Friday, September 14, 2012

DAC Beginning French


My name is Kristine, the beginning French instructor at DAC. About every two weeks, I will write    a post to keep you up to date with what we are learning in class! If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions related to class and the curriculum, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail at kmdonahue [at] ucdavis (dot) edu or to talk to me before class.

So far, we have learned simple commands such as sit down, stand up, make a circle, hold hands, and have also learned how to introduce ourselves. We played a bit of Simon Says (Jaques a dit, en français) to practice commands and one of the older students gave a biographical presentation.

We have also been learning about shapes and colors. Red light green light, and bingo, and shape and color hunts have been a few of the games we've played to reinforce what we learned.

Next week, we will be finishing up shapes and colors, and will be moving on to parts of the body. Head, shoulders, knees and toes (tête, épaules, genoux, pieds) will definitely be a song we sing next week!

Here is a list of the vocabulary we have learned in case you want to go over it with your child at home:

bonjour, bonne journée- hello, have a nice day
au revoir-good bye
bon soir, bonne soirée- good evening, have a nice evening
je m'appelle-my name is
je viens de...-I'm from (Davis)



un carré- a square
un cercle-a circle
un triangle-a triangle
une étoile- a star
un coeur- a heart
un rectangle- a rectangle

(Sometimes using a ridiculous heavy fake french accent helps to pronounce everything correctly! It's more fun that way too.)

Have a lovely weekend, and see you on Monday!

Bon weekend, et à lundi!

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