The ability to speak French in this global age provides a great advantage for students and is a key factor in academic success. Learning our country’s second official language will not only enhance a student’s overall skills in learning, but can also expand his/her career opportunities, promote understanding of different cultures, and create bilingual citizens of our children.
Beginning in Grade Four and continuing until Grade Eight, our students begin with simple words that eventually grow into complete and complex conversations. Our curriculum focuses on an intense study of grammar, creative writing, and conversations. Learning a second language at an early age is always a positive influence on a young student’s mind. We also believe it is important to learn about other cultures: how wonderful it is that within our own country we have another language to explore and research.
In September 2010, the AIM (Accelerative Integrated Methodology) Language Learning Program was introduced to RHMS. Students are given the opportunity to achieve excellent levels of oral and written fluency. The goal of AIM is to motivate students and help them become successful second language learners through drama, music, and creative writing. It also includes an inductive approach to Grammar. The AIM program is, by far, the most comprehensive and effective approach to language teaching and learning utilized in the world today.
Each fall, students participate in our French Poetry and Short Story Contest, giving them a creative outlet to showcase their proficiency in French.