How do you make learning French meaningful and engaging? These two conditions need to be met at Immanuel Christian School in order to have students not only learn French but appreciate its value.
For the past 7 years Immanuel have been using thematic units from Acti Vie and Tout Ados. This versatile program from Nelson publishing allows us to select units which help develop our mission as a Christian school. We work to prepare our student to make valuable contributions to a multi-cultural Canadian society.
Selecting units allows for vocabulary building in areas that are important to a child’s development. Is the vocabulary consumer focused, aimed at helping students satisfy their own needs, or is it service focused, aimed at helping students develop a vocabulary that enables them to meet the needs of others. We have the opportunity to help students develop a vocabulary dealing with career choices, exploring family and interpersonal relationships, developing personal health and fitness, creating environmental awareness and more.
Learning a language is an important part of developing a more intimate understanding of another culture, and with the study of French, to better understand an important culture within our own country.
The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Genesis 11:6-7 (New International Version)
This was God’s decision in response to man trying to create a monolithic culture. This suggests that God wanted to see a diversity of cultures and languages. Rather than one dominate culture covering the whole earth, God forced people to diversify into smaller groups, whether as tribes or nations, to explore what it means to live in response to the part of the world in which God placed them.
When our students organize a French Café, setting out French menus and treats, they have an opportunity to use their French to serve others. This role playing has been done following a parent meeting at school, during a noon hour at school, and at Durham Christian Homes. This is just one example of how their French instruction can be both engaging and meaningful.