Learning French with the Brouillet Academy

Journey To Bilingualism

 

We love to see our students succeed and watch them develop a connection to French and its culture, as well as a confidence in their bilingualism. Our team of trained and experienced professionals are well supported by a senior team that combines several years of experience in Second Language learning. When a student joins our program, there are various path they can typically take to achieve a greater level of success with French based on their French background at the time.

NEW FOR FALL 2020

We will be there to support your children through these uncertain times. Whether you are choosing to send your child to school, or homeschool them, we have programs to support their French learning!

Choose between:

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Junior Academy

Children age 11 or less:

Level 1: Our Learn French Series:

A complete beginner would enter our path at the Learn French weekly or daily classes.

Who: Offered for SK-grade 6 (6-12 years old). This series of classes is intended for beginners at any age. The student would enter based on their age/grade level to attend classes that would reflect their experience in Core French in the school system. 

What to expect: These classes are developed to provide basic words and phrases around a variety of topics and themes to provide the students with a strong foundation. Students attending our Learn French Series will acquire a variety of vocabulary to build up their repertoire; they will be able to identify themselves and understand simple situations of everyday life; and they will be able to interact by means of simple statements if the interlocutor speaks slowly. The pace of these classes is slower to ensure that students develop their confidence in moving to the next level. 

 

Level 2: Our Practical French Essentials series

For students who have already acquired some French skills.

Who: Offered for grade 2 to 6 (8-12 years old). This series of classes is intended for stud

ents who have some previously acquired French skills but are not fluent or able to maintain a conversation comfortably and do not receive at least 50% of French instruction daily.  This would inclu

de strong Core French students, successful with French classes in private schools, year 1 of a late immersion program. The students who have progressed from Learn French would also join these classes based on their teacher’s recommendation.

What to expect: These classes will consolidate students’ foundation and basic French skills through various activities linked to the four learning domains: oral communication, oral comprehension, reading comprehension, and writing. Students will strengthen their French vocabulary repertoire as well as their basic grammar skills; they will participate in short and simple conversations and will be able to share their tastes, their interests, and point of views. Our Practical French Essentials series aims to develop students’ proficiency to get them ready for the next level. 

Supplemental opportunities: At any point, these weekly or daily classes can be supplemented by one-on-one help with one of our experienced tutors to help in advancing certain areas of learning or assist with school homework.

Level 3: Academic programs For French Immersion

For students who attend early French immersion classes or have graduated from our Practical French Essentials series as recommended by our teachers.

Who: For children in grades 1 to 6 (6 to 12 years old). For children who are currently attending a program of early French immersion involving a minimum of 50% French instruction and other subject matter taught in French, we have a different series of classes to supplement and boost their French and help improve their grades at school.

What to expect: The programs will impact the richness of vocabulary, fluidity of conversation and grasp of the grammatical rules for the students. 

We offer a variety of classes:

All For 1 (grade 1): This program focuses on reading, writing and speaking with material appropriate for children who have been in French immersion for one or two years, and have limited fluency and ability to have a spontaneous conversation. Students will also develop their critical thinking skills through short stories. 

Enrich Your French (grades 2 to 6): Our program is designed to cater to the needs of French immersion students specifically. It will focus on the 4 areas of language acquisition: speaking, comprehension, reading and writing. This class will be a mix of guided lessons and interactive sections with the seasoned professors. Students will consolidate their grammar skills and will develop their critical thinking through texts, videos, audio clips, and conversations. They will also work on expressing their point of view in details and on justifying their answers and ideas. 

In the summer only: For grades 2 to 5 (ages 8 to 11). These programs are separated into 2 sections 8-9 years old and 10-11 years old.

  • Writer’s Workshop: Grammar Work and Creative Writing
  • Reading Club: Reading out loud and reading comprehension 
  • Conversational French: Let’s Talk French! In-depth discussions and vocabulary practice

Senior Academy

Children ages 12 and up or adults

Beginning at age 12, students can enter our DELF programs. The levels are based on their proficiency as defined by the Common European Framework Reference.

Levels offered are A1, A2, B1, B2.

We offer 3 different sub-levels for each category, each offered in 2 semesters of 5 classes of 90 minutes. Students typically must complete the 2 semesters to be able to receive a passing grade and a certificate. 

Note: The level 3 of each category is developed as a transition to the upper level. Students must have successfully completed levels 1 and 2 (or one of the other depending on their level upon entry) to be able to attend this class. 

The determination of entry point is based on a discussion on the French experience of each student as well as an online self-assessment used as a guideline

Our program is developed to lead students to challenge the DELF certification for each level as needed.

  • DELF A1: This level recognizes basic knowledge. It is the most basic level at which a language is used, called the “discovery” stage. At this stage, the learner can interact in a simple way: he/she can speak about him/herself and his/her immediate environment.
  • DELF A2: At this level, the language user is considered a social actor. He/she can communicate with others during simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.
  • DELF B1: At this level, the language user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: understanding and maintaining a discussion and giving opinions. The language user is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.
  • DELF  B2: The global scale of the common reference of the CEFR defines level B2’s user capable of the following linguistic skills:
    • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
    • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
    • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

 

 
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