The French Department offers a French first-language program for all students. Right at the start of Elementary School, our students are taught communication skills through the acquisition of vocabulary and syntactic mechanisms of the language. To make learning more meaningful, we favour the use of didactic approaches that are most likely to pique our students’ curiosity and keep them motivated.
In addition to teaching communication skills, our objective is also to train our students to acquire knowledge from different disciplines, thus combining and strengthening two objectives. In other words, students able to communicate in French are better able to understand content from specific subjects in that language. In turn, knowledge of various subjects facilitates the acquisition of communication skills.
We believe in the development of every aspect of a child’s personality. We provide learning and evaluation scenarios in which students must not only engage in a number of cognitive activities, but also practice such traits and behaviours such as open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity and effort. This approach is used to teach such subjects including Geography, History and Citizenship Education as well as Ethics and Religious Culture.
Our Science classes are a special place where students are provided with opportunities to explore, discover and ask questions. Our Robotics Program for Cycles II and III has proven to be a powerful and enjoyable tool to teach scientific and technical concepts.
Another method we use to teach French is through art education, using both visual and dramatic arts. We strongly believe that exposure to artistic and literary works enhances students’ lexical knowledge and improves the quality of their expression. Furthermore, early exposure to art allows students to develop a strong culture and position themselves as creators and consumers of cultural goods. We proudly share what our students have learned in art classes by inviting the entire school community to art exhibits and theatrical productions.
Learning another language expands cultural borders. Students are exposed to other cultural markers and in turn discover the similarities and differences between their culture and those of others. In addition, they develop an even better understanding of the characteristics of their own cultural identities.