Getting Started


The unit plans and lessons are in sequential order. Teachers may wish to repeat the content of lessons until students have acquired the language and/or structure(s). We suggest making adaptations based on their classroom composition and the needs of their students. Each unit has a set of vocabulary sheets designed to support language acquisition for your students and connected to the unit’s topic or theme. Feel free to include the phonetic versions for your students, or use them simply for yourself.


  • The learning objectives in student-friendly language
  • The new French vocabulary presented in the lesson, including translations and pronunciation help using English phonetic-writing
  • Vidéo du jour suggestion to play in the morning or at various times during the week which has vocabulary connected to the content of the lesson
  • Expressions de la semaine to write on the board as a visual reminder for students
  • Teacher instructions of strategies, games, and activities
  • Supporting materials (Activity organisers such as worksheets, games, presentations, etc.) *Some resources may need to be purchased (see list at end of this document)
  • Possible extension ideas or adaptations

Please note: Background knowledge (vocabulary, grammatical structures, etc.) builds upon previous lessons.


Communicative skills (spoken interaction, spoken production, written production, oral comprehension, written comprehension) are assessed using the same criteria strength-based rubric throughout the year. Formative assessments are embedded in each lesson.

Summative assessments: End of unit tâche finale descriptions are provided and connected to the rubrics. Personal and Social Awareness Core Competencies are to be self-assessed.

Click on the links below to access the following documents that can you help you get started with the unit plans :

  • Beginner’s French – French Sounds Support: This document is the visual key and aid for any French-only sounds that are included in the unit plans and activities, as well as keyboard support for French writing. ** You will be asked to trust this document to hear the audio files. Click on trust if you want to hear them.
  • Core French Proficiency Rubrics Grades 5-8 : The rubrics in this document can be used to assess the communicative learning standards of the curriculum and can be used for all assessment practices (to inform formative assessment and for any sommative assessment).
  • Resources to purchase for Grade 5: This document provides a list of resources that are recommended to purchase to use with some of the unit plan’s activities. Links are provided.
  • Interrogative words posters (with wordswithout words)SFU-OFFA has created eight PDF sets of common question words designed to support the written and oral comprehension of your students. We encourage you to download and print the posters that best fit the needs of your teaching context and practice and make them visible in your classroom.
  • Arnett, K. & Bourgoin, R. (2018). Access to Success. Pearson Canada Inc. 
  • Bourgoin, R. (2019). Soutenir les lecteurs en langue seconde. Pearson Canada Inc.
  • British Columbia Ministry of Education and Childcare, 2023. BC’s Curriculum: Core French 5. Province of British Columbia.
  • Frey, N., Hattie, J. & Fisher, D. (2018). Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners Grades K-12. Corwin Literacy.
  • Germain, C. (2018). The Neurolinguistic Approach (NLA) for Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages: Theory and Practice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Germain, C & Netten, J. (2005). “Place et rôle de l’oral dans l’enseignement/apprentissage d’une L2.” Babylonia. 2005: pp. 7-10.
  • Netten, J. & Germain, C. (2012). A new paradigm for the learning of a second or foreign language: the neurolinguistic approach. Neuroeducation, 1(1), 85–114. 
  • Lichtman. (2018). Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) : an Input-Based Approach to Second Language Instruction. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.