Tag Archives: Copper Cliff Public School

Mon dictionnaire personnel

Every day, my students in the Grade 5/6 class, and my students in the Grade 4 class, and I do something we call “Comment ça va ?” This is what I do when I’m setting up my computer to the smart board, so that we don’t have any down time from when I walk in, we’re practicing conversation, and, as an added bonus, I get a pretty good pulse on what’s going on in their lives that day. It’s a way to connect with them, and for many of my students, it’s the part that they look most forward to in our 30 minute lesson. After they’ve said “Bien,” or “Mal,” or “Comme ci, comme ça,” depending on how they are feeling, they will then either say what’s going on in French, or if they can’t say the full thing in French, they will tell me in English, and then we will repeat what they said in French. I began noticing that they were asking me a lot of the same words over and over, like birthday, or weekend.

So, we’ve decided to be proactive about it. Continue reading Mon dictionnaire personnel

Legends

While looking for something engaging to teach my intermediate students, I stumbled to find a great set of resources that teach kids about traditional Canadian legends (Aboriginal, French Canadian, etc.). They have all of the educational value that you would imagine: they’re great for listening activities, as there are videos that tell the story of the legend while showing engaging images; they’re great for short, simple comprehension questions, with examples such as True of False and rearranging the statements in the order that they appear in the text; and drama activities, that ask the students to recreate the video they see in a drama skit. Continue reading Legends

Celebrating the Olympics

Every four years, our country celebrates the Winter Olympics like mad. It’s a little tougher, given the time zone difference, but it’s one that will be exciting, anyway. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get the kids involved, while still learning in French. And so, three-way task: reading comprehension, writing, and presenting. Continue reading Celebrating the Olympics

Teaching Kids To Read a Second Language

Last week, I had my first really big ‘a-ha!’ moment. As a group, we learned to read. And we did this by understanding Les mots amis.

Les mots amis are, in a basic translation, Word Friends. A mot ami is a word in French that you recognize as being incredibly similar to an English word. So similar, in fact, that you can figure out the French word based on the definition that you know of the word in English. So, to try and figure out the texts that we were reading, we broke them up in chunks, and paragraphs. Just a little bit at a time. We read a text that had to do with Remembrance Day – a big text, that I’ve actually used before in French Immersion. We then spent time, breaking down paragraph by paragraph, and highlighted all of the words that were familiar to us. Something like what you see below:

In green, words that are familiar to the students are highlighted. In yellow, "Word Friends" are highlighted.
In green, words that are familiar to the students are highlighted. In yellow, “Word Friends” are highlighted.

Continue reading Teaching Kids To Read a Second Language