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Description of Curriculum

Children’s courses at Alliance Française de Rockhampton are designed following the DETA Framework for Languages, outlined in the Education QLD Scope and Sequence for Languages (2008).

Our programme aims at enabling students to engage meaningfully with French speaking people and enhance their understanding of the French culture.

A workbook is provided at a small cost.

Some art and craft supplies are supplied but students are asked to bring their own pencil case (colouring pencils or felts, scissors, glue stick, lead pencils, erasers, sharpener).

 

The Language Levels

Early Childhood – Prep to Year 2 (not offered in Semester One 2015)

Language elements:

  • Simple greetings and farewells
  • Phrases to introduce self
  • Understanding and answering simple questions about self (age, mood, name, tastes etc.)
  • Describing people and animals  (colours, shapes, size)
  • Expressing likes and dislikes

 

Primary – Year 3 to Year 6

Language elements:

  • Expressing likes and dislikes in varying degrees / providing reasons
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Sports and leisure activities
  • Weather and clothing
  • The body and health
  • Food
  • Town features
  • Shopping and money

Cultural elements applicable to both levels:

  • Songs
  • Games
  • Traditional celebrations
  • Cooking

 

Benefits of learning French for Children

When children learn French, or another foreign language, they develop more sophisticated minds than their monolingual peers, according to a study of bilingual children presented to the Society for Neuroscience.

The report on bilingual children who learn French and English was presented by professor Laura-Ann Petitto, PhD, a cognitive neuroscientist at Dartmouth College, who has spent over 30 years researching the biological foundations of language.

“Our findings show that bilingual children can perform certain cognitive tasks more accurately than monolinguals,” Dr. Petitto said, in a press release. “Being bilingual can give you a cognitive edge.”

Research has shown that there is a correlation between language learning and academic achievement, cognitive benefits to students and attitudes and beliefs about other cultures

To learn about what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning go to

http://www.actfl.org/advocacy/discover-languages/what-the-research-shows?pageid=4524#academic_achievement