Grade 7 – Internal exam preparation

Le jardin des Tuileries

Le jardin des Tuileries

Essential information

Your French internal examination is on Thursday May 5. It will be testing your reading comprehension skills and your writing skills on our current topic “Amusons-nous!”.

You will be expected to read several texts for understanding and in your writing task you will need to show how well you can plan leisure activities for a weekend.

How can you prepare yourselves?

a) Practice your reading comprehension skills with two texts in your online textbooks

Click on the Book Pages tab and select Chapter 6.

  1. Select the Lisons section on pages 188-189 and read all sections 1 to 4 of the text entitled Parcs d’attractions. You can then complete all activities from A to E in your cahier électronique.
  2. Select the Mise en pratique section on pages 194-195 and complete exercise 1 in your cahier électronique.

b) Practice your writing skills with your online textbooks

Select the Mise en pratique section on pages 194-195 and complete exercise 4 in your cahier électronique.

c) Review all grammar and vocabulary

  1. Review all your notes in your handouts on chapter 6 and make sure you are able to:
    1. Ask what a friend is planning to do
    2. Tell what you are going to do
    3. Say you have no particular plans
    4. Express future plans with the verb ALLER
    5. Use time frames appropriately
    6. Remember the names for leisure activities and their corresponding places
  2. Test yourselves on all of the above online:

Click on the Review and Assess to the right of Book Pages and practice the “Self-test” activities in the navigation bar on the left. You can do activities 1(a, b, c) to 4.

3. Further practice online

Practice your vocabulary online with Conjuguemos French vocab : in ALLEZ-VIENS 1, go to section 20, Chapitre 6-1 Amusons-nous!

You can review

  • with flashcards that you can download and cut up to test yourselves. Just click on the Flashcards link.
  • with the vocabulary list that you can also download and copy in your vocabulary notebooks to practice your spelling. Just click on the List of words link.
  • doing the online activity and time yourselves. Just click on Chapitre 6-1: Amusons-nous!

Pas de panique!

Remember that the texts you will be reading should be appropriate to your level of proficiency. You will not be expected to understand every single word in the texts but you will have to use various reading strategies to decode the texts quickly and understand their meanings. You will be looking for

  • context cues such as information from pictures or from sentences surrounding the unknown words
  • headings, subtitles
  • superscript numbers referring to a vocabulary list at the bottom of the page
  • cognates

You are encouraged to see me if you have any questions regarding your preparation.

 Bon courage!

Grade 7 – Bienvenue à la classe 2015-2016!

C'est la rentrée!

Bonjour la classe! Très bonne année scolaire à tous!

On explore Québec !

Québec city, one of the oldest cities in North America, is the location for our first unit this year: “Sports et passe-temps”. Let’s explore this city and find out what is special about it and why it is such a great place for sports.

You will research on “la ville de Québec” and its surroundings with the help of this Google doc. Make sure you make a copy and share it with me before you start your research.

Since the official languages in Canada are English and French, you will be able to navigate the sites you will be visiting in both languages. Try to write as much French as you can!

Allez-y!

Grade 7 – Notre voyage à Paris

Photo Maeda

Photo Maeda

From Monday June 8 until Monday June 15, you will work with your designated partners on your presentations entitled “Notre voyage à Paris”, based on the sights of Paris and the leisure activities you will have selected for a weekend trip in the French capital.

Task 

After researching on what to see and what to do in Paris, you will present your trip using either a video format or Google Earth: you will give a virtual tour of your planned weekend visit with an audio commentary in French.

In order to complete your task successfully you will need to follow these steps:

1. Research the monuments and sights of Paris illustrated on your planning sheets: identify them and then look for information on the Internet. This is a good starting point to get acquainted with the major sights of Paris; however, you may not restrict your search to these and review other sights such as the places mentioned in “Mise en Train” on page 170 and find even more details in “Mise en Pratique” on page 194 in your online texts.

2. On your planning sheets, you will then make a final list of six places of interest and decide what you are going to do there. Write full sentences using the future form with ALLER.

3. Include leisure activities with trips to the following:

  1. au cinéma, au théâtre, à l’opéra, à la patinoire, au stade
  2. au café ou au restaurant.

4. Write the whole script of your virtual visit so as to record it in a seamless fashion. Both partners should contribute to the audio commentary.

5. Record your virtual tour over images you will have selected for each place of interest and make sure you mention your sources.

6. Share your finished products with your teacher or send a copy of your products on Monday June 15.

Required elements

1.  Your trip should be a weekend trip. It should include an itinerary.

2.  On your planning sheets, under the section “Arrange your ideas chronologically”, you will arrange the order of your visit by adding time frames such as days, times of the day and times. Plan your activities as realistically as possible with leisure activities within reasonable distance of the monuments and at times that are suitable. You will need to mention time frames for both sightseeing and leisure activities. (Review “Note de grammaire” pg.173)

3.   Mention a minimum of 6 different sights:

a.   Say where you will go and what you will do.

b.   Give some background information on the sights.

c.   Say where you will eat and what foods and/or drinks you will have.

4.   Mention a number of leisure activities:

a.   Say where you will go and what activities you will do.

5.   Say with whom you are going to go and use the pronoun “on” to describe what both your partner and you are going to do.

6.   Use connecting words such as: et, mais, d’abord (first), ensuite(next), après (afterwards), et après ça (and after that),enfin/finalement (finally).

Recommendations:

  • Make sure all required elements are included
  • Organize the activities in a logical order based on the itinerary you created.
  • Review how to express future ideas, using “Je vais…” or “Nous allons…”
  • Choose appropriate images. Your images should also be of a certain size; do not use images that are of a too low resolution, as they become pixelated when enlarged.
  • Do not include too much text, only keywords or headings in a big enough font if you are using a PowerPoint/Keynote format for your video.
  • Include a bibliography, citing all sources used.
  • Check the document “Visite virtuelle de Paris” if you need help with Google Earth.

Presentation :

  • Make sure your presentation will be delivered smoothly. Practice beforehand to ensure a good synchronization of your speech with your visuals.
  • Your speech will need to be convincing and your voice should be loud enough. Read from your script with good intonation. Your audience will soon find your presentation uninteresting if you do not show enthusiasm.
  • Make sure you use vocabulary and expressions that everyone knows. Unknown vocabulary should be explained to your audience before your presentation if necessary.

 Timeline:

  • Research and plan: 2 lessons
  • Image search and script writing: 2 lessons
  • Audio recording and video or Google Earth completion: 2 lessons.

Bonne visite!

Grade 7 – Preparing for your French internal exam

 

As mentioned earlier, this year’s French internal examination will be based on our topic “On va au café?”

Here is how you can prepare yourselves to avoid undue stress:

1) Review all the vocabulary of this unit with the use of your online textbooks or with Conjuguemos : if you scroll down to Chapitre 5, you will be able to practice the vocabulary from 1ère, 2ème and 3ème étapes.

You can review

  • with flashcards that you can download and cut up to test yourselves. Just click on the Flashcards link.
  • with the vocabulary list that you can also download and copy in your vocabulary notebooks to practice your spelling. Just click on the List of words link.
  • doing the online activity and time yourselves. Just click on the chapter section you want to practice such as Chapitre 5-1: On va au café?

2) Review your verb conjugations, particularly AVOIR and PRENDRE.

Here again, you can review with your classnotes or go to Conjuguemos :

You can scroll down to number 9 “Le présent: all verbs” to

  • test yourselves immediately or
  • start reviewing the verb chart 

3) Practice writing dialogues at a café following the models we have written in class, as you will have a written task which will include a conversation in a café situation.

4) Remember that part one of your examination will include reading comprehension texts. You will not be expected to understand every single word in the texts but you will have to use various reading strategies to decode the texts quickly and understand their meanings. You will be looking for

  • context cues such as information from pictures or from sentences surrounding the unknown words
  • headings, subtitles
  • superscript numbers referring to a vocabulary list at the bottom of the page
  • cognates

You are encouraged to see me if you have any questions regarding your preparation.

Then you can feel prepared and enjoy une menthe à l’eau!

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Grade 7 – Classwork for Monday October 6

On explore Québec !

Québec city, one of the oldest cities in North America, is the location for our unit “Sports et passe-temps”. Let’s explore this city and find out what is special about it and why it is such a great place for sports.

You will research on this city and its surroundings with the help of this Google doc. Make sure you make a copy and share it with me before you start your research.

Since the official languages in Canada are English and French, you will be able to navigate the sites you will be visiting in both languages. Try to write as much French as you can!

 

Grade 7 – Homework for Monday October 6

Mise en Train Chapitre 4: Nouvelles de Québec

Log in to your online textbooks and go to chapter 4 “Sports et passe-temps !”.

Click on the Book Pages tab and select Mise en Train Nouvelles de Québec on pages 108-110. Go through all sections from Stratégie to Intro and 1 to 6 sections. Practice your listening skills by listening to all the information given by Emilie. Click on the sound button in each section. Begin with Emilie’s letter in the Intro section and click on the sound button at the bottom left of the letter. Repeat after each spoken section to practice your speaking skills. Make sure you have a good understanding of Emilie’s information before starting the exercises. You may want to listen one more time to the whole episode while following with the text by clicking on the play all button above Activités in the top right corner of the page.

Go to the Activités menu and do activities 1 to 5. Save your answers on the Cahier électronique by clicking on Cahier électronique and in the new pop-up window you can write your answers in the box under the questions. Do not forget to click on Save to save your answers.

Post all your answers to the above exercises on your blogs under the unit title Sports et passe-temps. You may copy and paste your answers directly on your blogs or post screen shots of your answers. You are expected to write full sentences as much as possible.

Deadline for completion: Next class on Monday, October 6.

Grade 7 French Exam Preparation

 

As explained in class, your exam on May 1st will include the following:

1) A visual interpretation task related to our topic “On va au café?” entitled “La restauration rapide” (prepared)

2) A reading comprehension text related to our topic “On va au café?”(unprepared task)

3) Another reading comprehension text on leisure activities, “Les parcs d’attractions autour de Paris” (prepared)

4) A writing task on our topic “On va au café?” (for which you can prepare by reviewing all vocabulary and expressions used in a café situation.)

You are encouraged to see me if you have any questions regarding your preparation. Please practice writing dialogues at a café following the models we have written in class. Submit your dialogues for proofreading.

Grade 7 e-learning for Wednesday October 16

On explore la ville de Québec!

Québec city, one of the oldest cities in North America, is the location for our unit “Sports et passe-temps”. Let’s explore this city and at the same time reflect on our unit question “How have sports been influenced by the environment?”

During this e-learning session, you will visit two websites on the city of Québec and you will post on your blogs your answers to the questions that follow. You will be encouraged to post your answers in English and in French depending on the tasks. The title of your assignment will be “On explore la ville de Québec!”

Allez, viens!

First let’s visit this website, Le site officiel de l’Office du tourisme de Québec. Since the official languages in Canada are English and French, you will be able to navigate this site in both langages.
From the Home page, you will explore les “Activités” en automne et les “Nouveautés” en hiver (= winter).


For each season, you will list three activities you would like to do. Give their names in French and provide as many details as possible (in English) such as where you would do them, when and why.

Now let’s visit Le guide urbain de Québec.

On the navigation bar with a Home button, you will click on “Tours de ville” and you will choose a sightseeing tour. Give its name in French and provide information on what you will visit, how you will travel, when, and why you chose this tour.

Going back to the Home page, you will click this time on “Sports & plein air”.

By hovering your cursor over each pictogram, you will be able to read in French the names of various sports. You will choose three sports per season (en automne, en hiver, au printemps, en été). You will write their names in French, grouping them per seasons and you will provide information about where you can do such sports and why you chose them.

You will conclude your exploration by making
• a list of names of sports that you noticed are called differently in Québécois French in comparison to the names of sports we learned in class.
• a list of names of sports that are specific to a country that has a long and cold winter season with snowy weather.

Now, how would you answer our unit question “How have sports been influenced by the environment?”

Grade 7 e-learning for today

Tout pour la rentrée

Writing activities

Log in to your online textbooks and go to chapter 3 “Tout pour la rentrée”.

1) In Book Pages, click on the drop-down menu next to Chapitre 3 and select the second Grammaire supplémentaire entry, which corresponds to 2ème Etape.

You will do exercises on Telling what you’d like and what you’d like to do  exercises 4 to 8 included. Use the “cahier électronique” to write your answers and save them online.

2) You will continue with exercises on 3ème Etape, Getting someone’s attention; asking for information; expressing and responding to thanks. Select the third Grammaire supplémentaire entry on the drop-down menu and complete exercises 9 to 11 included. Record your answers in your “cahier électronique” as well.

3) Post all your answers to the above exercises on your blogs: either copy and paste directly on your blogs or post screen shots of your answers. You are expected to write full sentences as much as possible.

Deadline: Next French class on Wednesday September 18. See me at school tomorrow if you have encountered any problems with the assignment so that you can complete it for Wednesday.

Notre voyage à Paris

Photo Maeda 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vous allez faire un voyage à Paris pour un week-end.

Qu’est-ce que vous allez visiter?

Qu’est-ce que vous allez faire?

This group project will require that you explore the sights of Paris and plan a weekend trip in the French capital. Your trip will include sightseeing and leisure activities.

At the end of your research on what to see and what to do in Paris, you will present your trip using Google Earth: you will give a virtual tour of your planned weekend visit with an audio commentary in French.

 

In order to include all required information you need to follow these steps:

  1. Research the monuments and sights of Paris illustrated on your planning sheet: identify them and then look for information on the Internet. Additionally, you may review the places mentioned in “Mise en Train” pg.170 and for more details in “Mise en Pratique” pg.194 in your online texts.)
  2. On your planning sheet, you will then list six places of interest and decide what you are going to do there. Write full sentences using the future form with ALLER.
  3. Include leisure activities with trips to the following:
    1. au cinéma, au théâtre, à l’opéra, à la patinoire, au stade
    2. au café ou au restaurant.
  4. Under the section “Arrange your ideas chronologically”, you will rearrange the order of your visit by adding time frames such as days, times of the day and times. Plan your activities as realistically as possible with leisure activities within reasonable distance of the monuments and at times that are suitable. You will need to mention time frames for both sightseeing and leisure activities. (Review “Note de grammaire” pg.173)
  5. Say with whom you are going to go and use the pronoun “on” to describe what both your partner and you are going to do.
  6. Use sequencing words such as: et, mais, d’abord (first), ensuite (next), après ça (after that), enfin (finally).
  7. Write the whole script of your virtual visit so as to record it in a seamless fashion. Both partners should contribute to the audio commentary.
  8. Your virtual tour should include images for each place of interest and their sources.

Check the document “Visite virtuelle de Paris” if you need help with Google Earth.

Timeline:

You will have three class periods and personal time to complete this project. Make sure you submit your script for proofreading before recording your commentary.

Bonne visite !