Our School - French

French - Madame Laurence Kuntz

At Glengarry Primary School, we believe that the learning of a Language Other Than English will enhance the development of students as individuals and also as members of the wider community of multi-cultural Australia. The students will develop a deeper understanding of their own language and gain a more meaningful understanding of the similarities and differences between different cultures and languages.

Most of the communication during French lessons takes place as oral language. We hold conversations, sing songs, listen to authentic language, watch videos, conduct oral surveys, read books, take part in role plays, play games and encourage talking in French during most of the lesson by both teacher and students.

At Glengarry Primary School all students get the opportunity to learn French from Year 3 to 6.

In Year 3, the focus is on listening to the special sounds of the French language. Rhymes, songs and oral games are a great way to develop a phonological awareness of French. The technology available allows lessons to be engaging and student-centred.

In Year 4, the students gain fluency and conversational skills, by creating small dialogues and acting them out in front of the class. They also work collaboratively on vocabulary based projects.

In Year 5 and 6, the students develop an understanding of the opportunities a second language can offer. By reading and listening to French, they can access new knowledge and experiences. Geography, Music and History are some of the topics we explore in our cross-curricular activities.

Students in Year 5 and 6 are also provided with a Language Perfect subscription. This powerful online learning platform gives them instant feedback on their progress as well as the chance to participate in Australia or world-wide competitions.