French - Term 4, 2020

2020 French Workshop about ‘Developing Students Engagement’ 

Un grand ‘merci’ to teachers across Aoteroa New Zealand who have put their hands up to be part of this year’s ‘Developing Students' Engagement’ workshop. 
As the National French Adviser this was one of my main goals. This workshop aimed to grow a better understanding of what students’ engagement meant when learning a language and how teachers could enhance their teaching, resources and pedagogy to ensure students would successfully learn French and reach their potential. 

This workshop also focused on activities that put whanaungatanga (relationship) at the centre and students being active contributors to their learning. From my side, what came out of this workshop is knowing that that our ākonga are in such good hands thanks to dedicated and caring kaiako. To put numbers behind words, there were over 70 teachers who signed up and this took place in 8 different towns around the country.

Once again ‘merci beaucoup’ to those who came along and I hope this was a useful workshop. 
Bien à vous

Guillaume Charton – National French Adviser

October French-English Bilingual Schools Seminar

Thanks to the collaboration between FRENZ, the Embassy of France and Future Learning Solutions, a two-day long French English bilingual units seminar was delivered in October. This seminar enabled teachers to reflect on their programmes, resources and pedagogical practices to support their students to further develop their confidence and fluency in French.

This event, the first of its kind, was a great opportunity for teachers to meet and discuss strategies to meet the specific needs of their students. A sincere ‘merci beaucoup’ to each organization and to teachers for their positivity and forward thinking. 

TV5 Monde Plus

Top-End Online French Documentaries and Movies Free to View 

TV5 Monde is upgrading its online platform to now feature a plethora of high-quality documentaries and movies to teach and learn French. This global francophone channel has partner channels such as France Télévisions, Radio-Canada, Télé-Quebec, RTS and RTBF, its own productions (news, cultural magazines, documentaries) and African co-productions and podcasts.

Use the link to view TV5 Monde Plus:
Needless to say TV5 Monde still offers resources to teach French using the European Framework under ‘Langue Francaise’.

French Clusters

It takes two to be a team, to share, care and support each and be stronger to further develop French in your local or wider community. Why not team up with either a feeder school or another high school from the same town or from a different location in New Zealand?  If you are keen, but do not know how to go about this, please contact Guillaume Charton at e-mail:

Compétition Orale de Français, 4 November 2020 

French Speech Competition for Intermediate Students in Auckland

This year more than 50 students came to Auckland Normal Intermediate to deliver speeches, songs and poems in French in front of their peers this start of November. Despite Covid19 setbacks this was a successful event with intermediate and high schools attending.

The topics of this year’s speeches covered a wide range of matters, from the environment to being a teenager, which showed excellent control of spoken French. Students’ performances were outstanding in the talent show.  They proved to be excellent singers in songs such as La Vie en Rose, On Ecrit sur les Murs, Aux Champs Elysées etc. The goal of this competition is to develop students’ confidence in speaking French, foster a sense of community and lift the profile of learning French.

Thank you to all the students and their teachers and participating schools: Epsom Girls' Grammar School, Auckland Normal Intermediate, St Cuthbert's College, Sancta Maria College and St Kentigern College.
Merci beaucoup to Jasmine Hanaway, host of this year’s Competition Orale which celebrated its 12-year anniversary in 2020.

All articles by Guillaume Charton – National French Adviser