Students are continuing to review vocabulary learned over the last month and are developing a nice French accent when speaking aloud! We learned our numbers from 1 to 31 (which I've attached below), and had some practice this week with writing them. We also started work on learning the days of the week so we can start saying the date during class. We learned a new song for remembering them which I've also attached below. We learned that the days of the week in French should not start with a capital letter. Next week we'll start learning the months of the year!
This week students continued to practice how to respond to comment ça va or "how are you?" Grade 4's learned about 20 different vocabulary words in order to respond and then practiced with multiple partners. A new requirement for students asking to use the washroom or get a drink will be asking en francais (in French). So students were taught these two phrases as well. Finally, we started learning the numbers from 0-10. Next week, we will be doing lots of number practice using numbers up to 20. In Grade 4, we will learn all the numbers from 0-69!
In FSL 4, students have been learning about how to introduced themselves in French, tell the date and ask to go to the washroom. Students can answer the question: Comment ça va? (How are you?) with four different responses. Every day students are asked the question: "Quel est la date aujourd'hui?" (What is the date today?) To answer this question effectively they have been learning numbers from 1 ~ 20 and the days of the week through regular, intentional conversation practice and singing songs. Grade 4 student agendas have the days of the week and names of the months in both English and in French within them. The following handout was distributed in class. Listed is vocabulary about days of the week, months and numbers:
Students continued to practice and improve in the vocabulary they were taught last week. They learned how to ask to go to the bathroom and get a drink “a la francais!” Students also learned how to say 0 to 20 in French. We practiced orally, and listened to a great song to help them master their numbers (which I've attached below).
French is off to a great start already! Students started learning basic greetings like bonjour and salut as well as how to introduce yourself and say how they are doing. Students were very keen to practice speaking French with their peers. I encouraged students to not be scared to practice speaking as everyone is starting from the same place and the more we speak and practice the better our understanding and accent will become. In French, students will spend lots of time speaking as well as writing new French vocabulary.
Students were very excited to start learning a new language this week! They learned and practiced many new phrases like: Bonjour!; Bienvenu!; Comment t’appelles-tu?; Je m’appelle; Comment ca va?; Ca va bien; Comme ci, Comme ca; Ca va mal; Je suis un garcon; Je suis une fille and Au revoir!--ask your child to translate their meaning. We also learned a catchy new song called “Bonjour mes amies!” Students are encouraged to participate actively during class as this will help them pick up the language quicker as well as develop their French accents.
The Grade 4 French teachers are:
Laura Mills (4B & 4E)
Janice Jagger (4A & 4D)
Greg Brewer (4C & 4F)
Websites to practice your language skills:
French Language Games
BBC Primary Languages: French
Crickweb Interactive French Games