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French Immersion

We have designed a proven, well-balanced program to accompany students throughout their early French Immersion years and ensure they build up solid language foundations and enjoy long-term academic progress.

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Component 1: Vocabulary building (ELI or Maclassereg;)

Successful vocabulary building and consolidation is based on systematic memorization with visual cue cards and regular review.

  1. Vocabulary presentation (verbal): all words are presented in a contextual sentence and read from a visual cue card (bilingual for advanced students) to ensure better retention. Particular attention is given to noun gender –first explicitly then with the constant use of the right article (le/la or un/une).

  2. Repetition (verbal): the student repeats the words several times along with the teacher to adopt the right pronunciation from the start.

  3. Active memorization (verbal): once the student has become familiar with most of the vocabulary the instructor ensures student retains most of the 10-12 vocabulary presented during the session by teaching him memorization techniques and playing memory games.

  4. Follow-up work (written): students will use the dedicated Maclasse® word sheets to consolidate their knowledge at home. For earlier grades, the teacher will cover high-frequency vocabulary on a wide range of topics before moving on to more specific vocabulary.

Component 2: Literacy skills development (GB+)

Based on the GB+ Beauchemin graduated readers, this component will allow students to gradually develop their reading and writing skills in a structured manner. The program encourages systematic memorization of new words and clarification of grammar or conjugation tenses involved in each story. Depending on your child’s grade and after a short evaluation, the instructor will suggest a level to start from.

A typical session unfolds as follows:

  1. Reading and unraveling: as they go through a new text together, student and instructor identify unknown vocabulary and unfamiliar structures. Instructor keeps track of recurrent errors in pronunciation and measures progress accomplished from one booklet to the other (10 minutes)

  2. Reading and unraveling: as they go through a new text together, student and instructor identify unknown vocabulary and unfamiliar structures. Instructor keeps track of recurrent errors in pronunciation and measures progress accomplished from one booklet to the other (10 minutes)

  3. Guided writing (based on Ma Classe® Questions and Answers sheets): after discussing the story, the instructor shows student how to answer simple questions with proper sentences and corrects errors as they occur or clarify grammar points as needed.

  4. Reading and pronunciation: as the student gets familiar with the material, he or she is encouraged to read out loud again the story to practice pronunciation.

It is essential your child should have a good understanding of the vocabulary, structures and language concepts identified in a series of readers before moving on to the next level.

Component 3: Verbs and conjugation

Verbs represent a key component for students in French Immersion from early grades. The verb system in French being complex and to a large extent different from the English verb system, it is perceived as tricky to teach by teachers in French Immersion programs and often generates the most errors and difficulties for young learners.

This component will help FI students familiarize themselves gradually with the main verb patterns, high-frequency verbs, modals and auxiliary verbs through regular practice and simple explanations. The teacher will put the emphasis on key notions such as the infinitive vs. conjugated form, the identification of the root / ending in the conjugation process, pronominal vs. non-pronominal verbs, basic tenses (présent, passé composé, future proche, futur simple) and the imperative mood.

The instructor will use simple, plain language to introduce new concepts and only a small selection of helpful ‘technical’ tool-terms to explain how verbs work in French.

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