• Class Overview - for the 2021-2022 school year

  • frenchPlay3This year, your child will be learning from a French program, called Histoires en action! This program has proven to be a revolutionary new approach to second language instruction. It is based upon the use of stories and music for the teaching of French. Specifically designed stories that are written in the form of plays become the focus for a range of motivating language activities that help students develop confidence and competence in the language as they progress through each story unit.

    This approach allows language development to be supported and nurtured within the familiar, predictable context of a story that is the focus for the unit’s work. Music is integrated with the story, and in each unit of this program, students will learn to perform a play and song to accompany that play. The vocabulary has been carefully selected and essential for students during the initial stages of their language learning.

    Another component of this program is the Gesture Approach, a technique that uses hand signs to help students learn and remember this important vocabulary found in the plays, songs and other activities. There is an equal, strong emphasis on the development of all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) through a program that meets the needs of all language learners and their learning styles. Activities are varied, so that students have the opportunity to work individually, in partners, in small groups, and as a whole class.

  • In order to do well in French this year, your child will:

    • participate actively in class;
    • memorize the play;
    • work cooperatively within a small group while practising the play;
    • work cooperatively with others in the class while answering questions, both orally and in written form;
    • learn the gestures covered in class;
    • learn the gesture associations;
    • participate in songs and games with enthusiasm;
    • complete class work and hand it in on time;
    • keep corrections up-to-date;
    • seek help when needed.
  • Assessment

    Students will be assessed on their ability to:

    • identify the words associated with gestures covered;
    • use French spontaneously, both with the teacher and with peers;
    • pronounce words correctly;
    • answer questions both orally and in writing;
    • re-tell the play, both orally and in writing (later this year);
    • memorize the play;
    • perform the play;
    • listen well;
    • learn to refine their language skills as they progress through the program;
    • co-operate with peers while working with a partner or in their play group;
    • participate with enthusiasm;
    • complete work on time;
    • stay focused and productive in class.

    I am looking forward to a great year!

    M. Sorley

  • French Teacher

    • Mr. Michael Sorley

      Mr. Michael Sorley


      Mr. Sorley received his Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. Prior to teaching, Mr. Sorley worked for 11 years as an Educational Assistant in the CISVA. He has been teaching at St. James and St. Ann’s School since 2020. He is grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and is excited to be teaching French and Applied Design, Skills and Technologies (ADST). Mr. Sorley is also running the library this year.