This program offers motivated students aged 8-13 a unique opportunity to develop their conversational skills and consolidate their knowledge of the material taught in the Core French school curriculum. Instructors are native speakers, fully trained, with a thorough understanding of the communicative approach.
Please note that Core French Training classes take place on Saturdays and are also offered at this Islington office in one-on-one format.
Our primary goal is to help Core French students develop oral proficiency (listening and speaking skills). Our sessions are 95% oral and put the emphasis on the acquisition of verbs and verbal structures and vocabulary building. We make extensive use of visual supports (posters, flashcards, etc.) and a variety of activities (role plays, simulations, mock interviews, etc) to practice speech and conversation.
Our 30-minute or 45-minute sessions are designed to maximize opportunities for every student to speak and communicate in French. We guarantee a low student-teacher ratio of 1:5 in every class and provide quality learning resources designed to cover curriculum material on a wide range of themes and day-to-day life situations.
The program also trains students on how to build quick connections between English and French to increase their ability to switch from one language to the other in a bilingual perspective. The instructor regularly points out similarities or differences in syntax, morphology, pronunciation and resorts to a variety of ressources to enhance linguistic awareness in both languages (e.g. English/French flashcards): gradually, students are able to identify and make proper use of “equivalencies” in syntax and thus avoid clumsy word-to-word translation when speaking.
Our syllabus aligns to the Ontario curriculum from Grade 4 to 8 and deals with themes and topics relevant to students’ interests and level of maturity. As of September 2019, our program will be offered at 3 levels.
To a large extent the success of our program a lot on students' motivation and interest in developing their French skills. Therefore all participants are required to comply with basic guidelines for the sessions to unfold as effectively as possible.
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