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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

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

How To Use ClassDojo In Core French

If you’ve been reading my blog for a little bit, you know that I raved about how much ClassDojo did for my classroom last year. It made such an amazing difference in my classroom that my entire view on rewarding and encouaging a classroom changed, and I’ve found it a struggle to switch back to life B.CD. (Before ClassDojo). So I’ve decided why mess with something that works? Continue reading How To Use ClassDojo In Core French

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.

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