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Form 7 French program information

Dear Form 7 parents,

Our language students have different backgrounds, knowledge and skills. We respond to their needs in Forms 6 and 7 by offering a three-level program: Core French, Advanced French and Extended French. Each level presents the students with challenging and varied content. The goal is to progress comfortably to reach the students’ potential, keeping in mind that they have different learning styles and progress at different paces. For instance, some students may understand and be able to use a grammatical concept the first time. Others may need more time to learn it and apply it consistently well. Students also receive individualized teaching based on their learning profile at each level.

One important expectation of the course is that the students use French all the time to communicate with each other and with us. Here are the other expectations, derived from our learner profile:

Ponctuel
– Be on time and quiet in the halls and as you enter the class.

Poli
– Raise your hand if you’d like to speak.
– Only one person talks at a time.
– Listen actively.
– Respect yourself, others, the environment and belongings.

Responsable
– Bring necessary materials: computer, well-organized binder and books required for each class.
– Use your agenda to write down homework.
– Complete your assignments with care by making sure everything you hand in is neat and thoroughly checked for spelling and grammatical accuracy. In presenting his work, your son is in effect declaring: this is my own work. I have done my best.
– Talk to your French teacher if you need assistance.

Students will work through a diagnostic review unit during which we will assess your son’s current knowledge and skills and make sure he is in the appropriate group over the next few weeks. If necessary, we’ll move him to another group after having consulted with you. Please note that the cost of the French resources distributed in class will be charged to his account.

Your son is expected to do some homework for every class and it’ll take him approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete it. If homework is taking longer than 20 minutes, please ask your son to stop and to see his French teacher the next morning. Homework won’t be assigned over the weekend. Students must take responsibility to prepare thoroughly for all assessments. Reviewing work on a daily basis and ensuring understanding of new concepts is also important.

A variety of methods will be used when assessing student work, including comments, quizzes, projects, unit tests, self and peer assessment, personal reflections, oral presentations, assignments and teacher observation. As well, student/teacher interviews and conferences will take place on an ongoing basis during class time.

Student achievements will be evaluated in the following areas:
35% Oral expression
15% Listening comprehension
25% Reading comprehension
25% Written expression

Students requiring extra help will be able to see their teachers at regular times before and after school. This extra-help time may also be used to finish homework that a student may have had problems with the previous evening. It’s also the student’s responsibility to check in with his teacher about missed classes or when he knows he’ll be away.

We believe in the importance of communication. At the Form 7 level, your son’s French teacher will communicate directly with him about his assignments, his progress and any areas of improvement on a continuous basis. If there are any concerns, his teacher will also contact you and his form adviser. Please feel free to contact your son’s French teacher at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Your support and interest are appreciated. With this commitment, we feel confident that your son will enrich his vocabulary and language skills, and take risks to improve his communicative competence.

Merci.

Daniel Bendavid – 7CLP and 7GMF Advanced French
dbendavid@ucc.on.ca

Martin Cloutier – 7CLP and 7GMF Extended French
mcloutier@ucc.on.ca

Peter Labancz – 7CL and 7GF Core French
plabancz@ucc.on.ca

Tina Lo (Head of the French Department) – 7FM Core French
tlo@ucc.on.ca

Jill Stewart – 7PL Core French
jstewart@ucc.on.ca