Activity # 15
to teach French Immersion
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When French immersion teachers are looking for new ways to develop
their students' language skills, they can draw on the educational
resources available through SNN's French counterpart, Rédaction
The RDR web site features French versions of all the classroom
resources and lesson plans that appear in SNN's In the Classroom
Here are a few ideas
you can use in your classroom:
1. Use activities from RDR's Dans la salle
French Immersion teachers can take the projects and
assignments from RDR's Dans la salle de classe section and tailor
them to the language skills of their students. That could mean
using lessons plans and activities that are slightly below the
students' current grade level since they are primarily designed
for francophone students.
For example, the exercise that asks students to interview
their family members may be appropriate for a Grade Two student
whose first language is French. However, an immersion student
may not be ready for that activity until Grade 5. Since many
parents of French immersion students do not themselves speak
French, the student may have to conduct the interview in English
and translate the responses into French. Or the questionnaire
can be adapted so the students can interview each other in French.
2. Translating stories
students at the junior high and high school level could test
their comprehension of French by translating stories in an edition
of RDR from French to English.
Teachers could select a story from a section of RDR and ask
the class to translate the text, preserving the tone and context.
Then, the class could examine their translations and explore
the nuances of the two languages and the differences in the way
they interpreted the material.
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