French

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Our trip to France June 2014

 

 Margaret Kohler, mkohler@montessoritoledo.org

 

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French at home!

French Kindergarten students enjoyed the nice spring weather recently, playing the game, Quelle heure est-il, Monsieur Crocodile? It’s like “What Time is it, Mr. Fox,” except the fox is a crocodile, and it’s way more fun getting tagged by a crocodile!

The game is all in French. The students shout the question, then the crocodile says what time it is. The kids take that many steps, counting each step in French. When it’s midnight (MINUIT!!) the students have to run past Mr. Croc without getting tagged.

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Kindergarten families and friends are invited to join us Friday, May 13 at 12:45 for songs and games with Kindergarten French, during World Language Week. Also feel free to visit other levels of French and Spanish May 9-13 to see their learning. The full schedule of classes is available here.

I’m talking about their play, Comment y aller? (How do we get there?)! This week, the class started designing and constructing a car, train, boat and one other mystery transport for their performance World Language Week.

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All the French classes are getting ready for World Language Week, where they will share their learning with friends and family.  Here are 3rd level Goldfinch students practicing their play, Les trois petits cochons (The Three Little Pigs.)

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Speaking along with a video helps build fluency.

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Students highlight their lines in the text.

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Be expressive! (No problem!)

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Le loup frappe à la porte — The wolf knocks on the door.

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Please join us to celebrate World Language during the week of May 9-13!  It’s a week-long open house in our World Language classes, where family and friends are invited to attend classes and presentations at all levels. Come and see what we’re doing and learning!

World Language Week 2016 day-by-day schedule

oui je parle françaisExciting news! This year, all French classes from first grade through eighth grade are speaking only French in class!

Our curriculum, called AIM, proposes that students learn best when they speak only in the target language. All the words we use are “comprehensible,” meaning students should understand every word spoken. Students don’t just quietly listen — they actively speak throughout the class period, including speaking along with the teacher!

So, whether 1st level is talking about cutting and coloring their puppets, or 8th level is talking about the difference between actions and descriptions in the past tense, French is our language of communication. C’est fantastique!

We hope you’ll come see us in action during World Language Week, May 9-13. More news coming soon!  Merci!