On Tuesday evening, your child brought home a French article to practice reading aloud. He/she was asked to select two paragraphs to read to himself/herself, or to you. While reading aloud, and if possible, your child should also record himself and listen to the recording after. This can be done a few times using the same passage to see if he/she can improve his/her pronunciation and speed.
At the intermediate level, reading in French will become more challenging as the students are constantly exposed to new vocabulary. To avoid falling behind, it is important that they read in French on a daily basis and discuss their reading with an adult. I personally prefer quality over quantity. Less is more. The more your child will revisit new vocabulary and try using it when writing and speaking, the better he will remember those words after. I like to remind the students that we are massaging a text when reading it. Wo do so by taking the time to go over new vocabulary, sharing our understanding with a adult or classmate and trying to summarize in a few sentences what the main idea of the text was.
With this recent article, and to encourage the students to learn new vocabulary, I’ve also asked that they select four new words from it.
Here is a list of the words they chose, should you want to discuss them at home as well. Some words will be new to them but it is a good way to practice and improve. Not all words need to be memorized but the most they talk about those words and try using them in context, the easier it will be to remember them.
Some strategies that the students can use to help them understand the meaning of a new word can be:
- Can you see a small word inside this new word?
- Does this word remind you of an English word?
- In context, what do you think the writer meant to say? Can you try to guess?
One of the last strategies we use is the dictionary. Because it is time consuming, it can be discouraging.
Please remember that not all words need to be understood. When supporting your child at home with his/her French reading, you can ask him/her to try to answer the following questions:
- What is this text about?
- What important information should you tell me?
- Who is involved in this? Who are they talking about?
- Where/When is this taking place?
- Why is this happening?
- What was the most difficult part of this text? What did you do to help you understand this text?
I hope this helps!
Have a great day,