Elementary FSL

This area has 3 sections:

Expert Voices  |  Core and Intensive French  |  French Immersion and Extended French

 

Expert Voices

Mercédès Gagnon

Manager, School Programs and Standards Unit, Field Services Branch

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Susan Forrester

Education Officer, French as a Second Language, School Programs and Standards Unit, Field Services Branch

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System Leaders

System Leaders from Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

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Instructional Coach, Secondary FSL

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Core and Intensive French

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Junior Core French – Grade 6

Two students provide a model for the interactive oral activity before the teacher guides the class in the co-creation of success criteria. Students are encouraged to take risks and use a variety of strategies to express themselves, using French only. Intermediate students demonstrate the effective use of technology to review oral proficiency. The teacher comments that her teaching and assessment practices have been influenced by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – a tool that promotes the development of relevant, interactive communication skills.

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Intermediate Core French – Grades 7 and 8

Establishment of a respectful and supportive classroom environment in which students are encouraged to take risks is a key factor in promoting student engagement. Scaffolding, modelling, explicit teaching of learning strategies and metacognitive skills, embedded in a program that provides a variety of opportunities to practise oral interactions contribute to the development of oral proficiency.

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Junior Intensive French – Grade 5; Intermediate Post Intensive French – Grade 8

The Intensive French program is offered in Grade 5, providing French literacy instruction for 75% of the day for five months. Careful scaffolding of learning opportunities, the gradual release of responsibility, and authentic topics contribute to student engagement and the development of proficiency in French. Students in Post-Intensive French develop skills in authentic communication through a literacy-based program.

French Immersion and Extended French

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Primary Early French Immersion – Grades 1 and 2

Modelling, clear expectations, encouragement, and ample opportunities for oral interaction help primary students build a strong oral foundation.

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Junior Early French Immersion – Grade 4

Students are developing skills in spontaneous oral interaction as they apply higher-order thinking skills to deepen their understanding of global social issues.

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Intermediate Early French Immersion – Grades 7 and 8

In the two classes in this video, students are developing proficiency in spontaneous oral interaction while applying higher-order thinking skills as they explore and debate topics related to technology and gender stereotypes.

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Junior Middle French Immersion – Grade 6

Students are working in groups to discuss and evaluate information about cyber-bullying. Creating a supportive classroom environment encourages students to use French to express their opinions.

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Intermediate Middle French Immersion – Grade 7

Students are working in groups to discuss and evaluate information about composting. Integration of French across the curriculum, explicit teaching of learning strategies, establishing a culture of mutual respect and flexible groupings, contribute to student engagement and the development of oral proficiency.

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Junior Extended French – Grades 4 and 5

Carefully scaffolded learning opportunities and the provision of visual supports enable students to work successfully in small groups. Through the establishment of a supportive classroom environment, students are encouraged to take risks. French language skills are developed through authentic tasks and grammatical concepts are taught in context.

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Junior-Intermediate Extended French – Grades 6 and 7

Action-oriented tasks engage students in the learning process and grammatical concepts are taught in context. Explicit teaching of learning strategies and co-construction of success criteria develops learner autonomy.