Atlas Learning Zone has been designed to cater to students at different stages of their learning journey. While the Learning Activities necessitate guided instruction from an adult, the Resources for Learning, Apply the Learning prompts, and Vocabulary lists are ideal for reinforcing specific skills or encouraging independent exploration of a subject. Here are some useful tips to make the most of Atlas Learning Zone:


Overall Curriculum Expectations

In the Grade 8 French as a Second Language program offered by Atlas Learning Zone, students will have the opportunity to reflect on the diverse French-speaking communities in Canada and Europe, which have contributed to the development of francophonie, while also exploring their own connection to the culture of these communities. As they begin learning the language, they will acquire new vocabulary to describe various cultural elements in French-speaking European communities, compare them with French-speaking communities in Canada, learn about the advantages of being fluent in French, explore sports that were created by First Nations people, and learn how to express their opinions and persuade others, among other things.

The students are encouraged to use listening strategies to identify language conventions used to critique, express opinions, and persuade. They are also taught to engage in self-reflection and use feedback from teachers to identify their strengths and set goals for themselves. When speaking in French, they learn to rely on prior knowledge and visual cues to produce rehearsed and increasingly spontaneous messages, while also producing oral and written communication about issues that interest them to demonstrate their comprehension about various topics.

The French as a Second Language program expectations are divided into four distinct yet interconnected strands:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

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