Thursday, February 22, 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Friday is one of those days I am absent (also next Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27 and 28).

Friday's assignment is a reading one from the anthologie. We have a spent a good deal of time preparing for a brief introductory interview involving expressions of activity, adjectives and daily routine. We have some work to do with oral skills, particularly in thea area of confidence, but literacy is another important aspect of French.

Students are to read a short story called Le Tunnel de la peur in their Anthologies, pp. 16 -19. Instead of answering questions from the book, there is an on-line quiz linked in the news section.

Interim reports are coming up and you should ask your son/daughter if they have submitted ALL of the following reading and writing assessments to the drop box:

1. Une journée à mon goût;
2. L'Exploitation des enfants;
3. Quiz - Les verbes pronominaux;
4. Le Tunnel de la peur (outlined herein).

The interim reports will be going home just before March Break and will have one of three marks:

Progressing with difficulty;
Progressing well;
Progressing very well

A large majority of students will likely be in that middle category, which is where they should be. I have a personally very high threshold for "Progressing very well" that few students will achieve.

I will also be forwarding information about parent-teacher interview scheduling. I understand that interviews are scheduled for Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

First oral interviews and a string of absences

Good day parents and families of FSF1D1 students! It has been too long, and I know I am already breaching my pledge to keep you frequently updated.

We are working through the first unit of the course, Moi-mê and we will be doing our first mini-culminating activity this week. It is an oral interview, using the three language conventions learned during the course of the first couple of weeks: irregular adjectives, reflexive verbs and expressions of activity.  This exercise will give students the chance to express themselves orally about a topic they know best; themselves. What we are looking at working towards is a confidence level in spontaneous oral fluency. Granted, the exercise isn't entirely spontaneous as there will be some advance preparation, students are encourged to converse with the interviewer (ie. me) rather than merely read from a prepared script.

Ultimately, we want students to be orally proficient in French, a tall order even for someone going through to grade 12. To this end, we encourage students once they hit grade twelve to challenge the DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française), which is a test given by the government of France that certifies students at levels of proficiency in the French language. It is a great thing to earn going forward into post-secondary studies and into the workforce.

I must also apologize in advance for absences occurring Friday, February 23rd, Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28, as I will be at various school sporting events (Indoor track and field and OFSAA swimming). Work will be left for students, available on the HUB.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Sorry folks. Mr. Gelder will be absent from class on Thursday, February 8th. SOSSA swimming championships in St. Catharines.  Here is the in-class work:

1. In-class diagnostic reading assessment: Julie Payette, astronaute canadienne

2. Text: As-tu un esprit créatif, pp. 10 - 11. Complete the quiz and comprehension questions with partner

3. Anthologie: Un Quiz - tes devoirs, pp. 6-8. Again, complete with a partner.

See everyone on Friday!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Good morning and happy Semester Two!!!

Good morning students and paernts of grade nine DVSS French and happy new semester! It's going to rock.

This is where I hope to post frequent updates about assignments and other important information pertaining to your daughter's/son's afternoon class in grade 9 academic French (FSF1D1).  My hope to is to post an update at least twice a week, but I am counting on you to keep me accountable. If I ignore/neglect this space for longer than a week, let me know with an indignant e-mail to: E-mail Mr. Gelder indignantly to remind him to update his homework blog. This page will be exclusviely in English, but our hope is to have students interacting to the greatest extent possible à la langue française. As such, other platforms (such as the Hub/D2L) will be entirely in French.

Grade nine French will cover the entire breadth of the FSL (French as a second language) curriculum, including reading, writing and oral communication; consisting of speaking and listening. A specific emphasis will be placed on oral language skills as there is little point to learning a language if one is not able to use it in every day interactions. Further, we aim to prepare students, by the time they are in grade 12, to challenge the DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française), a test administered by the government of France that certifies students at varying levels in the French language.  Along the way, we hope to have a lot of fun.

Oh, and we WILL use the iPads so please ensure your student brings hers/his every day, charged as much as can be!

Should you have any questions in the interim, don't hesitate to contact me at the particulars above and to the right (underneath my smiling face).

Encore, bonjour et bienvenue!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Parent-Teacher Interviews

 Parents (and students):

First, let me apologize for having immediately broken my promise to have frequent recourse to this page. We are communicating with students through so many digital platforms that it is sometimes difficult to stay on top of them all.

Parent Teacher Interview night is fast approaching (Thursday, October 26th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.). I would look forward to meeting as many of you as the schedule will allow; there are 12 slots available and they tend to book up fast.  Here are the instructions for accessing the on-line parent-teacher bookoing system:

Should you find yourself unable to book an appointment between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on October 26th, we can always make alternate arrangements to either meet in the after school hours, or simply speak by telephone.

Looking forward to meeting many of you on the 26th!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bonjour et bienvenue!

Hello and welcome to another school year! A busy semester, to say the least with a grade nine applied class (FSF1P1-11) and a STACKED grade 11 and grade 12 university section (FSF3U1-12 and FSF4U1-12).

This space is what is called my homework blog; it is intended for communication with parents primarily, but also students. I would encourage you to subscribe, as I hope to update frequently. Also, it will be written entirely in English - the only time students will actually see English in their digital experience in French class.

Students are off to a good start. They are actively engaging in their learning using digital tools, such as the HUB, Google Docs and We will continue to engage in this type of 21st century learning towards making our students better speakers, listeners, readers and writers of the French language.

An important bit of news for grade nine students: iPads will be distributed this week. Forms will be going home on Tuesday and it is critical that they come back, signed, right away. Startup for grade nines is busy, as we are engaged in transferring computer accounts from their middle schools so that the digital tools the HWDSB  is fortunate to have can be enjoyed in full.  Please ensure that these forms make it back to the school either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

In the mean time, communication lines are always open. Have a look at the top right hand corner of the screen for contact information if you wish to get a hold of me.

Let's have a great semester in French!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Parent-teacher interviews

Hello families of students in FSF1D1-23 and FSF3U1-22.

In case you didn't know, parent-teacher interviews are slated for next Thursday, March 30th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Appointments are required and booked on line.

There are only a few slots left.  Please go here to book:

Parent-teacher interview website

You will need your son's'/daughter's six digit student number to access the appointment schedule.

If you are unable to book an appointment, as they are all filled, please contact Monsieur Gelder so we can make alternate arrangements.

Parent-teacher night or not, you are always welcome to contact me at the school (see the right hand panel) if you have any concerns about the class or your son's/daughter's progress.