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Elementary Core French: Bonjour et BIENVENUE! A webcast for Core French Teachers Produced by the B.C. Ministry of Education and the Richmond School District, SD#38
Bienvenue! • Introductions • Joanne Jenkins, Ministry of Education • Timma Blain, Prince George SD#57 • Kelly Burt, SFU • Pam Haynes, Maple Ridge SD#42 • Diane Tijman, Richmond SD#38
Our goals • Build on our understandings • Value of second language learning • Curriculum foundations • Explore • Share strategies, activities and tools to support you in your teaching • Observe • Discuss • Reflect and Plan
Visual synectics Teaching French is like… because….
Our “burning” questions Richmond SD#38 teachers: Sarah Beairsto, Denise Chambers, & Sara Lai
Our questions about planning • How do you plan a unit? • Where can I find resources & books? • Is it better to provide French instruction in two forty minute blocks per week or is daily integration of ten to twenty minutes enough or better?
Questions about instruction • What importance do you put on reading & writing vs listening & speaking? • What’s the best way to use flashcards? • Can you share some Reader’s Theatre scripts appropriate for beginners? • How do you integrate culture? • What are some good games or songs that kids like?
Questions about language • When introducing vocabulary, is it best to have students guess what the word means, look it up in a dictionary, or tell them the meaning? • Should I teach verb conjugations? If so, do I teach them before key vocabulary so that students can make up their own sentences?
French language & culture • How do you teach the language when you don’t know it yourself? • How do I find guest speakers that could come to my class? What about links with Fr. Immersion students? • How can I improve my French language skills?
Questions about assessment • How do I assess their French? Because they are just beginning, and because of the nature of the curriculum, I want to base my marks mostly on oral participation and skills, but I have no idea how to assess them. • What should I expect my students to know in order that they are prepared for high school? • What do they do at the beginning of Grade 8?
Think - pair - share • In groups of 2-3, discuss: • The most important question for me is…. • A question I still have about….
The communicative approach • Video clip of Karen Lin’s Grade 5/6 class at Ferris Elementary, Richmond, SD#38 While watching, think about: • What aspects of Karen’s teaching enhance language acquisition? • What do you notice about the students?
Pause-café • Please be back at 2:30. • Merci!
Time for reflection and planning • When teaching French, I know that…. • Today I noticed that…. • I wonder if…. • In my classroom, I’m going to try ….
Have we answered our questions? • A review of questions collected earlier
And what do the children say? • Video of Francesca Juhasz’s Grade 5/6 class at Grauer Elementary, Richmond, SD#38
Other documents - Websites and other resources document www.bctf.ca/bcatml/ www.caslt.org www.langcanada.ca www.jexplore.ca What’s important in teaching French Pronunciation tips
Quelques remerciements Joanne Jenkins, Ministry of Education
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