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Form 3: A message from the French Teachers

September 2014
Dear Form 3 Parent(s),
Our names are Peter Labancz and Guillaume Dupré and we are delighted to be your son’s French Teachers.
We would like to provide you with information about the Form 3 French program this year.
The goal of the French program is to foster a positive attitude towards French language instruction and to meet students’ needs and learning styles by providing an open, dynamic, energetic and constantly evolving balanced program.
Research tells us that boys benefit from kinesthetic learning. One aspect of the Form 3 French program is called Histoires en action! It is based on stories and music presented in the form of plays and activities that help to foster and develop students’ confidence and competence in French.
The Total Physical Response methodology is an essential component for boys learning a second language. The Gestures Approach uses hand signs in conjunction with spoken words to convey meaning. This helps to accelerate learning because signs are natural and pass directly to meaning for effective comprehension and acquisition through the use of high frequency and functional vocabulary. Students use their auditory, visual, kinaesthetic and critical thinking skills to learn and use the language.
Your son will also work on his oral, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing skills through regular activities, lessons and projects linked to his PYP Units of Inquiry. A reading comprehension program using a reader and a variety of texts will develop his written responses from words to sentences to paragraphs. Listening Comprehension will be enhanced through the study of a French Video series entitled Rémi sans famille.
In Form 3, no regular homework will be assigned. However, your son would benefit from the review of words and gestures within the plays allowing him to be able to recognize and use gestures and association words in class. Before the end of September, your son will bring home the word list for the play L’arbre Ungali. He will use the DVD he still has from last year (blue one, “Histoires en action! #1). If your son is new to UCC, he will be lent a copy of the Histoires en action! DVD, on which the gestured vocabulary and the play are recorded. Please keep these materials at home. Your son is encouraged to regularly practice doing and saying each gesture exactly as on the DVD, as well as to make sure he remembers the meaning of the words. Please note that all DVDs will be collected in June.
In order to do well in French, your son is encouraged to:
– Participate actively and only speak French in class
– Learn the words and gestures covered in class
– Work cooperatively in small groups
– Enthusiastically participate in songs and games
– Seek help when needed
Mr. Labancz will be available for extra help Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 am to 8:30 am. His class is located on the second floor of the Parkin Building (P245)
Mr. Dupré will be available for extra help on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 8:30 am. His office is next to the Conference room in the Parkin Building.
We look forward to a fun and rewarding year with your son.

Kind Regards,

Peter Labancz
(416)488-1125 x 4013
plabancz@ucc.on.ca

Guillaume Dupré
(416)488-1125 x 4017
gdupre@ucc.on.ca