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French as a Second Language

The  philosophy of the acquisition of a second language in the FSL program at the RRDSB focuses on:

  • an action-oriented approach
  • functional language
  • spontaneous conversation
  • authentic communication
  • an "I can" attitude
  • student centered activities

FSL students are learning French based on the guidelines of the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR) which promotes language acquisition.

Rainy River District FSL Brochure

What is the CEFR?

The CEFR is an internationally recognized proficiency scale for the acquisition of a second language which is the basis for the new Ontario French curriculum.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Competence Levels

There are six levels of proficiency:

A1, A2 - Basic user (elementary and secondary core & elementary immersion)

B1, B2 - Independent user (late secondary core and secondary immersion students)

C1, C2 - Proficient user 

CEFR sample "I can statements"

Second Language learners develop skills in the following five areas:

  • listening
  • understanding when reading
  • spoken interaction (spontaneous)
  • spoken production (prepared speech)
  • writing

One of the resources used primarily in the Elementary panel is the AIM program.

The other is the CIEP which allows students to practice for the DELF/DALF  (Diplôme d'études en langue française/Diplôme approfondi de langue française)

What is AIM?

AIM (Accelerated Integrated Method) is an effective resource for teaching French. It uses gestures, music, dance, drama, and stories to help students learn to communicate in a new language. AIM works well with a variety of learning styles, engaging students in an action-oriented classroom.

The Rainy River District School Board began using AIM at the Elementary level in September of 2007.

Festival du Voyageur - 2014

Parent InformationFSL Homework Help

"I don't know any/enough French. What can I do to help my child/children in French?" - If you are a parent saying this, then check out some of the ideas offered on these pages.

38 ways for parents to help their children succeed in French - An article with some simple ideas to help. Click (.pdf format) (.doc format) or (web page). Click here for some other ways to help.

Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) - Click on "For Parents" ~ There are FAQs and links for helping your children learn French.

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