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French & The Arts

Bonjour les parents!

My name is Mme. Swift and I am your child(ren)’s French teacher this year at SJD.  I am so happy to be here in Wawa and look forward this academic “année”.  I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about the French programs this year.

In the primary grades, a combination of whole group instruction and the “AIM” program will be used.  Our whole group instructions will help students acquire linguistic knowledge which will be done through a variety of activities such as rhymes, songs, picture stories, role playing, and games. The “AIM” program is based upon the use of stories and music for the teaching of French. Specifically designed stories that are written in the form of plays become the focus for a range of motivating language activities that help students develop confidence and competence in the language.

In the junior and intermediate grades the “Echo Pro” program will be used.  This program is an activity based Core French program. Through its student-centered approach to second language learning, “Echo Pro” is intended to foster in the student a positive attitude towards the learning of French.  The Units are designed to develop a wide range of essential skills in French as a second language, as well as an appreciation of French culture. Through a variety of activities, students will be given the opportunity to develop a basic, usable command of the French language in several areas. The themes also encourage self-expression, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, understanding of the self and others, and, ultimately, independence through learning.

The best way that you, as a parent, can support your child with French is by having a positive attitude towards the learning of a second language. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.

Class Schedule

Will be posted shortly.