BONNE ANNEE 2nd grade French students and families!
DECEMBER/JANUARY update, (N.B. 4 hours of Rosetta Stone is due January 30, 2018, with a start date of December 20, 2017)
We have been working on adjectives, including gender and singular/plural agreements or endings. The students learned a song for Hanukkah, and are now learning a fun "rap" song about adjectives (https://youtu.be/V98BvCQrVeM). They will need to memorize the whole song, verses and chorus. You will see them perform the song later in the year.
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER UPDATE (N.B. 6 hours of Rosetta Stone due December 19 at 11:59 p.m., since November1 ) We have continued to review numbers, and used that practice to talk about how old we are and when our birthdays are. To review the months in French, we sang them to the tune of "Oh my darling Clementine". We also have been using two verbs in one phrase to ask and answer the question "What do you like to do on your birthday?". While I traveled to France with the 8th grade students, the 2nd graders enjoyed working on languagenut.com, watching a language-learning DVD about a girl in France celebrating her birthday together with her family, and reading the classic French children's story of Babar the Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff. SEPTEMBER UPDATE (N.B. 4 hours of Rosetta Stone due Tuesday October 3 at 11:59 p.m., since September 5) It has been fun getting to know the wonderful students in the 2nd grade French class. We have learned two verses of a Bonjour song (https://youtu.be/atNkI6QFZ50) and rediscovered a Days if the Week song they learned in Kindergarten (https://youtu.be/atNkI6QFZ50). We have been using the latter as we talk about the date. Each day we start the class by talking about the date for that day, for the day before and the next day. In this way they are getting early experience in using the past and future tenses, and is an example of how, in World Language class we often revisit previously learned material, but digging a little deeper each year. Another focus has been on reviewing classroom commands, and for a Friday treat, we also started using the British language learning course, MUZZY. I hope your children are serenading you at home with their French songs. INTRODUCTION LETTER I am writing to introduce myself as your child’s French teacher for the 2017/18 school year. I am delighted to be teaching 2nd grade French and look forward to getting to know your child, as we explore the beautiful French language and culture. This is my thirteenth year as a French teacher and the World Language Coordinator at LaSalle. British by birth, I lived, studied, and worked in the United Kingdom, France (14 years), Washington D.C., and Wisconsin, prior to arriving at LaSalle. My two eldest children were born in France and raised bilingually, attending French public schools. It is a joy to be working in a school where languages are at the core of the curriculum. Please return the French class Contact Information sheet as soon as possible, being sure to circle your preferred means of communication. I look forward to learning about your child on this form. You can also indicate how you would like to help with French class enrichment activities, and should sign at the bottom of the page to let me know that you understand the how to access the school website to check homework assignments (n/a for 2nd grade students) and the Rosetta Stone deadlines. I will establish a group email list for quick class updates based on this contact information. We will be using on-line resources and teacher-developed materials. The class will be mostly oral-based and taught in French. Please tell your child not to worry that they will not understand everything...that is normal and to be expected. Each day they will understand a little more. I will use lots of pictures, gestures and routines to help them comprehend. Students will have a French folder and notebook to keep a record of all the songs and mini-conversations that we learn in class. I will send these home periodically so that you can see what we have been learning. Please do NOT ask the students to read the work in the notebooks to you, since French pronunciation is very different to English pronunciation and we do not want to complicate their learning to read in English. However, they will probably be able to use the picture prompts to sing the songs from memory. I will use the school website and email updates to send you links to the songs we learn in class so that you can listen to them and sing along at home. Toward the end of the school year, we will invite you to attend a class performance. You will be amazed how much they learn in one year, and how they acquire perfect accents. Rosetta Stone Requirement: Students are expected to complete 60 minutes per week of online French practice using Rosetta Stone. Parents will need to sit with their child to complete this work during the primary grades to help them navigate the program. Up to half the required online practice can be completed on Linguascope or Languagenut, but this does require parents documenting this practice according to the instructions on the Linguascope/Languagenut Log Card which will be distributed in class. We hope you enjoy learning (or relearning) the language alongside your child, but we do ask that you do not use your child’s license for your own personal learning since the students' independent online practice grade is based on how much time they spend interacting with the program. If you wish to buy your own Rosetta Stone license, parent licenses are available for $50. Please ask for a Rosetta Stone form in the office. I look forward to meeting you at the Curriculum Night, September 19, during which you will receive more information regarding the curriculum and grading. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Bridget VEITCH (firstname.lastname@example.org)