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Intensive French Immersion Course

Objective of the course

Taking place the week before school begins (August 22-26, 2016), the course is intended to acclimatize students to learning in French after a summer spent forgetting the language.

The course will review concepts seen in the previous grade and introduce students to French ideas and vocabulary they will learn in the coming year. The focus is primarily on communication but basic grammatical notions will also be reviewed.

Design of the course

The Intensive French Immersion Course at FrancoZone Camp is built on the Alberta Program of Studies and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (abbreviated as CEFR) and the DELF exam (diplôme d’études en langue française), an internationally recognized exam that French Immersion students in Alberta may take in grade 12.

Breakdown of time spent on each subject area

Conversational French: 80% of the week

Writing and grammar: 10% of the week

Reading: 10% of the week

The 80-20 breakdown follows research from Newfoundland that shows an emphasis on communication greatly increases second-language acquisitions skills. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (abbreviated as CEFR) and Calgary Public and Catholic boards are also moving towards a more communicative approach to second-language learning.

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