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Out of School Learning Experiences

Out of School Learning Experiences

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What kind of out of school learning experiences do you create in your foreign language classroom? Do your students participate in volunteer work, service learning projects, study abroad trips, fields trips, or other local or community events that involve the target culture and language? I would love to hear your ideas!

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brahim elouafi
teacher of English at a high school Morocco

hi Elvera,
Perhaps one of the best motivating technique we can opt for as an out_of_school activity is to assing project work to volunteer students.The topics of these project work preferably bear uppon themes studied in the program.one of the merits of this in to help students demonstrate autonomous learning.
All the best

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

[quote]hi Elvera,

Perhaps one of the best motivating technique we can opt for as an out_of_school activity is to assing project work to volunteer students.The topics of these project work preferably bear uppon themes studied in the program.one of the merits of this in to help students demonstrate autonomous learning.

All the best[/quote]

Brahim,

Excellent idea! Have you done any projects that involve volunteer work with your students? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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I think that if my students can do anything, and I mean anything that involves interacting with a person or object in French outside the classroom, then I did something right. I believe they have to take baby steps towards testing their skills in the world. I always recommend starting with things they love to do. I will tell them things like "what is your favorite movie? Have you tried watching it in French? Have you tried subtitles? How about your favorite video game, can you set up the language to French? Have you tried switching your cell phone menu to French?" I constantly make that kind of suggestions to beginners.
After a while trying these simple practices, they will usually build enough confidence to directly interact with the foreign world.

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Madame Tammy
K-8 French,Music, Dance, and Drama, from Ontario, Canada

We began by putting on plays (memorized - simple), first for ourselves, then for younger classes, then the school and finally for parents - in French. See: AIM Language Learning. Lately, we have moved beyond the plays and invited a chef to spend a morning cooking with us - en francais. Lots of scaffolding was involved, but the day was great. We have prepared introductory videos of ourselves to exchange with another school in the district. We have used Skype to talk with francophones (friends of mine). I think that having seen the materials on this site I can do all of these, more effectively and I am searching for other ideas as well.

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Madame Tammy
K-8 French,Music, Dance, and Drama, from Ontario, Canada

This year we paired up with an intermediate class in another school an hour away. We held introductory conversations via Skype. These were great (2 on 2 to reduce stress) and authentic. Now the other school is coming to visit for a morning preparing food under the guidance of a local French chef, lunch together and a broom ball game after lunch - all in French of course.

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