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….
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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….
Joanne Jenkins, BC MOE
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?
People search
Es t -c e q u e t u….?
A: Est - ce que
Nom
tu aimes
......aimes
B: Oui, j'aime la
____ _ ____ _ ___ _ _ _
la pizza ?
la pizza ?
…ai m e s la pi z za?
pizza .
ou
B: Non, je n’aime pas la
pizza.
A: Merc i.
B: De rien .
.... aimes l
e choco lat?
.... aimes l
e basketball?
...... ai m es l’art?
Kelly Burt, SFU
Pause-café
 Please be back at 2:30.
 Merci!
Pam Haynes, SD#42
Timma Blain, SD#57
Here’s
What!
So What?
Now What?
Time for reflection and planning
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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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