French Aquisition: Week 3

Current tools of acquisition:

(plus previously mentioned tools and processes)

  • Monde Des Petits has an excellent section on their youtube page for stories! This is my 5 year old’s”quiet time” activity, to watch this same half hour of stories every day after lunch.
  • Peppa Pig comes in French too! Keeping with the theme of repetition, we focused on episodes about birthdays this week. Frenchy’s birthday is next week, so we will have the opportunity to use our newly learnt vocab in a real situation then.

Observations:

  • “Q’est-ce que c’est?” (“What is this?”) is an excellent phrase that can be used throughout the day to encourage conversation, and acquisition of new vocabulary in relevant situations. It also rides on the back of the children’s inherent curiosity for language, so they use it whenever they would like to extend their own vocabulary, and empowers them with the ability to govern this portion of their own learning.
  • My 5 year old comes to me every day with a new French word she has learnt from listening to the stories on the Monde Des Petits youtube page. I am certain that the repetition is improving her ear for the language, and there are many early childhood education theories that point out the importance of repetition for the learning process.
  • Due to being exposed to so many different accents within the English language, and therefore accepting that there are many different “correct” ways of saying many English words, I notice that I do not have a lot of diligence for speaking French with a “correct” accent. It is hard for me to understand the need to speak a word with a specific vowel sound, when I have to accept in my own daily life that all of my Australian, Scottish, British, South African, and American friends do not say their vowels the same way that I do.
    However, this understanding of accentual differences provides me with a curiosity to know more about different French accents, including Belgian, Canadian, Tahitian, and Francophone African.
  • Singing in French is helping me to discover new ways to use my voice. I notice that when I sing in French I do not start to lose my voice after singing for a while, like I do when I sing in English. I wonder if this is because the sounds are different, or if I subconsciously use my voice differently when using French, or if I position my mouth in a different way. More observation is necessary.
    Note that I have very minimal formal vocal training, my musical training is with classical Piano and Violin.
  • Frenchy mentioned when we were watching Peppa Pig en francais that she thinks I have progressed quickly.
  • The vocabulary used in Peppa Pig is extremely basic and repetitive, so whilst I do not consider this an appropriate educational tool (or passive entertainment option) when watched in the viewer’s first language, it is proving to be a very effective learning tool for second language acquisition. My children also enjoy this part of our language studies because it is an opportunity to engage in popular culture, which is not often available to them.

Goals for this week:

  • Review Peppa Pig birthday episodes, and encourage the children to use this vocabulary in relevant situations by using it myself and asking them to repeat what I say.
  • Review vocabulary to use at the zoo, beach and at the park on our family trip this weekend.
  • Sing!
  • Keep using Duolingo every day.
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