Struggling in French doesn’t mean you have to quit. And mastering French doesn’t end in a classroom. In either scenario, a Markham-area French tutor can help a student develop their skills in the language.
Our tutors will drive to you in Markham, Richmond Hill and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Work with a Markham French tutor who knows your curriculum requirements, and not just the language
In Ontario, the French language plays an important role in education, as it does in society. All students wishing to obtain an Ontario Secondary School diploma must tackle French at some point, as it forms a curriculum requirement.
At School is Easy Tutoring in Markham, we provide tutoring in the French language for students who are rights holders, or who have been accepted in a French-language school. We also provide tutoring for French as a second language (FSL) programs in the public school system including:
- Core French
- Extended French
- French Immersion
Our in-home Markham French tutors are trained in the Ontario French language curriculum for each of the aforementioned programs. Plus, they not only come with degrees and experience tutoring the language, they may also be a member of the Ontario College of Teachers or have an independent school certification. Each comes with a criminal background check.
Regardless of the level your child is at with the French language, we are able to provide you with a qualified tutor who can assess their needs, and formulate a plan to help them become fluent.
In the French language, there is a great gulf between prose and poetry; in English, there is hardly any difference. It is a splendid privilege of the great literary languages Greek, Latin, and French that they possess a prose. English has not this privilege. There is no prose in English.
Watch out for these signs that your child may need a French-language tutor
Surely, you signed your child up for a French-language program with good intentions. Learning a second language can open up a bigger world for them later on. It can help with brain development. But the reality is that many students struggle with French, as important as it is in Canadian culture.
If you’re a Markham-area parent reading this page and still wondering if our services are a fit for you, we encourage you to watch out for these tell-tale signs that your child could use a French tutor. They may answer your question more readily.
Your student fares well in all subjects except those taught in French, or French class itself
If this is the case, it may be that comprehension of the French language is preventing your child from grasping the subject. If they are native English speakers in an FSL program, a trained tutor will be able to assess their language weaknesses and work through them. Or, they can otherwise find out if there is another problem (such as lack of interest, or other inadequacies).
Our tutors may also make recommendations about whether it would be wise to switch your child to an English stream, if the case is serious enough, academically.
Usually, with language, it’s constant usage that perfects the skill. Many learners of a second language testify that they ‘lose’ the language when they are not speaking it every day. In addition, students need to learn how to ‘think’ in a new cultural context to learn French. It’s not just about vocabulary memorization. A private French tutor can help with dialogue practice, and more.
Your student refuses to speak French at home, and speaks English to friends at school
If your child is showing that they simply don’t like using their French, it may signal a weakness in understanding the language, or appreciating it enough to get value out of it. French-language schools in Ontario can be composed of kids who use French at home with their parents, where this problem is less likely to occur.
If it is happening, however, the child may not be exposed to the language frequently enough outside the classroom. Language is one of those tasks we simply ‘do’ without thinking much about it, after we’ve gone through the struggle of learning it. So if French is being refused in and out of school, something else may be at the heart of the matter.
In an FSL program, non-native speakers need extra support outside the classroom to keep up with their studies, even if that means encouragement from parents, or more practice at home. A French tutor would be key to this additional support.
Your student wants to switch to an English stream at school, but you don’t want them to give up French entirely
The Globe and Mail has reported that a high percentage of those in French Immersion programs switch streams by grade 8. This could be because studying in French requires extra effort – you not only have to learn the subject, but the language too.
However, it could also be because it’s no longer enjoyable for the child, or the parents. If this is the case, it’s reasonable to allow your child to switch to English. In the meantime, a tutor can help you keep up the practice of the language with ongoing lessons at home. This can be a win-win for both sides.
And, the French-language tutoring lessons will come in really handy either way, since your child will need those skills to graduate in Ontario, even in an English stream.
Regardless of your reason, our Markham French-language tutors are here to help
If you’re still not sure, or if your reason for seeking a French tutor was not listed above, we’d be happy to discuss your case over the phone or by e-mail.
Give us a call, or fill out our online tutor booking form to get started with French tutoring.
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