This program offers motivated students aged 8-12 a unique opportunity to develop their conversational skills in French and consolidate their knowledge of the material taught in Core French at school. Instructors are native speakers, fully trained, with a thorough understanding of the communicative approach.
Please note that Core French Training sessions are offered as part of our after-school program on a daily basis. However, students who are not enrolled in the after-school program may also join these classes separately.
Our primary goal is to help students develop their oral proficiency (listening and speaking skills). Therefore our sessions are 95% oral and put the emphasis on the acquisition of verbs and verbal structures, oral vocabulary building with visual supports (posters, flashcards, etc.), pattern drills or short question-answer interactions (authentic or role-playing). Students gradually train their ears to pronunciation and intonation and learn how respond to simple questions using basic vocabulary, high-frequency verbs and verbal structures.
Our 30-minute sessions are designed to maximize opportunities for every student to speak and communicate in French during the session. We guarantee a low student-teacher ratio of 1:6 in every class and provide quality learning resources designed to trigger and sustain short interactions on a wide range of themes and everyday life situations.
The program also trains students 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): students are gradually taught how 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. Our program is currently offered at 2 levels.
To a large extent the success of our program depends a lot on students' motivation and willingness to develop their oral skills in French. Therefore all participants are required to comply with basic guidelines for the sessions to be as effective as possible.
Ma Classe French Learning
204-1092 Islington Ave - Toronto
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