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MY CHILD IN SCHOOL
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

GRADE 8: FRANÇAIS

What your child is learning

In  Grade 8, your child learns to:

  • tell the difference between facts, opinions and hypothesis, between description and narration, and between relevant information and information that is unnecessary
  • participate in role-plays and group discussions and suggest solutions for problems
  • write a well organized text, research project or story showing relationships between characters
  • choose, revise, and adjust content and various levels of language, so that they are appropriate to the situation and the intended reader or listeners

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

Your child’s progress in Français will be reported in three areas and may address the following questions:

  • Comprehension (Reading, Listening, Viewing)
    How well does your child recognize the difference between facts, opinions and hypotheses, and identify main ideas and the writer’s point of view?
    What does your child do to help himself or herself understand?
    How well does your child explain the relationship between characters in stories, and identity features of poems?
    How well does your child discuss techniques used by media and presenters to influence?
  • Communication (Writing, Speaking, Representing)
    How well does your child collaborate on a group project, offer solutions to a problem, and write to inform using facts?
    How does your child revise, edit and improve his or her text by using different resources?
    How does your child use knowledge about French to speak and write correctly?
  • 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 question an author’s point of view 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.

As part of the Middle Years Provincial Assessment, you will receive a report from the school on your child’s achievement in reading comprehension and writing of informational texts in French. Using information from observations, conversations and samples of your child’s work, the teacher will prepare a report at the end of January that compares your child’s performance to mid-grade provincial criteria. The report will give you an opportunity to discuss the results with your child and the teacher, and help you support your child’s learning.

Resources

A Guide to French Immersion Schools in Manitoba
Information about the French Immersion Program including school locations, contact information, delivery models, entry points and grade levels.

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 for the Future
French for the Future is a not-for-profit organization that supports and motivates Canadian students on their path towards bilingualism

TFO (French-language television network)
TFO is the French-language public cultural and educational television network of the Canadian province of Ontario

National Film Board (NFB) – Education
A comprehensive collection of films and interactive productions available for educational use

Saint Boniface Public Library (La Bibliothèque de Saint-Boniface)
A selection of books, videos and CDs in French

Festival du Voyageur
The largest winter festival in Western Canada where Voyageur, Métis and First Nations histories are brought back to life

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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