French Immersion Advice from Teachers

A tip I wish I had been given was that it is so overwhelming and the key is to just start. Guided reading, for example, seems impossible to run after reading all of the books on what to do, but it's a matter of starting and then adjusting the groups, work and routines as needed. Oh, actually, routines, routines, routines, whatever language you're teaching, that's the key. The last tip would be to remember they need to hear French first, then speak it then read and write. Jennifer

It can be hard to find quality books and resources, but the best thing I ever did was collaborate with the other teachers in my grade group and we help each other out, share resources and plan lessons together. Our French support teacher is also part of our collaborative team and has a wealth of resource suggestions and ideas! Malika

Advice to new teachers would be to value oral French as much as possible. Talk with kids in French and offer them as many opportunities as possible to practice French. Repetition is key. Melissa

I really appreciate authentic Francophone texts that were originally written in French. The students get excited about new, fresh, and unknown texts. Nichole

Advice to new FI teachers, especially at the beginning in Middle/Late Immersion: Take your time, remember they are just starting to learn this new language and although we know kids learn faster than adults, it doesn't always happen overnight. Student engagement and motivation is a huge part of it. If you have that piece, generally the acquisition will follow. Jennifer

Good oral language skills and a strong foundation in reading that includes decoding skills is critical. Your colleagues will help and support you. Be a good colleague. Be kind and be helpful and it will be reciprocated. Monique