Pourquoi apprendre le français?

whylearnlanguage

Grade 5/6 researched, thought about and talked about why it’s bon to learn a language. Here’s what they came up with:

–          understand culture

–          have fun

–          good for travel

–          can speak to new people

–          helps get a job

–          new opportunities

–          education: helps with English and maths and further studies

–          change your perceptions of the world

For an example of how learning languages helps us explore the world, have you ever thought about how we express sounds? Check out all the ways humans try to sound like dogs, in this picture by James Chapman:

worldwide woofs

For more information about languages learning, click here. Or specifically about French, click here.

Can you think of any other reasons languages are good to learn? What languages have you learnt? What are some of the ways languages are involved in your life? 

Joyeuses Pâques

In our first lesson back, Preps, Grade 1&2 and Grade 3&4 were learning about les Pâques (Easter) in France.

We practiced saying Joyeuses Pâques (Happy Easter) to each other.

We looked at the different chocolats délicieux that French people eat at Easter.

We listened to a story about how, as well as the Easter bunny, flying cloches (bells) bring chocolates to French children on Easter morning.

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How did you celebrate les Pâques? Do you know of any more Easter traditions like the flying cloches?

Les monstres de Grade 5&6

Grade 5&6 have been drawing and describing monstres. We’ve used number, colour and body part vocabulary to write French sentences about our monstres. We then (messily) made playdough using a French recipe and modelled our monstres. Everyone’s creations were incroyables!

Voilà nos monstres:

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Voilà a few example sentences:

Jacob: Il s’appelle Regarder et Crier. Il a six petits yeux rouges.

Chiara : Elle a cheveux rouges et un nez vert. Elle s’appelle grand rouge.

Josh : Il a deux yeux bleus de faiseau de laser. Il a des cheveux du feu.

Jake : Il s’appelle Manticore. Il a deux jambes orange. Il a une petite tête jaune mais sauvage.

What do you think? Do you know how to say monster in any other languages?

Ainsi font font font

Ainsi font font font est une comptine française classique sur les marionnettes. Les Preps et Grade 1&2 aiment la chanter et faire les actions.

Ainsi font font font is a classic French nursery rhyme about puppets. The Preps and Grade 1&2s like singing it and doing the actions.

On a fait des marionettes. Voici des exemples magnifiques.

We made some puppets. Here are some magnificent examples.

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Aimez-vous la chanson? Pourquoi ? Savez-vous des chansons anglaises sur les marionnettes ?

Do you like the song? Why? Do you know any English songs about puppets?

Jacques Tati

Les Grade 3&4 aiment les aventures de Jacques Tati, comédien français. Ses films sont amusants et nous montrent la belle France!

The Grade 3&4s like the adventures of Jacques Tati, a French comedian. His films are funny and show us beautiful France!

Ici il est facteur qui distribue à vélo.

Here he’s a postman delivering by bike.

Ici on voit un appartement incroyable à Paris.

Here we see an incredible apartment in Paris.

Que pensez-vous? Quel moment aimez-vous le plus?

What do you think? Which moment do you like best?

La Journee Francais Photographs

Some wonderful photos from our magnifique La Journee Francais. Thanks to Jali Kuyateh for a wonderful Kora perfomance, and Thais for the African dancing and drumming. Some wonderful masks were created by Sofie and Kyle. Coby and Sarah-Cait participated enthusiastically in the drumming, and Hamish really got into the dancing. Ceanna and Isabel sang beautifully, and Tess created a wonderful wood house for our play. Clayton and Shay were great readers for our French performance of ‘Les Trois Petits Cochons’. Merci to everyone who helped out and got involved!

Journee Francaise le 22 Aout! French Day on the 22 August!

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Bonjour tout le monde!

Don’t forget to wear your bleu, blanc et rouge for French Day on Thursday the 22 August. The theme for this day is to celebrate many French themes, including the connection that France has with Africa. We are lucky to have Jali Kuyateh playing the Kora and telling us a little about his instrument, then we will be making Animal masks, learning some African drumming and dances, and practising some French songs and a play.

The morning will culminate at recess when we will enjoy some performances and celebrate our learnings (and perhaps eat some French and African food too!)

Parents  are welcome to help and participate too- we’d love to see you then!

A bientot