Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our New Students Amanda and Jake!

One of the most gratifying things about implementing the REAL LANGUAGE right away curriculum over the last few years is seeing how much more easily new students integrate into our French program. Denise and I teach a K-8 French program at the Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, IL. Over the years, it has often been challenging to know how to help new students adapt to the program without having the background that the other students have.

This year, I’ve had the privilege of starting Level II of REAL FRENCH tout de suite with my 6th grade class. My two new students, Amanda and Jake, who have been taking French for just 13 weeks, have adapted incredibly well this year. I am amazed at their level of comprehension and production, as well as their overall confidence and enjoyment of learning French. When asked about how the method works, Jake said, “It forces you to speak French.” Amanda added, “I like it because you actually get the chance to talk in French instead of having a grammar lesson in a language that you can’t really speak.”

Here is a video of the two of them practicing a conversation – you can see, they are very comfortable!


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