ERIC Number: ED223067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
French for Children: Aspects of an Elementary School Foreign Language Program.
Kodjak, Barbara H.; Hayser, Kathleen
An elementary school foreign language program and the French curriculum are described. French and Spanish are among the electives offered as part of a New Jersey magnet school for gifted children from preschool through grade 5. Participation in the daily half-hour instruction is entirely optional and has been growing in popularity during the 5 years the magnet school has been in operation. Among the aspects of the program described are: teaching methods, the arrangement of the classroom, class exercises, learning activities, and instructional materials. Role play, skits, stories, puppet shows, rhymes, question and answer sessions, vocabulary review, and quiz shows are among the learning activities conducted at the various age and proficiency levels. This program demonstrates that a successful foreign language program can be implemented without great expense in almost any elementary school with students of all ability levels. Children who have elected to learn a second language at a young age appear to enjoy learning the language for its own sake rather than because it may be useful in later life. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey (Montclair)
Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (29th, New York, NY, April 1-4, 1982).