French – English Program

(Basic French)

Oral Communication

In an increasingly multicultural society, language competencies and intercultural understanding are an essential part of being a world citizen. The importance of learning another language is explored further in the following articles:

  1. The Added Value of Learning Another Language
  2. Learning Another Language: Manitoba's Renewal Strategy

Teaching Oral Communication: A GuideThe document, Teaching Oral Communication: A Guide is intended to provide a new focus for the teaching and learning of French in Manitoba with an emphasis on oral communication, in essence, the foundation for all learning of an additional language. Its goal is to illustrate student expectations for oral proficiency while guiding instructional and assessment practices for teachers. This document also outlines profiles for communication, themes, acts of communication, grammatical content, different learning situations and strategies to guide teachers to achieve the outcomes of the profiles.



Begin with the End in Mind

There are two main objectives for oral communication:

  • Students listen for meaning and demonstrate an understanding of the communicated message.
  • Students speak to communicate ideas and to interact with others.

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Methodology

How does one teach to achieve these objectives for oral communication?

Current research suggests that teaching French is most effective, engaging and inclusive when a balanced literacy based approach is used. This approach supports increased language proficiency. Teaching methodology follows the cycle of speaking-reading-writing, with a particular emphasis on oral communication. The literacy based classroom is interactive, differentiated and supports language development in both the first and second language.

The balanced literacy based approach, modeled in the video clips below, shows the teacher how to put this methodology into practice. Refer to page 24 for the written explanation in the Teaching Oral Communication: A Guide.

Video Clips

  MPEG4 Format
Document en format MPEG4
WMV Format
Document en format Windows Media Viewer
Oral
Student
94 MB 129 MB
Workshop
88 MB 113 MB
Reading
Workshop
251 MB 276 MB
Writing
Workshop
167 MB 180 MB

Parlons secondaire

The goal of the Parlons secondaire video is to illustrate activities for Grades 9 to 12 that encourage oral communication in the classroom. The video demonstrates strategies that target everyday communication and support the balanced literacy approach to teaching French.  A summary of each learning situation is found at the end of the modelled activity.

I Love French Class

The video, I Love French Class, provides a perspective on the shift to the balanced literacy approach that Manitoba Education has made. The video illustrates the methodology in action and it also provides testimonials from teachers, students, parents, and administrators as to the success of this approach for student achievement.

I Love French Class (Video in MPEG4 Format 123 MB)
I Love French Class (Video in Windows Media Viewer Format 75 MB)

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How should students from Grades 4 to 8 be able to speak in French?


Profiles for Oral Communication Grades 4-8

The Teaching and Learning Profile for Grades 4-8 summarizes the expectations for teaching methodology and describes student outcomes for oral communication. This description, accompanied by videos clips, serves as a model of student achievement at the end of Grade 8. An example of a completed assessment grid is provided to demonstrate for teachers the performance level of a particular student and how to provide descriptive feedback.

Student Video Clips - Grade 8

Nathalie

Nathalie     Video in MPEG4 Format (Video in MPEG Format 24 MB)
    Video in Windows Media Viewer Format (Video in Windows Media Viewer Format 8 MB)
    Assessment (Document in PDF format 1 MB)


Beatrice
Beatrice
(MPEG4 41 MB)
(WMV 20 MB)

Connie
Connie

(MPEG4 33 MB)
(WMV 9 MB)

Andrea
Andrea
(MPEG4 22 MB)
(WMV 9 MB)


Daniel
Daniel
(MPEG4 42 MB)
(WMV 18 MB)

John
John
(MPEG4 36 MB)
(WMV 10 MB)


Group Conversation
Group Conversation
(MPEG4 32 MB)
(WMV 36 MB)

Group Conversation
Group Conversation
(MPEG4 34 MB)
(WMV 38 MB)

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How should students from Grades 9 to 12 be able to speak in French?

Profiles for Oral Communication Grades 9-12

The teaching and learning profile for Grades 9-12 summarizes the expectations for teaching methodology and describes student outcomes for oral communication. This description, accompanied by videos clips, serves as a model of student achievement at the end of Grade 12. An example of a completed assessment grid is provided to demonstrate for teachers the performance level of a particular student and how to provide descriptive feedback.

Student Video Clips - Grade 12
Leroy

Leroy   Video in MPEG4 Format (Document in MPEG Format 35 MB)
   Video in Windows Media Viewer Format (Video in Windows Media Viewer Format 12 MB)
   Assessment (Document in PDF Format 1 MB)


Amanda
Amanda    Video in MPEG4 Format (Video in MPEG Format 43 MB)
   Video in Windows Media Viewer Format (Video in Windows Media Viewer Format 19 MB)
   Assessment (Document in PDF format 1 MB)

Wes
Wes
(MPEG4 47 MB)
(WMV 13 MB)

Phyllis
Phyllis
(MPEG4 36 MB)
(WMV 14 MB)


James
James
(MPEG4 42 MB)
(WMV 18 MB)

Ray
Ray
(MPEG4 47 MB)
(WMV14 MB)


Group Conversation
Group Conversation
(MPEG4 43 MB)
(WMV 26 MB)


Prepared Speech - Mary
Prepared Speech -
Mary

(MPEG4 25 MB)
(WMV 56 MB)

Prepared Speech - Clarissa
Prepared Speech -
Clarissa

(MPEG4 74 MB)
(WMV 60 MB)

Prepared Speech - Colleen
Prepared Speech -
Colleen

(MPEG4 60 MB)
(WMV 82 MB)

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Assessment and Evaluation

How does one assess student proficiency in oral communication?

The profiles, accompanied by an assessment grid, guide assessment for, and, of learning and present the criteria with which to evaluate oral communication. The student clips video illustrate the expected performance levels. The completed assessment grids also provide an example of how to provide feedback for assessment for and of learning.

Please see pages 26 to 32 of the Teaching Oral Communication: A Guide.

The following documents support teachers in the assessment and evaluation of oral communication and provide templates of the assessment grid.

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