Unit Title: La Vie Scholaire
Key Concepts: Culture, Audience, Context
Global Context: Orientation in space and time
Statement of Inquiry: How School is Similar or Different in Different Francophone Countries?
Factual: How can I express my needs in a classroom setting? How can I use French in situations related to school?
I usually express my needs by asking people beside me or the teacher. We can ask them to clarify or explain things when we don’t understand something. I can use French when I want to ask some basic questions to people who live in a country that speaks french. Although it might not be that fluid, I hope they can still understand a bit.
Conceptual: The organisation of our school and our curriculum is influenced by the socio-ecnomic and cultural background of your community
I think the organisation of our school is defiantly somehow influenced by our culture or things beside us because sometimes we have small field trips and researches about our local Hong Kong so our lessons definitely has to do something with our culture.
Debatable: What’s the perfect school system?
In general, there’s no really perfect school system but in my opinion, our perfect school system is like it fits every single student in the school and we also can learn from these courses.
This is our third unit in French which is about school. We learned school vocabulary and how to describe our school. I didn’t do really well in my summative writing because I didn’t meet the criterion for the language part because I didn’t write all the needs.
Global Context: Identities and Relationship
Statement of Inquiry: Our family and the people around us contribute to our own individual identity
ATLs: Communication, Time management, Organisation, Being Resourceful
For unit 2, we did a oral presentation as an evaluation. We need to make a presentation with a talking in French. We are assessed on Criteria C and D. For communication, we need to have the fluidity when we speak. For time management, we need to meet the due date of the presentation. For me, meeting the timeline is easy because I have a fully prepared script and slideshow. For organisation, we need to meet all the requirements such as using at least 4 adjectives, making the I got an eight for Criteria C which is communication. I got a good score because I met all the requirements the teacher set. Some of the requirements are reaching 2 minutes minimum for your script, having all the adjectives and verbs required, etc. If you reach all the requirements, you can easily get an eight. For Criteria D, I got a six. In my opinion, I think I got a six because my pronunciation is not as good. Although I used google translate to learn the pronunciation, I still can’t remember the pronunciation. The reason why is I didn’t listen to it a lot of times so I can’t remember it clearly. If I’m going to do this again, I think I listen to it thoroughly so I can have a good memory of the words. Another reason why I didn’t get a perfect score is because I didn’t use a variety of sentence structure and grammar. I started most of my sentences with he and she, so I didn’t have a lot of difference between paragraphs. If I’m going to do the summative again, I will use the sentences and phrases I learned from the presentation I made, listening carefully to the pronunciation, or if I am not sure about my sentence structure, I can just go to extra help to have more information.
Parlez Vous Français:
Statement of Inquiry:
The connection between the mother tongue and other languages enables people to develop skills and knowledge in language and acquired new languages.
How can I use my knowledge of English to learn French?
I can use my English grammar skills to translate the French I know to English as a result to make a proper French sentence. I can also think of an English a want to express and use my knowledge for French to form a sentence. Also, when I do reading or listening activities, I will translate French into English in my brain. If you have good vocabulary and grammar in English, forming a proper French sentence or paragraph won’t be that hard.
How can languages link to one another?
Languages link to one another with their pronunciation. For example, you can use your knowledge of pronunciation in English to say the most letters in French, at least you can guess the sound of the sentence using English. Another example is when you learn Mandarin, if you have learned Cantonese before, you will know most of the pronunciation of characters. Languages link to each other also by grammar. For example, you use “he is” in English, so in French, you also use “he is” except that it is in a different language.
Does learning a new language make my mother tongue stronger?
Yes, learning a new language makes your mother tongue stronger because when you first learn a new language, you will always need to translate the new phrase into a language that you are familiar with. This can make your familiar language be deeper in your mind.
I have been learning French for two months and I known a brand new language for me. Through out those two months, I learned how to speak some basic French. I think French class is really fun because I can learn something I have learned before. I explored new knowledge. I like French because it is fun to pronounce some really weird and new French words. It it so fun to learn a new language and the different cultures of this country. I hope I can have more fun through out the year by learning French!