Comment t’appelles-tu? Quel âge as-tu? Qu’est-ce que c’est? These are some of the questions the Renaissance students are able to ask and answer in French class. Since the beginning of the school year we have learned or reviewed vocabulary related to our classroom, Halloween, clothing and food – including singing the blessing in French before snacks and lunches. Children can name all the colors and count to 20 in the younger grades, to millions for the oldest. Songs, physical activities, and board games with scripted dialogues are all part of the French curriculum to encourage speaking and fluency.
Fifth grade has been exchanging letters with their former classmate, Charlotte Lamer, who moved to Paris this summer with her family. The on-going correspondence has motivated them to write in French as they keep her up-to-date with what is going on at the Renaissance School.
We are currently learning about the body and there is nothing like a game of twister to make students want to speak French. There is no being shy about speaking a foreign language when you have the chance to twist your classmates into knots.
I enjoy watching all the children gain confidence in addressing me in French. They never fail to say “bonjour” whenever our paths cross, at school or around town. And I love to hear their stories of how they got to use French in Montreal.
Bonne Année 2016 to all,