IMG_0614Read our September French Newsletter to learn all about the Core French program at Northlake Woods. Please sign the note in the planner to indicate you have read through the information in the newsletter.

Classroom Guidelines – behaviour, listening skills, and character development

Course Outline – required materials, extra help, what to do when you are done

Inquiry and Research – learn how to research and cite your sources effectively

Information Ethics – inquiry, research, critical thinking, digital literacy

Check daily homework here.

Student Work – Check out examples of projects that we have been working on during French class.

Extra Help

Mme G. is available every day at first nutrition break in Rm. 20.

Get help right away if you…
• have been or will be absent
• are having difficulty with a concept or skill
• want some extra time to complete homework
• need extra review before a test
Come for one-to-one assistance or bring a friend. No appointment is needed.


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In a Core French program, vocabulary acquisition is always a challenge. Therefore, ten minutes each night during the week, spent particularly on verbs & vocabulary, is recommended.

HOMEwork is usually work not completed during class time.  When work is consistently incomplete, the students miss valuable practice, affecting skill acquisition and development.  Students are expected to practise written exercises during class time referring to notes, examples, models, and instructions.  They must take ownership for their learning by working co-operatively with others to complete tasks and asking questions for clarification when needed. Copies of written exercises and answer sheets will be posted on the French wiki for extra home practice. A detailed reference book (“Keeper book”) has been carefully put together since Gr. 4 and should be consulted when completing written activities.

French activities are completed during class time with opportunities to ask questions both of peers and the teacher.  During this practice time, students must ensure that they are listening carefully, staying on task, and practising with numerous repetitions. Remember: Practise to make it easier!

PROJECTS:  Projects are expected on the due date given.  Check for this date in the planner. Ample class time is always given with opportunities to ask questions and have work checked.

ABSENCE:  When classes are missed, students are responsible for catching up.  Help is available from the teacher, a homework partner, or our school website ( Click on the Staff Directory and follow the T. Giannopoulos link to my website. Here you will find links to my French and Music wikis as well as many other useful links and resources.

Communication will take place through the student planner.  Notes regarding progress or behavioural issues will be stamped or written here.  Your signature beside these notes indicates that the issue has been discussed.  When the student has made poor choices, a detention after school may be the result.  Your support in the optimum use of the planner ensures that you are aware of progress before reports.

Upon return and correction, assessed materials (tests, quizzes, assignments) will be placed in the student’s French folder at school and the mark will be recorded at the back of the planner.  (Ask your child to show you the special section used for test results and please check regularly.)  If you would like to see the actual test, please write a note in the planner and I will send the folder home. Folders will be sent home near the end of each term so that parents are well-informed about progress before report cards.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.