Power of Pairs

Using pair work and group work when teaching languages is so great because it gives students far more opportunity to speak. In our language classes at ACST, we encourage our students to exchange opinions, practice new vocabulary and listen to their peers trying out their newly acquired language skills. Carefully planned activities and purposeful pairing means that children who are more able can model language for others and those who are less competent feel confident to experiment with language and will feel more at ease taking corrections from a peer rather than in front a whole class.

The photos below show Grade 3 students learning to tell the time, practicing with their partners using a teaching clock to say what time it is in French.

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Quelle heure est-il?

One of the goals for the World Language department this year is to try and develop curriculum and instruction in which language and content reinforce each other to deepen student learning. This means that where appropriate, we will integrate other subject matter into language learning and we will use the foreign language to reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines such as Math, Science and Social Studies.

For example, Grade 2 students at ACST have been learning to tell the time during their Math lessons. It’s been really insightful to see them making connections and using their newly acquired Math skills to tell the time in French. We will be doing some fun time-related activities this week and next week – making our own clocks, talking about our daily routine and what we do at certain times of the day, etc. Click on the video below for a sneak preview:

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