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ERIC Number: EJ995584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
French inside and outside the Classroom
Crowell, Joseph
Learning Languages, v17 n2 p8-9 Spr 2012
Many teachers of foreign languages struggle with finding alternative ways of exposing their students to the target language. At Kent Gardens Elementary School (KGES) in McLean, Virginia, many students participate in an immersion program from first grade to sixth grade. These students spend half of every school day immersed in French while learning the regular math, science and health curricula. A great deal of the materials are translated by county personnel to ensure that students are immersed not only through speaking, but also written language. In order to achieve fluency, teachers have come up with a multitude of methods for students to work in the target language. The hallmark of a good language teacher is the ability to permeate anything and everything with connections to the target language. By keeping students immersed at all times and introducing them to a variety of inputs, students no longer focus on the language itself, but the different media through which it is provided. While a curriculum can easily be introduced in the target language, bringing in other smaller activities, such as morning meeting greetings and guest presentations, helps to make the language less of a focal point for students and more of a state in which learning is achieved. Once this occurs, language learning occurs naturally.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia