Mount Edward and Brookhouse Elementary Schools

Classroom Plan for Communicating Student Learning

Academic year: 2015-2016

Core French

 

 

 

 Introduction: School is a place where strong relationships exist between all members of its community. Students, staff and parents play an active role in our day to day school life.  Parents feel that there is a strong communication link between home and school and that the school works together to create a partnership in the education of their children.

 

            Bonjour et soyez la bienvenue ! My name is Gilles Boudreau and I am the Grades 4-6 French teacher. I am looking forward to an exciting and productive year working with you and your child.

 

            Success across the Core French curriculum hinges on active class participation. During a typical 30 minute class, students must observe, listen, and speak using the sentence structures modeled during each lesson.  Students learn to express themselves using authentic, conversational phrases and questions related to daily experiences. Oral practice and participation are a vital component of our daily class work.  Therefore please encourage your child to take risks.  Please help them understand that it is ok to make mistakes and effort is the key!

  

    The instructional approach incorporates: listening, speaking, reading and writing. For example, students begin by learning how to orally express a meaningful, question or idea. Then they learn to read what they are able to say. This is then followed by a written component where students learn to write what they are able to say using a guided writing model. Finally students demonstrate their ability to read what they have written.     

 

          Each topic is related to everyday experiences and some themes last about 4 weeks.  Students participate in communicative activities in a large group setting as well as with partners, where they question one another to develop effective language skills. Games, activities and a variety of visual aids help stimulate interest and the use of the language.

 

            There are 4 indicators in the Core French program:

                        Communication, Culture, General Language Strategies and Language (listening, speaking, reading and writing)

The following are examples of some of the outcomes we will work on in Grades 4-6

 

Communication

            The student shall:

·           Take risks and express oneself in French

·                                 Be able to share personal tastes, preferences, interests and feelings in French

·                                 Ask for and give information using simple sentences

·                                 Ask for and give simple directions in French

·                                 Participate in a variety of simple interactive activities in French

·                                 Pick out relevant details of a simple oral or written text

Culture:
The student shall:

·         Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of francophone cultures and compare them to their own culture.

·                                 Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of Canada’s multicultural reality.

General Language Strategies:
The student shall:

·         Self-correct

·                                 Plan and organize oral and written work using strategies studied and practiced in class

·                                 Learn to adapt messages according to the intended audience

Language:
The student shall:

·         Recognize vocabulary, structures, and expressions related to the theme of study and daily classroom routines

·                                 Use vocabulary, structures, and expressions related to the theme of study and daily classroom routines.  

 

Assessment Practices:

Assessment is a varied and ongoing process. Department of Education requires the Core French program at the elementary level to be 80% listening and speaking and 20% reading and writing. The assessment will take place in the classroom and be based on oral conversation and production as well as teacher observation.  Appropriate daily participation in class enhances student confidence and will ultimately lead to an increased level of success.

 

 

Assessment strategies which may be used in the Core French class are as follows:   Informal and formal observations, daily work samples, presentations and skits using rubrics, projects, quizzes, conferences and self assessment.    

 

Communication - Anytime you would like to contact me to discuss an issue that may impact your child’s learning or emotional well-being, please leave a message with the school secretary and I will return your call as quickly as possible.  The quickest form of communication for me is by e-mail. Please drop me a message at: gboudreau@hrsb.ca and I will contact you as soon as I can.

 

Homework- Expectations:  As mentioned above, active participation during class time is essential and is the key to their success.  (Three strategies -  look, listen, actively participate.)  Students are encouraged to complete written work and daily activities in class. There is no daily written homework as such. However, to achieve proficiency, homework entails practicing their pronunciation or words and introducing expressions to family members and friends. Over the course of the year, I will send a list of websites and games to help students practice terms, expressions and concepts taught. 

 

Classroom Code of Conduct: (created in collaboration with students)

  1. Ici on parle français    - ("Here in class, we speak French" It is to be the only language used during instruction )
  2. On doit respecter les autres(We respect others. materials, personal space, etc)
  3. Pour apprendre le français il faut – regarder, écouter et participer activement   (To learn french we must, look, listen and actively participate.)

 

Curriculum outcomes – The department of Education has developed a learning outcome framework for each curriculum area. It consists of a series of curriculum statements describing what knowledge, skills and latitudes students are to demonstrate as a result of their cumulative learning experiences. Parents who wish to access the Department of Education Framework documents may do so visiting the website at :  http://www.ednet.ns.ca/pdfdocs/outcomes/by_grade/grades_p-6.pdf

           

 Your interest and support in nurturing positive attitudes and good work habits are certainly beneficial to your child’s overall progress. Thanks in advance for your support and interest!     

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                            Sincerely,

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                          Gilles Boudreau

                                                                                                                                                                     gboudreau@hrsb.ca