Beaucoup de Français en Février*
On the heels of our annual French Immersion Day, the month of February held several other opportunities for Francophiles and Francophones of all ages! MS French students Skyped with English-learners at a middle school in Québec; US students partnered with kindergartners to create and perform French fairy tales; and the PFA Cultural Series sponsored a multicultural jazz concert led by French actress Irène Jacob for US students, faculty, and special quests (including the bien-aimé Monsieur Gary Mathieu)!
Mrs. Belanger’s 7th and 8th grade French students teleconferenced through their iPads with students at the École Sainte Marie in St. Jean-de-Dieu, Quebec. Mrs. Belanger has worked with the school’s MS English teacher for over a year to plan a variety of interactive activities for the students to swap off in English and French. They have exchanged photos, videos, and letters, and their Skype session brought it all together in full swing!
US & Kindergarten Fairy Tales
M. Collet’s French III students are learning the vocabulary and expressions for telling stories and fairy tales in French with some help from their "Consultants" in the kindergarten class, helped the US students brainstorm characters, setting, and plot. Both groups then got to work. Using paper and popsicle sticks, the K students made puppets of the characters, while the older students wrote the stories they had invented together in French and English. Finally, the French III students returned to the kindergarten to act out their stories with the puppets and draw scenes from the stories.
PFA Cultural Series Concert
Joining French actress Irène Jacob (star of films such as The Double Life of Véronique, and the Showtime TV drama The Affair) was her co-composer and virtuoso guitarist brother Francis. US French teacher Flavien Collet , who has known the Jacobs for five years, explains: “Their music is rooted in the French gypsy jazz tradition, punctuated by a worldbeat influence delivered by Senegalese bassist Mamadou Ba, and percussionist Alioune Faye.” The quartet recently released an album, En Bas de Chez Moi (Downstairs at My House), and they took time out of their North American tour to visit Bancroft!
*For our non-French speakers, the title means Lots of French in February!
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