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Core French Training

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.

Oral Communication

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.

Building bilingual skills

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.

Two levels offered

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.

CFT-1 (Gr.3-4)

  • suitable for full beginners (from Grade 3) or students with a limited knowledge of French (up to Grade 5)
  • thematic approach: sessions focus on a specific theme and vocabulary is practiced using visual cue cards or scenari boards
  • vocabulary words are always practiced in context: e.g. with the word "chien" - "Qu'est-ce que c'est? - C'est un chien."
  • vocabulary units are associated with a basic language function (e.g. the theme of “colours” is coupled with the function “asking about/stating one’s favourite colour”)

CFT-2 (Gr.5-6)

  • suitable for Grade 5-7 students
  • students have a fairly good knowledge of basic vocabulary and oral structures on a variety of topics and can comprehend and respond to basic questions in very simple situations (school environment, personal preferences, family and relatives, everyday routine, etc.)
  • puts the emphasis on language functions or language needs (e.g. expressing a will, a need, a preference, inquiring about direction, giving advice, etc.) as opposed to a purely thematic approach
  • activities include more elaborated interactions based on more complex communicative scenarios, simulations and role-playing, as students gradually gain increased autonomy and confidence with their oral skills

CFT-3 (Gr.7-8)

  • suitable for Grade 7-8 students
  • more specific vocabulary is introduced (health & environment, electronics, cultural aspects of the French speaking world, etc.)
  • systematic practice of the basic tenses futur proche, present, passe compose and passe recent

Student involvement & responsibilities

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.

  • Our students are mature enough to understand the benefits of coming to class once or several times a week
  • They understand and accept the class format and basic rules of behaviour during the language class
  • They understand the learning goals stated at the start of each session (e.g. “today we will review/practice how to express likes and dislikes...” or “at the end of this class, you should be able to inquire and answer about...”) and can also measure their progress
  • They are willing to interact as much as possible and as directed by the instructor during the session. They are willing to take risks and understand the fact that making errors is a natural part of the learning process
  • They commit to completing the worksheets handed out after each session in a timely fashion. Using online audio resources is optional yet highly recommended as they help them consolidate their knowledge and pronunciation of the material taught in class

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