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GRADE 4: FRANÇAIS

What your child is learning

In Grade 4, your child learns to:

  • understand different kinds of spoken, written and visual messages in French about a variety of topics
  • use his or her experience and what he or she knows about the topic, and about French words and other strategies in order to understand
  • show understanding by
    • identifying the actions and characteristics of the main characters in stories
    • finding information in reading selections
    • giving opinions and asking and answering questions about what he or she has read
  • communicate a variety of ideas, such as feelings, opinions, ways to solve problems and giving directions for how to do something as they participate in activities such as
    • talking and writing about past, present and future experiences
    • writing a message with a specific purpose and reader in mind
    • revising and editing what he or she has written using various strategies

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher. You may also refer to the Manitoba Curriculum Framework document (in French only).

How your child is assessed

There are two types of assessments in Grade 4 Français:  teacher’s classroom assessments and the Grade 4 Provincial Assessment (Adobe Icon 1.77 MB).

The teacher will report your child’s progress in three areas and may address the following questions:

  • Comprehension (Reading, Listening, Viewing)
    Does your child find information in a text and communicate about it?
    Does your child identify main characters and their actions?
  • Communication (Writing, Speaking, Representing)
    How well does your child give directions or explain a process to a particular audience?
    Does your child write, revise and edit a short paragraph using strategies learned in class?
  • Critical Thinking
    Does your child connect what he or she is learning with previous knowledge and experiences?
    Does your child explain responses to information and ideas?
    Does your child think about or change personal views or opinions based on views and opinions of peers or experts?

The information from each report helps you to support your child’s learning. You can use it to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.

The Grade 4 Provincial Assessment measures French reading skills. French reading is assessed over several weeks in early fall. This assessment gives you information on your child’s ability to read and to understand what he or she has read, as well as to set goals to be a better reader. This information will help teachers plan reading lessons to help your child build a solid foundation in reading.

Resources

A Guide to French Immersion Schools in Manitoba

French for Life: Information about the importance of bilingualism in today’s world and what you can do to help your child

Canadian Parents for French: A national network of volunteers dedicated to promoting and supporting French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians

Canadian Parents for French Manitoba:  Links to activities and resources for learning French

French-language television network

National Film Board (NFB) – Education

Saint Boniface Public Library (La Bibliothèque de Saint-Boniface)

Festival du Voyageur

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by "viewing" and "representing"?

How can I help my child (even if I don’t speak French)?

Is the Grade 4 Provincial Assessment in French a test?