Bon Courage to Our Language-Learners

By Isabelle Moore, Middle School Faculty
As a Middle School French teacher, one of my favourite parts of spring is seeing students in Grades 8 to 12 prepare for the DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française). When I run into them in the hallway, we talk about verb tenses and the “bon mot” for a specific context. We discuss being polite in French as well as how to use different expressions to share your opinion. It reminds me that language learning is very much alive and well at Crescent School!
Learning a second language has many benefits in addition to being able to communicate in a new language. Boys are able to see different perspectives and understand cultural differences all while adding to their skillset. Continuing a second language opens up many doors in postsecondary education and careers for the boys.
The DELF is an internationally recognized (in 164 countries!) exam that is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)  To prepare for it, the boys have been busy taking part in mock exams. It is such a pleasure to watch them flex their French muscles as they integrate all of the vocabulary and grammar concepts they have mastered. The exam prioritizes spontaneous communication and relevant topics. The boys are encouraged to speak about current events and to write summaries of articles they read.
This rite of passage represents all the hard work our boys have done in their many years of French classes. The DELF exam consists of four parts (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and it is marked by certified correctors and acknowledged by the French government. We celebrate these boys’ accomplishments on Prize Day each year.
None of our boys need luck, as they are certainly well prepared, but we do wish them bon courage!

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