On the first day of Grade 10 French, I tell my students that I am very proud of them for pushing themselves to continue pursuing French. The Ontario Curriculum FSF2D – Grade 10 Core French course is very grammar-heavy, and students are expected to identify and use a multitude of grammar concepts orally and in writing, and to have the ability to identify their use in print material.
The most challenging of the grammatical concepts is the use of the passé composé and imparfait (past tenses) together. Often the students who have been in French Immersion or who have had extensive French experience are able to use the imparfait tense along with the passé compose orally with ease; however, when it comes to using these tenses in writing they often struggle.
Personalizing Grammar Acquisition
Lesson Cycle Structure
- Complete an oral and written pre-assessment;
- Complete guided practice (often with an instructional video or a personal/small group lesson);
- Complete independent practice; and
- Complete another assessment to ensure they have learned the material prior to moving onto next steps.