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April 26: Rainbow District School Board Franco-Rainbow Lip Sync Contest

Close to 500 French Immersion and Core French students in Rainbow Schools will take centre stage to participate in the Franco-Rainbow competition. The lip sync contest with French songs will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sudbury Secondary School.

Students in Grades 1 to 8 won the honour of competing in the Board-wide event by capturing first place at in-school competitions in primary, junior and intermediate divisions. Overall winners will be announced in four categories. A new open category for intermediate students has been introduced. In this new category, students will write their own lyrics to their favourite song and perform it karaoke style. There will also be a participation award in each division. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to winning groups in each of the categories.

“Franco-Rainbow is one of many authentic experiences that serve to promote the French culture among our Core French and French Immersion students,” says Norm Blaseg, Director of Education for Rainbow District School Board. “Students not only explore French music, they also learn French songs and hone their listening skills as well as engage in writing lyrics. In addition, they work in groups, which emphasizes oral communication and team building skills. And they get to practice their French by participating in an activity that is fast-paced and fun.”

The aim of the Core French program is to develop basic communication skills in French and an understanding of the nature of the language, as well as an appreciation of French culture in Canada and in other parts of the French-speaking world. The Core French program offers students the opportunity to develop a basic usable command of the French language that can be expanded through further study at the secondary school level.

French Immersion, which provides a balance of English and French instruction in Rainbow Schools, immerses students in the French language including cultural experiences. The French Immersion program provides students with the skills they need to communicate in a second language, thereby enhancing their ability to perform effectively and meet with success in a rapidly changing global economy.


Media Contact:
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.