In seven years at Amalgamated Academy, some 230 students have begun Late French Immersion in Grade 7. Our school has been steadily amassing resources and expanding and developing our program. We wish to further challenge our students by encouraging them to seek new language connections, and to expand their knowledge of French speaking people and their culture by first establishing links to Canadians in Quebec City and then throughout the world. We would do this through the development of a Resource-Based Learning unit on the Quebec Winter Carnival. This would provide students with a cultural context for the trip taken to Quebec every 2 years by our school. As well, we wish to establish an educational and communicative partnership with an intermediate school to initiate correspondence that would complement French language learning at the intermediate level and that would continue as students progressed to higher grades.
The main curriculum areas that would be addressed through such a unit would include the areas of: French Language Arts (Francais), Social Studies, and Music. The following is a brief description of what would be addressed from each area.
This project would allow French Immersion students to use the language in authentic situations of communication.
Having the Stellar Schools Internet Connection will allow us to build upon our present resources (kits, pictures, videos, texts, music and slides) on the Carnival. The added bonus of possible direct communication with the Quebecois by our students would be an invaluable resource which we at present do not have. This exposure to such a wealth of information could only take place by direct communication which later will be followed up by student travel and possibly school visits.
The evaluation of the project would come directly from the Intended Learning Outcomes previously stated for this project. They are as follows:
___ Write letters to new friends exchanging personal
information and sharing experiences using E-mail.
This project will motivate students to improve their reading and writing skills for real life communication. The success of this program may be evaluated by analyzing the improvements made in French skills, by assessing how knowledgeable the students become after the research project is completed and by gauging their level of interest in the research and in continuing contact with new friends via e-mail.