ABOUT THE LRES FRENCH PROGRAM
For those who are new to LRES, our French program is part of the World Language in Elementary Schools (WLES) program. This model for early foreign-language learning offers instruction for short periods of time on a frequent basis. The goal is to familiarize the students with a basic knowledge of French by focusing initially on listening and speaking skills. As these skills develop, we focus on reading and writing skills. The classes are conducted in French, with an emphasis on using the language in context, rather than practicing grammar drills.
In French class, we reinforce the curriculum objectives taught in the regular classrooms. For example, when first graders learn about geometric shapes with their classroom teachers, they will learn the names for these shapes in French. When third graders learn their multiplication facts, they will be reinforcing these skills by playing multiplication games in French class.
French at LRES is not a graded subject. We also (usually) do not give homework. We use informal assessments to determine how your child is learning and to guide our teaching.
Bienvenue à tout le monde! (Welcome, everyone!)
We are very excited to begin another successful year in French! The 2016-2017 school year will be the 17th year of the LRES French program. We are excited to welcome Madame Wilson-Bahun to the French team.
Our French program will continue to include first through fifth grades. French classes will meet two to three times a week. First- and second-grade French classes will be taught by Madame Wilson-Bahun. Third- through fifth-grade French classes will be taught by Madame Rigot. All classes will meet for between 30 and 45 minutes every other day.
We are looking forward to introducing new students to the French language and culture, and to challenging our returning students to take their language skills further.
We will begin the year for our first graders by introducing basic greetings, numbers 1 to 10, colors, as well as learning all about the calendar and weather in French. In second through fifth grades, we will spend the first six to eight weeks reviewing and expanding on vocabulary learned from the previous year.
We thank you, the parents, for the opportunity to teach your children. Their eagerness to learn brings excitement and energy to our program. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail with any questions or comments.
À la prochaine (Until the next time),
-Madame Rigot et Madame Wilson-Bahun