Notes to parents

How can I support my child at home if I don’t speak French?
This is a question I often receive. I would recommend getting the DVD, especially for the lower grades. Students should be spending two or three nights of ten to fifteen minutes per week.

  • There is a section where the story we are studying is told using the actions that we study. Have your child turn off the volume and recite the play. Parents can print out the script and read along.
  • Keep track of which sections are currently being studied and do the same thing with the vocabulary lists.
  • Download the audio mp3s of the vocabulary lists and play on your iPhones, iPads, etc.
  • Get them to teach you the words that they are learning.

 

Here is what a teacher new to the AIM program thought about AIM:

– It teaches the French language in the same way that we learn our native tongue. Starting with Teacher lead oral activities with repetition so that students get to hear how the language sounds and gives them opportunity to practise those sounds in a safe environment.
– Gestures are used to convey meaning of the words being said and gives context to these sounds being repeated.
– Fluency in the language is much more achieveable as the words and meanings are practised in context
– Reading skills are then developed through dramatization of familiar stories (e.g. The Three Little Pigs) where the sounds and gestures previously used are further contextualized.
– Writing is then introduced after mastery of the story is completed through comprehension questions, finding the proper word, illustrating sentences etc.In short, I find this program to be very effective and beneficial to helping students achieve fluency in French while enjoying the subject as a live, useful tool in everyday life.

French-Only Rule

 

All students will give their best effort at speaking French in class at all times.  Only French is to be spoken during classes unless students are giving the definition of a word/expression to the class.  In order to immerse students in the French language, no English is to be spoken. If speaking in English is a persistent problem for some students, they will be asked to meet regularly with me after school to work on their oral proficiency.  If there is an urgent question that is needed to be asked, students may ask in English either before or after class, or after school.

 

Retests

 

All students have the opportunity to take retests if they are not satisfied with the mark that they received.  An average of the two test marks will be counted.  All students who receive a failing mark (50% or lower) must take a retest. Please sign up with Mr. Lai if you need to take one.

 Thematic Statement :

Languages are a gift from God.  They allow us to communicate with others and gain an understanding of different cultures.  By learning French, students have the opportunity to marvel at how God equips us to express the same ideas in another language.  This opens the door to another culture and can broaden the students’ perspective of God’s world.  Through learning French from Grades 1-5 at Richmond Christian School, it is expected that students gain a sense of importance and value of learning a second language.  It is the hope that, both now and in the future, students will be prepared to communicate with others in French and will have opportunities to serve God in many ways using their language skill.

Overview of the Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM):

Students at Richmond Christian School are taught French using the Accelerative Integrated Method.  AIM has proven to be a revolutionary new approach to second language instruction.  It is based upon the use of specifically designed stories and music for the teaching of French.  The vocabulary that is taught in this method has been carefully selected as essential vocabulary for students during the initial stages of their language learning.  Another component of AIM is the Gesture Approach which is a technique that uses hand signs to help students learn and remember the vocabulary found in the stories, songs, and other activities.  Each word is associated with a gesture so that the language is represented visually and kinesthetically.  The AIM is an ideal language learning program, as it has an equal, strong emphasis on the development of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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