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Tips for Reading

The most important foundation for reading is established before your child goes to school. There is nothing more important that you can do for your child than to establish a love of books and an appreciation of the written word.

xpose your child to English and French reading material as often as possible. Use a variety of genres (i.e. newspapers, comic books, fiction, and non-fiction). Discuss content with your child and encourage verbal feedback. Model reading to show that books can be a form of entertainment as well as a source of information.

Libraries and Book Clubs are an excellent source for obtaining quality reading material. Parents can assist their child in learning how to locate information and resources which will support his/her learning.

There are several differences between French and English pronunciation that might be most obvious as you read along with your child:

  •  consonants are essentially the same;
  •  there are significant differences between the sounds of the vowels;
  •  h is always silent in French;
  •  an s at the end of a word, to indicate the plural, is silent;
  •  qu sounds like k (not kw as quiet);
  •  th is pronounced t;
  •  ch is pronounced like the English sh;
  •  i is pronounced like the long English e (see);
  •  ou in French always sounds like troop (not out);
  •  oi sound like wa in wash;
  •  au and eau have the long o sound (go);
  •  ez has the long a sound (say);
  •  accents change the sounds of vowels;
  •  è sounds like the short English e (peck) ;
  •  é sounds like the long a sound (say);