• French Magnet Program France  Bienvenue! 

    French Program Contact
    Claire Frazier, cfrazie1@houstonisd.org

    French Program Overview

    At Kolter, students do not only learn how to speak and understand the French language, but they also gain exposure to several cultures and global issues: Mardi Gras and Louisiana, weather changes and le Carnaval de Québec, endangered species and African nations, the rain forest and Madagascar...

    We learn about major events such as the Tour de France (we even have a mini-reproduction of the race in 5th grade with the Tour de Kolter!), great inventions and French inventors (the bicycle and the Michaux Brothers); great foods and the influence of French cuisine (we celebrate King’s Day like French children do, have crêpes for Mardi Gras, and even may experience a Stinky Cheese Day...Tastebuds, be ready!).

    In the lower grades, students learn through nursery rhymes and short stories.  Students in the upper grades discover Les Contes de Perrault (fairy tales), the Fables de la Fontaine, and the novels of Jules Verne.

    A command of the French language opens communication in 55 countries across five continents.  Over 200 million people use French as their primary language. Children at Kolter discover a new appreciation for other cultures in various nations such as Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, and many African nations. The French language and culture opens doors to art, music, fashion, food, architecture, and literature.  French is the language of many great literary masterpieces such as The Three Musketeers, The Little Prince, and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.  French is the official working language of the United Nations, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic commitee, the International Red Cross, and much more!