MYP French Language Acquisition - Grade 6

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Summary:
Welcome to 2019-2020 French Language Acquisition! 
 
Language is a key factor in the development of international understanding and, as such, has an important role at ISB. I will encourage my students to appreciate French language, its culture and tradition together with implementing fun and meaningful projects, activities, and the new teaching ideas.
 
This year our goal is to continue building a good foundation of vocabulary and grammar, and to systematically develop all language skills-speaking, reading and writing, in order to achieve A1/A2.1 level of Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues (CECR). Students will always be encouraged to think critically and take risks when expressing themselves, as the acquisition of a new language is a process that takes time and involves making mistakes as the part of this process. The main goal is to enable students to use language to communicate real meanings.
 
Teaching and learning in the chosen language acquisition course is organized into six phases. These phases represent a developmental continuum of additional language learning. Depending on their prior additional language learning experiences, students may start their language acquisition course in any phase of the continuum and may exit from any phase on the continuum. 
Units and topics:
 
Unit 1- Bonjour, c’est moi! 
  • Sharing information about themselves
  • Nationalities and countries 
  • Giving geographic and cultural information
  • Creating posters
  • The present tense and prepositions
Unit 3- Moi, je suis comme ça
  • Describing a person 
  • Personal styles 
  • The past tense
  • Listening comprehension
 
Unit 2- Mon collège et ma maison 
  • Vocabulary used to describe school and home
  • Regular and irregular verbs  
  • Sentence structure with linking words
  • After-school activities 
  • Hours, school subjects 
  • Reading comprehension
Unit 4- En ville 
  • Shops and urban environment 
  • Phrases in everyday communication
  • Restaurants and ordering food 
 
Aims:
The aims of the teaching and learning of MYP language acquisition are to: 
  • gain proficiency in an additional language while supporting maintenance of their mother tongue and cultural heritage 
  • develop a respect for, and understanding of, diverse linguistic and cultural heritages 
  • develop the student’s communication skills necessary for further language learning, and for study, work and leisure in a range of authentic contexts and for a variety of audiences and purposes 
  • enable the student to develop multiliteracy skills through the use of a range of learning tools, such as multimedia, in the various modes of communication 
  • enable the student to develop an appreciation of a variety of literary and non-literary texts and to develop critical and creative techniques for comprehension and construction of meaning 
  • enable the student to recognize and use language as a vehicle of thought, reflection, self-expression and learning in other subjects, and as a tool for enhancing literacy 
  • enable the student to understand the nature of language and the process of language learning, which comprises the integration of linguistic, cultural and social components 
  • offer insight into the cultural characteristics of the communities where the language is spoken
  • encourage an awareness and understanding of the perspectives of people from own and other cultures, leading to involvement and action in own and other communities 
  • foster curiosity, inquiry and a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, language learning. 
Assessment criteria:
Assessment for is criterion-related, based on four equally weighted assessment criteria:
 
Assessment Criteria
As appropriate to the phase, the student is expected to be able to:
A
Comprehending spoken and visual text
  • listen for specific purposes and respond to show understanding
  • interpret visual text that is presented with spoken text
  • engage with the text by supporting opinion and personal response with evidence and examples from the text.
B
Comprehending written and visual text
  • read for specific purposes and respond to show understanding
  • interpret visual text that is presented with written text
  • engage with the text by supporting opinion and personal response with evidence and examples from the text.
C
Communicating in response to spoken, written and visual text
  • interact and communicate in various situation
  • express thoughts, feelings, ideas, opinions and information in spoken and written form
  • speak and write for specific purposes.
D
Using language in spoken and written form
  • organize thoughts, feelings, ideas, opinions and information in spoken and written form
  • develop accuracy when speaking and writing in the target language.
Required materials:
  • Charged laptop
  • A4 notebook with lined pages. This notebook must be used just for French class 
  • A4 folder
  • A pencil case with supplies necessary for class (sharpened pencil(s), eraser, pen, highlighters…)
  • Agenda
  • Provided by ISB: Textbook (Decibel 2) and Workbook (Vocabulaire Progressif du Français - Débutant)
How to be successful:
  • Be PROMPT to class every day.
  • Be PREPARED by having all of your supplies with you when you walk through the door
  • Be POLITE to your classmates, to the teacher, and respect the classroom and its supplies.
  • Have a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE and you will succeed.
  • PARTICIPATE in the target language.
  • PRODUCE your best work and stay on task. 
  • Focus on your progress and the learning.

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