (title, sentence, etc.)


Observe similarities and differences with other languages


Be encouraged to look at French books


Copy words and small sentences


Read their own written phrases/stories


Read a text in a group

Oral Communicaton:
Listening and Speaking

Written Communication:
Reading and Writing

The students in

Year 3

will:

Develop their pronunciation and listening skills


Increase their ability to listen attentively and to analyse what they have heard


Begin to ask questions


Develop spontaneous communication


Become aware of different forms of speech ie. interrogative, affirmative, negative


Understand a spoken text in relation to the learned vocabulary


Recognise syllables/words in a sentence


Develop oral comprehension 

Use a variety of reading strategies to decode text
Identify sound blends eg. ou, oi, é


“Look” at appropriate reading material


Choose appropriate reading material


Become more aware of grammar rules


Approach different genres of writing


Increase comprehension


Learn to construct a short text


Use reference materials appropriately

Oral Communicaton:
Listening and Speaking

Written Communication:
Reading and Writing

 The students in

Year 4

will:

Develop their pronunciation skills


Increase their ability to listen attentively and to analyse what they have heard


Ask more complex questions, give opinions and contribute to class discussions


Develop the use of French as a tool for communication


Understand a spoken text


Develop comprehension


Increase spoken vocabulary and use in a variety of contexts


Give oral presentations 

at the Alimentarium in Vevey

Use a variety of reading strategies to decode text


Identify spoken words and write according to French spelling rules


Read with fluency and expression


Choose appropriate reading material


Recognise different genres of writing


Increase comprehension


Understand the tense of verbs and use appropriately


Understand grammar and punctuation rules and use appropriately


Use reference materials appropriately


Scan text and extract information


Expand written vocabulary

Oral Communicaton:
Listening and Speaking

Written Communication:
Reading and Writing

 The students in

Year 5

will:

Develop their pronunciation skills and repeat words, phrases and sentences correctly


Use French as a tool for communication


Increase their ability to listen attentively and to analyse what they have heard


Ask more complex questions, give opinions and contribute to class discussions


Increase spoken vocabulary and use in a variety of contexts


Become more aware of cultural differences in the use of spoken language


Understand the different use of language in different contexts 

 

Visit to Ferney Voltaire

Use a variety of reading strategies to decode text


Identify spoken words and write correctly


Read with fluency and expression


Choose appropriate reading material


Recognise different genres of writing and use appropriately


Increase comprehension


Understand grammar, verbs and punctuation rules and use appropriately


Use reference materials appropriately


Scan text and extract information


Expand written vocabulary


Summarise a text


Write for different purposes eg. creative writing, report writing, using a range of vocabulary, tenses and grammatical forms taught within the programme

Oral Communicaton:
Listening and Speaking

Written Communication:
Reading and Writing

The students in

Year 6

will:

Develop their pronunciation skills and repeat words, phrases and sentences correctly


Use French as a tool for communication


Increase their ability to listen

attentively and to analyse what they have heard


Ask more complex questions, give opinions and contribute to class discussions


Increase spoken vocabulary and use in a variety of contexts


Become more aware of cultural differences in the use of spoken language


Understand the different use of language in different contexts 

L'Escalade

Use a variety of reading strategies to decode text


Identify spoken words and write correctly


Read with fluency and expression


Choose appropriate reading material


Recognise different genres of writing and use appropriately


Increase comprehension


Understand grammar, verb tense (used in oral French),spelling and punctuation rules and use appropriately


Use reference materials appropriately


Scan text and extract information


Expand written vocabulary


Summarise a text


Write for different purposes eg. creative writing, report writing, using a range of vocabulary, tenses and grammatical forms taught in the programme


5concepts

Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements

Powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop understanding

Significant, relevant, subject matter which students are expected to explore and know about

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Those things which the students need to be able to do to succeed in a changing, challenging world

Dispositions which are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people

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updated 16 fÈvrier, 2007