Ma Classe French Learning

French Immersion

Our proven, well-balanced program will accompany students throughout their early French Immersion years and ensure they build up solid language foundations and enjoy long-term academic progress.

FI support & monitoring

Component 1: vocabulary building

Successful vocabulary building and consolidation is based on systematic memorization with visual cue cards and regular review.

  1. Vocabulary presentation (verbal): all words are presented in a contextual sentence and first read from a visual cue card (or a bilingual cue card for advanced students) to ensure better retention. Particular attention is given to noun gender – first explicitly, and then implicitly by the constant use of the right article (le/la or un/une).

  2. Repetition (verbal): student repeats the words several times along with the teacher to adopt the right pronunciation from the start.

  3. Active memorization (verbal): once the student has become familiar with most of the vocabulary featured in a particular unit the instructor ensures the student remembers at least 8 words out of 10 over a few sessions by teaching him memorization techniques and playing memory games.

  4. Follow-up work (written): students use dedicated vocabulary worksheets to consolidate their knowledge at home. For earlier grades, the teacher will cover high-frequency vocabulary on a wide range of topics before moving on to more specific vocabulary.

Component 2: Literacy skills development (GB+)

This component is based on the GB+ Beauchemin graded readers and allows students to gradually develop their reading and writing skills in a structured way. The instructor encourages systematic memorization of new words and provides clarification of the grammar or conjugation tenses featured in each story. Depending on your child’s grade and after a short evaluation, the instructor will suggest a level to start from.

A typical session unfolds as follows:

  1. Reading and unraveling: as they go through a new text together, student and instructor identify unknown vocabulary and unfamiliar structures. Instructor keeps track of recurrent errors in pronunciation and measures progress accomplished from one booklet to the other (10 minutes)

  2. Guided writing (based on Ma Classe® QA sheets): after discussing the story, the instructor explainS how to answer simple questions using proper, well-formed sentences, corrects errors as they occur and clarify grammar points as needed.

  3. Reading and pronunciation: as the student gets familiar with the material, he or she is encouraged to read out loud again the story to practice pronunciation.

It is essential your child should have a good understanding of the vocabulary, structures and language concepts identified in a series of readers before moving on to the next level.

Component 3: Verbs and conjugation

Verbs represent a key component for students in French Immersion from early grades. The verb system in French being complex and in many respects quite different from the English verb system, it is perceived as tricky to teach by teachers in French Immersion programs and often generates the most errors and confusion for young learners.

This component helps FI students familiarize themselves gradually with the main verb patterns, high-frequency verbs, modals and auxiliary verbs through regular practice and simple explanations. The teacher will put the emphasis on key notions such as the infinitive vs. conjugated form, the identification of the root / ending in the conjugation process, pronominal vs. non-pronominal verbs, basic tenses (présent, passé composé, futur proche, futur simple) and the imperative mood.

The instructor will always use simple, plain language to introduce new concepts and will only present students with a short selection of helpful ‘technical’ tool-terms.

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