Board help­ing peo­ple learn French

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The Con­seil sco­laire pub­lic du Grand Nord de l’On­tario (CSPGNO) says it has added a new com­po­nent to its web­site that helps peo­ple learn French.

Franco-Zone is a col­lec­tion of handy re­sources for peo­ple who want to learn ba­sic French, whether they are stu­dents, par­ents, or mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic.

In the spirit of its motto, “J’ ap­prends le français/I’m learn­ing French”, Franco-Zone pro­vides a va­ri­ety of learn­ing aids grouped un­der four cat­e­gories: vo­cab­u­lary, cor­re­spon­dence, re­sources for learn­ers and re­sources for teach­ers.

Par­ents can ac­cess use­ful learn­ing aids to ac­quire ba­sic vo­cab­u­lary they can use to ac­com­pany their chil­dren who are learn­ing French. They can also find a num­ber of typ­i­cal forms that schools send to par­ents. This sec­tion is es­pe­cially use­ful, be­cause the trans­la­tion ap­pears on screen, sen­tence by sen­tence, when a mouse pointer hov­ers over a line in the form.

Teach­ers can ac­cess a wide va­ri­ety of prac­ti­cal re­sources to help them teach ba­sic French to young An­glo­phone stu­dents, such as games and vo­cab­u­lary posters they can use in class.

“A grow­ing num­ber of chil­dren and par­ents whose first lan­guage of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is not French are choos­ing the CSPGNO be­cause of the high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices pro­vided in our French schools,” ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Marc Gau­thier said in a re­lease. “To them and to the gen­eral pub­lic as well, we want to pro­vide ad­di­tional re­sources to help them learn the French lan­guage.”

To ac­cess Franco-Zone, click on the Franco-Zone icon on the home page of the CSPGNO web­site at

The CSPGNO of­fers a French­language pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion in 11 el­e­men­tary schools and eight sec­ondary schools in the com­mu­ni­ties of Mark­stay, Noëlville, Greater Sud­bury, El­liot Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Dubreuil­ville, Marathon, Man­i­touwadge and Longlac.

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