I am a French teacher at a secondary school in Toronto, Canada with 14 years of experience. I completed my Masters of Education degree with a specialization in Second Language Acquisition. I had the opportunity to work and learn from some of the leaders in this field, such as Miles Turnbull, Sharon Lapkin and Birgit Harley and for that, I am very thankful.

I currently teach both Core French and French Immersion and I absolutely love it. I am always seeking opportunities to learn and improve my teaching. My goal is to help students increase their oral proficiency in French. I’m trying to get away from the traditional grammar lesson and worksheet method of teaching. I’ve been doing that more and more over the last few years, but I would like to do that in virtually every lesson. Although I do believe that there needs to be a balance, I have never believed in extremes. I would like to share my experiences in the classroom as I embark on the journey of increasing students’ oral proficiency with you. Please let me know what you think. Hopefully, we can all learn from each other!


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  1. RC says:

    Bonjour Monsieur! Comment allez-vous? I attended a conversational french class in the summer of 2010. I like the language a lot. I have the Rosetta Stone CD and I listen to the french radio station occasionally (even though I don’t understand half of what they’re saying). I will be migrating to Canada soon, so you could say that finding you here on WP is sort of a blessing. With that said, in your opinion, what do you think is the best way to learn this beautiful language?

    Merci beaucoup!

    Au revoir.

  2. Mme Martin says:

    A fellow francophile! The best way is to keep doing what you’re already doing…listen to French as much as possible and seize every opportunity to practice speaking. The more you practice, the better you will get at it. I’m not sure where you’ll be in Canada, but a good place to start might be to take some classes at the Alliance française (http://www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/). That way you will meet other people with whom you can speak in French. For more listening practice, you can try french.yabla.com. It is by subscription, but it gives you access to many short videos and the transcript is provided for you in both French and English. It might be easier to comprehend because you will have the visuals, plus you can follow along with the French and / or English subtitles. I hope this helps!

  3. I have enjoyed reading through your blog! I am a new teacher with FSL and have created a blog of my own as well with a wide variety of resources, including FSL (www.fslandbeyond.blogspot.ca) I have listed you as one of the top 5 bloggers for FSL – please let me know if this is not OK. Like you said, I hope we can learn from each other! 🙂

  4. Corrie says:

    Mme Martin,
    Hello! My name is Corrie Kociscin and I have been teaching FLES and Level 1 French for 12 years now in Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA. I am currently working on my Masters in Education with a specialization in Technology in the Classroom. Part of my assignment is to research blogs and participate in discussions. I have read some of your blog postings and I want to thank you. It is wonderful to see the passion for language that we both share. I have tried over the past two years to incorporate more immersion into my classroom. Honestly, I am a little nervous about doing this. I tend to revert back to English to appease my students. But, with my current Master’s work I am more determined than ever to make the immersion a priority. Any suggestions for a nervous teacher? Thank you for your comments about your classes and activities. I am loving the inspiration!!! I will be reading more and taking some of your ideas. MERCI!!!

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