At Touchstone Academy we believe that:
- learning a second language at a young age builds confidence and improves cognitive and analytical skills
- learning French has an overall positive effect on a student’s intellectual potential and improves skills in a student’s first language
- French is not just a second language subject taught in class, but is also a gateway to improvement in both verbal and non-verbal intelligence, as well as in enhancing memory and listening skillls.
- introducing children early to alternative ways of expression and to the French culture broadens their sense of citizenship and their life experiences, enabling relations with many people around the world.
Touchstone students are exposed to a cross-curricular, positive, fully-immersed approach to learning French. This approach promotes the use of the language, as well as insight into diverse cultures around the world.
Depending on the student’s level of study, French is learned through daily communication, math and thematic games, songs, rhymes, debates, reading and writing activities. Themes and vocabulary are based on everyday, real life experiences relative to the students’ daily environments.
Éducation Physique en Francais
The French language follows Touchstone students from the French classroom to the soccer field, to the school yard and onto the yoga mat.
By using French as the language of instruction for our physical education program, students are able to make visually clear connections between actions, rules and instructions they are learning in Éducation physique through oral, written and comprehension exercises in French class.
With specific learning outcomes, through a variety of physical and meditative activities, such as soccer, hockey, Tai Chi or yoga, not only are students learning French vocabulary that relates to their environment and life experience, but they are able to put the words and verbs they are learning into actions as they tumble, pass the ball and stretch.