Lenape French Room

JUNE 2013

WELCOME TO THE LAST FLYER ................................................... .......................................OF THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR!

CROISSANT DAY

We pre-ordered literally hundreds of croissants. Bon Appétit!

(If you didn't already know, you can click on any thumbnail to see the full photograph.)


LEARNING HOW TO SHOP IN A MARKET (part one of two)

One activity that the French One students did to learn about shopping in a market was to listen to a few recorded conversations. For each one, they tried to draw/jot down as much information as they could: item being purchased, portion/quantity requested, and price. They took notes on individual white boards. (Thanks for all the used dryer sheets that you sent in. They work great for erasing!) After they finished listening and taking notes, they reviewed the information by speaking about it (in French) to their partner.


LEARNING HOW TO SHOP IN A MARKET (part two)

Another activity that the French One students did in order to practice ordering/requesting food in a market involved the game of "message téléphonique". You know it as "Whisper Down the Lane"! Each student wrote a sentence including three parts: a requesting expression {such as "I would like to buy"} a specific, logical quantity, and a food/drink {such as "a kilo of apples"}. They then stood in circles of about six students and sent their message around the circle. The last student to receive the message had to write it down. During the sending, and again during the writing, students were encouraged to use what they knew would be logical words and expressions to help fill in the blanks of anything that they did not hear clearly. At the end, each student read his/her original sentence to the group, and then the last person who heard it and wrote it down, read his/her version of the sentence to the group. By the end, they had each practiced writing, hearing, and speaking many different examples of things they might say or hear about shopping WHEN they go to a French-speaking country.



FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES IN AFRICA (part one)

Both the French One and the French Two students have been learning about French-speaking places in Africa, and focussing on the Ivory Coast.



The French Two students researched and prepared foods and drinks from a variety of French-speaking countries in both West and North Africa.


One of the favorite dishes was "Kedjenou," prepared with chicken, tomatoes, ginger, and rice. Alex M. and his father made this for dinner for their family, and then another whole crock-pot-full for us. There was enough of it that students in each of the French Two classes got to enjoy it. The French One students (whose classes are before those of French Two students) got to enjoy the aroma! If you would like to try making Kedjenou, you can find the recipe (along with others) here: www.foodbycountry.com/Algeria-to-France/C-te-d-Ivoire.html#b

FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES IN AFRICA (part two)

We also enjoyed a variety of lime cakes, sesame cookies, meat pies, drinks, and so much more! I know that this did not happen without the help of parents and guardians, so thank you, too!


FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES IN AFRICA (part three)

In addition to learning about the culture of francophone countries in Africa through their cuisine, the French Two students learned to play one of their popular games. In Côte d'Ivoire, it is known as "awalé," but you may know it already as "mancala." Although many students already had a mancala set at home, I wanted them to learn how to make their own fun. So, in pairs, they made their own game sets. Some of them were very creative!