Ça commence! (Start-up!)

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.


Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5-8. Madame Daley will be teaching the Grade 4 and 4/5 classes. Instrumental music will not be offered this year, but there will be a band.
I’ll be sending a letter home in the first week to introduce me, and let you know some things about me, and my teaching approach. It’ll also ask for your e-mail address, so I can send you this weekly update automatically. You can find a copy of it in the downloads section of this post, if you want to get a head-start. You can certainly just e-mail me at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca, and save sending back the form. 
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and (after this intro post)  some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing  vocabulary at home  is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!


Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

Important dates:

September 2: back to school

September 19: Meet the teacher and fun fair

September 26, P.A. Day


Trivia Questions:

1. Quels sont 2 grandes histoires (big stories) dans les nouvelles (news) cet été (this summer)?

2. Comment s’appelle le volcan à Iceland qui est dans les nouvelles?