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Bonjour!  This is the web page for students in 7C (French Immersion) and 7D, 7E, 7F and 7G at Westheights Public School

Welcome to my web page! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me before and after school at: 519-744-3549.   You can leave me a voicemail at:  519-570-8019, ext. 77726660.  Please subscribe to this website for notifications when I post new information.  Just fill in the “subscribe” field at the bottom of the page!

I will leave regular messages about what is happening in class, upcoming assignments, etc. on the “News” page.  Assignment information will be posted on your child’s Google Classroom account.  Ask them to show it to you!  I will also ask students to use their planners (paper or electronic) to keep track of due dates and other important information.

My school email is Carrie_Murphy@wrdsb.ca. I will respond to your messages as soon as I can.

Working on French at home:
Students are getting a lot of class time to work on assignments before they are due, and will only be allowed to take assignments home to complete under exceptional circumstances. Your child should never be using Google Translate or other similar sites to help them put their ideas into French. If they have written an entire text in English, then trying to translate it into French, they are giving themselves a lot of extra work. I would never recommend this, and I won’t mark it. Ask them to try and work in French as much as they can, using the model I have given for the assignment (models and assignment outlines can usually be downloaded from your child’s Google classroom account), plus their vocabulary list and other worksheets from the unit. Then, for the translating of occasional words and phrases, they may use an English-French dictionary, or try:
Word Reference.  It gives the word they are looking for with context, so they know exactly which word to choose.

Another good site to try is:  Linguee.  It is a search engine that finds bilingual websites that contain the expression you are looking for, and displays the English and its French equivalent.

Still having trouble? Translating is difficult and I never encourage students to translate whole sentences.  They don’t know if they’re using the correct words, they won’t understand it after it’s been translated, and their classmates (the target audience) won’t understand it either.  Bring it in to me the next day during class and at break. I’m happy to help and show ways to simplify what students want to say to make it easier to express in French.  I would rather see work handed in late and well done than on time and poorly translated.

How are French marks calculated?
There are 4 marks on the report card for French, reflecting your child’s achievement in 4 areas, or strands: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each mark is based on student’s performance on work that is completed in class. Speaking and listening performance tasks, include activities like answering questions, dialogues, presentations and listening evaluations. Reading marks are determined using reading comprehension exercises, and read-aloud assessments. Writing marks are based on writing tests and assignments. The new curriculum advises teachers to focus on oral communication (Listening and speaking), as well as developing strategies to help communicate in and understand French.