Curriculum - French

Students at Northern Christian School participate in LOTE lessons. The French language as well as culture is taught from K to Grade 6. Each Grade participates in one 30-minute session on a weekly basis.

God originated languages.

Genesis 11:1-9: The tower of Babel "And the Lord said, indeed the people are one and they all have one language…Let us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech…The Lord confused the language of all the earth and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

The existence of a number of languages has beneficial effect in the world. Acts 2:5-12 tells of one example: Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”  Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Obedience to the commands of the Lord requires going to people of all languages. Mark 16:15 instructs “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Language aptitude and experience can contribute to us fulfilling God’s purpose.

According to the Australian Curriculum;

“French is an Indo-European language and belongs to the family of Romance languages derived from the spoken Latin language of the Roman Empire. It is closely related to English, due to the shared influence of Latin and to the fact that French was the official language of the English court, administration and culture for 300 years after the Norman Conquest in the eleventh century. This involvement with French contributed significantly to the developing English language. There are more than 1700 words that are used in both languages (for example, danger, saint, magazine, tact). In this sense French is already partly familiar to English-speaking learners. This familiarity supports early stages of learning.

"French uses the same Roman alphabet as English, although its pronunciation of the letters differs significantly and the use of accents on some letters is an additional complexity for English-speaking learners. There are many similarities between the two grammatical systems, such as the same basic subject-verb-object order, but also differences, such as in the use of tenses, the gendering of nouns and adjectives, the marking of plural forms of nouns and adjectives, and the use of articles and capital letters.”