What makes studying a language, particularly the French language, a hit? Major Vice Principal of Canadian Worldwide College (CIS), DR XIOMARA CRUZ, shares her knowledgeable insights on the college’s French-English bilingual training programme.
What units your French-English bilingual programme aside?
Talking a language with out understanding its cultural context has little or no real-world worth. CIS integrates cultural features into studying, so college students can talk from a spot of understanding, not simply say or repeat the phrases.
Only in the near past, our Grade 6 college students celebrated Worldwide Dot Day by studying concerning the spirit of kindness and French artwork historical past together with the Pointillism method, earlier than describing a associated paintings’s composition and hues in French.
College students additionally have a good time and be taught from all Francophone nations, in order that they perceive how French unites many cultures world wide and develop a worldwide mindset. Throughout Francophonie Week, for instance, college students create reveals to share concerning the arts, music and dance of varied Frenchspeaking nations like Senegal and Belgium.
The bilingual training programme includes inquiry-based studying; what does that appear to be within the classroom?
Canadian Worldwide College lecturers create purposeful studying experiences to assist college students join with and perceive the French language. Our inquiry-based classes happen in genuine settings, the place they’ll use the language in a real-world context resembling immersive hands-on actions like quizzes, performs and cooking.
As an illustration, one lesson at our studying kitchen noticed college students learn recipe directions in French, whereas speaking within the language. Once we celebrated la Chandeleur (2 February), they learnt about French tradition by meals by making French crêpes.
What ought to mother and father search for when selecting a bilingual training programme?
Think about how the programme will develop your baby holistically and the experiences that the college can present. At CIS, our incredible group of educators work collectively to create a rigorous educational programme that facilitates language studying. Utilizing the most effective research-based practices, our extremely certified lecturers and language consultants plan and ship a well-balanced curriculum that’s each participating and academically rigorous.
In your view, why ought to mother and father take into account the CIS bilingual training programme for his or her baby?
Studying a second language advantages a baby in some ways, from cognitive to educational. As an IB college, bilingual college students of Canadian Worldwide College expertise true worldwide training that develops their French and English language expertise, and in addition promotes their educational and social emotional improvement.
What impressed your ardour for bilingual training?
I’m from Puerto Rico and I grew up talking Spanish whereas studying English on the identical time. From there, I turned excited about how youngsters be taught languages.
To this point, I’ve 15 years’ expertise in training. Throughout this time, I’ve been a marketing consultant to bilingual colleges in South America and Hong Kong, and have led bilingual programmes in Spanish, Chinese language and now French.
You’re invited to Canadian Worldwide College’s French Carnaval on 23 November!
The CIS French-English bilingual programme is the one one in Singapore totally aligned to the IB Major Years Programme – it’s designed to assist college students develop into profitable bilingual, biliterate and bicultural international residents. On the French Carnaval, consultants will share the college’s distinctive method that sees youngsters turning into fluent communicators in each languages. There can be French-inspired actions resembling cheese tasting, eating in a French café run by CIS college students, and the possibility to construct your personal miniature Eiffel Tower. From 9am. Register at cis.edu.sg/french-carnaval
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