Intensive French A Brief Introduction. Netten & Germain– October 2006. Netten & Germain– October 2008. Entry level: Grade 6. September to January Intensive French semester (Math taught in English) February to June compacted curriculum - instruction in English.
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September to January
(Math taught in English)
February to June
Lang Arts, Socials, Science, CAPP, Math
1 hour/day French
Regular curriculum (slight reduction in Language Arts)
1 hour/day French
Core French in Grades. 6 & 7 = 112 hrs.
90 min./week+ or 56 hrs/yr
Intensive French in Grs. 6 & 7 = 600 hrs.
Gr. 6: 1050 min/wk (Sept-Jan)
+ 300 min./wk (Feb-June)
Gr. 7: 300 min./wk
Program highly successful in these provinces & territories:
Newfoundland/Labrador Manitoba B.C.
Nova Scotia Saskatchewan Yukon
New Brunswick Alberta
Memorial University of Newfoundland
The University of New Brunswick
L’Université du Québec à Montréal
Heritage Canada & Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
Surrey, British Columbia
Data considered from 4 classes (1997) to 400 classes (2007-8)
Studies have indicated that students who are exposed to a period of intensive 2nd language study show greater progress than students exposed to the same number of hours of instruction spread out over a longer time period (Lightbown and Spada, 1989).
• development of French literacy skills
• enhancement of English literacy skills
• no negative effect on other subjects
Personal Development period of intensive 2nd language study
Solving problems Testing hypotheses Analyzing
General Knowledge and skills
General knowledge and skills
• contribute thoughts, ideas and experiences to discussions, and ask questions to clarify their ideas and those of their peers (Lang. Arts)
• engage in, respond to and evaluate oral presentations (Lang. Arts)
• use a range of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading and presentation strategies (Lang. Arts)
• interpret graphs, tables, photos and various types of maps (Social St.)
• apply solutions to a technical problem (Science)
(language structures are used and reused in authentic situations so that language use becomes automatic)
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“Intensive French is a way that we can become bilingual faster and it won’t seem like work.”
“ At first I was scared to start Intensive French. After just two weeks I saw that it was Ok to make mistakes and that people could still understand me. Now I like speaking French in front of people.”
“This course is fun. Sometimes I forget that I am really learning. I wish they could make the other courses Intensive too!”
“In the Intensive French Course we have a chance to speak to a lot of different visitors to our class. I talked to them in French and they understood me. That made me more confident to use my French and get more practice. Doing Intensive French made me want to do even more French.”