French

Grade 4 
Big Ideas: Students develop their French through AIM (Accelerated Integrative Method), which uses gestures to help communicate the meaning of high frequency words.  This engaging contextual method allows students to learn the language by studying a play; in grade 4, students study "Trois Petits Cochons" and "Comment y Aller." AIM incorporates speaking, reading, writing and listening, and each play builds 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, to count to 100, to describe clothing, and to express ordinal numbers (first, second, etc.) Students continue to learn a variety of verbs and become familiar with some verb conjugations.

Grade 5 
Big Ideas: The grade 5 curriculum continues to use AIM (Accelerated Integrative Method) to review and learn new vocabulary associated with the stories “Les Animaux du Bayou” and “Louis La Grenouille.” Through the use of story, students learn to ask and answer simple questions and to 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.

Grade 6 
Big Ideas: Students continue to further their French comprehension using the AIM (Accelerated Integrative Method) stories “Veux-Tu Aller au Carnaval?” and “Un Frère Pénible.” In developing a keen awareness of francophone culture in Canada, students 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 assignments.

Grade 7 
Big Ideas: In French 7, students study increasingly complex stories, such as "Le Chandail de Hockey" and "L’arbre Ungali" to build proficiency and communicative capacity in French in all five competency areas: speaking, interacting, reading, writing and listening. In focusing on strategies, such as using cognates and context clues, students learn to derive meaning of new language situations, and work toward mastery of basic skills and automaticity to communicate more effectively and efficiently. 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. 
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