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(Assembled by The Language Studio Inc. and taken from various sources)

This method is used for students attending Developmental Courses to maintain the acquired Linguistic Profile of the PSC, as well as people aiming for the preparation of the “C” level of the said Linguistic Profile. Following is the description of the different components of this course:

L’Actualité:

This news magazine is a unique tool to motivate students to a variety of subjects: politics, social changes, sciences, culture, discovering the heroes of our time. It writes about people or events that touch our daily lives. It is used as support material for debate and study.

Objectives:

  • Enrich Vocabulary
  • Improve pronunciation and speech flow by reading aloud
  • Develop the ability to rephrase and reinstate a message by summarizing a paragraph or the entire article.
  • Improve oral comprehension and sound discrimination
  • Improve writing skills

Grammar:

A student attending a developmental course has already covered all the basics of the grammar; but a fair amount of time will still be spent during each class reviewing grammar or going more in depth as grammar is really the foundation of the language allowing for a clear and unambiguous message.

Objectives

To remove all doubt or hesitation around the use of grammar
To demystify the complexity of the grammatical structure

Translation :

  • Text to be taken from different translation manuals

Objective:

Each translation works on a particular grammar point in order to see how the student knows how to apply them to the learnt language

  • Text to be taken from a document brought in by the students from their workplace.

Objective:

To test their knowledge of the terminology pertinent to their own work environment.

Vocabulary:

The enrichment of vocabulary is an on going process. It can be learned indirectly through all kinds of activities in forms of reading, speaking, listening but we feel that for better retention it is important to have activities that focus specifically on the learning of new words. The following is what will be done on a regular basis to achieve this particular goal:

  • Exercises to be taken from vocabulary books
  • Crosswords
  • Synonyms research

Objective

 Retention and application of new vocabulary

French Civilization

 Because of the current status of the French language in the world we feel it is important that students discover what culture lies beneath the language they are learning. These activities will be done as little parentheses to add diversity to the class and make the students feel part of a wide network, namely “La Francophonie” and doing so giving a broader meaning to their learning which initially might have been only personal or professional.

Objective

Raise the awareness and consciousness about the status of the French language and what derives from it; being cultural, geographical, historical, political, religious etc….

Debate and Conversation

A large portion of the Developmental Course (approximately 50%) will be allocated to conversation. The daily news lends plenty of thought for discussion. The students are given a web site address to go and consult on their own about all the francophone newspapers of the world. The work done with the news magazine L’Actualité also leads to many discussions as well as the work done with French Civilization. The instructor can also introduce debate topics such as the following, to name a few.

  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Education
  • Ethics in the Work place

Objectives:

    • Improve speech flow
    • Develop fluency and ease in the oral expression
    • Apply new vocabulary and employ it in a broader way
    • Put the grammar into practice, use compound tenses and complex sentences
    • Introduce idioms where appropriate during the course of conversation and naturally this will allow the students to learn them in context
    • Engage in highly detailed discourse of moderate to extended length
    • Switch between formal and informal speech depending on the context
    • Assess moods, attitude and feelings
    • Employ humour and negotiation techniques
    • Appreciate and recognize cultural subtleties and be able to communicate cross-culturally
    • Foster an environment that honours and respects diverse opinions and engages learners with opposite points of view. Empower students to express differences and similarities in a tactful way.
    • Apply conflict resolution skills

Phonetics

Phonetics is important in order to avoid crystallization of mispronounced phonemes, to improve overall communication, to avoid frequent interruption from the listeners for clarification.

In theory people taking a developmental course should already have a grasp of the phonetic system; however if some students still have difficulties with pronunciation we will do little capsules of phonetics as it is very important to be clearly understood and the speech should not be impaired by reoccurring errors. Nothing impedes conversation faster than an inability to make yourself understood. So the goal is not necessarily to sound like a French person, but to be understood by a French speaker.

The phonetic approach is covered in every aspect of the program and we take every opportunity to review phonetics as per relevancy in ways of repetition of default phonemes. Students are encouraged to do pronunciation exercises on tape to be reviewed by the instructor. Following is a list of the material we use to supplement and correct phonetics:

  • Internet Site using Voice recognition
  • CD – Rom Software :
  • A variety of books on phonetics

Oral Comprehension

Different exercises will be administered to the students in order to help them develop a more acute oral understanding of what they are hearing. Following you will find oral comprehension activities to reach that goal:

  • The instructor will read a very small article in 5 steps (each one at a different speed)
  • The students will hear a tape recorded radio program or a section of it which will have been carefully chosen according to its subject, preferably a debate in which the guest speakers reveal their different opinions.
  • Same as above but with a video recorded TV program.

Those exercises help to sharpen the students’ hearing, sound discrimination and prepare them for a better language exchange and ultimately a better grasp of nuances and subtleties, as well as to enable them to sustain a longer and more in depth conversation with a very accurate understanding of the content.


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