Grade 4 Big Ideas:
Students develop their French through Accelerative Integrated Methodology
(AIM), which uses gestures, storytelling, song and roleplaying to learn the meaning of high-frequency words in context. In grade 4, students study the stories "Trois Petits Cochons" and "Comment y Aller," which incorporate speaking, reading, writing and listening, with each story building on the skills and vocabulary learned in previous levels.
As well as using AIM in the classroom, students learn to retell a story verbally and in writing, count to 100, describe clothing, and express ordinal numbers (first, second, etc.) Students continue to learn a variety of verbs and become familiar with some verb conjugations.Grade 5
The grade 5 curriculum continues to use AIM
to learn and review vocabulary associated with the stories “Les Animaux du Bayou” and “Louis La Grenouille.” Through the use of story, students ask and answer simple questions and describe familiar features. Students learn to take risks and challenge their oral and written skills, in the context of the story, in a supportive environment, and are encouraged to interact with their teacher and peers in French whenever possible.
Students continue to further their French comprehension using the AIM
stories “Veux-Tu Aller au Carnaval?” and “Un Frère Pénible.” They develop a keen awareness of Canadian francophone culture and learn to describe common elements of cultural festivities and celebrations. Students are encouraged to demonstrate and communicate their learning in a variety of ways using technology and tools such as Apple iMovie project, pictures, posters, props and other digital media. Grade 7
Big Ideas: In French 7, students study increasingly complex stories, such as "Le Chandail de Hockey" and "L’arbre Ungali," to build capacity in French in all five competency areas: speaking, interacting, reading, writing and listening. By focusing on strategies, such as using cognates and context clues, students learn to derive meaning from new language situations, and work toward mastery of basic skills and automaticity to communicate effectively. In addition, students learn about Francophone and Métis communities in Canada and around the globe. Students have the option to write the DELF language exam at Alliance Francaise.