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Why immersion?

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on February 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM

Having just come back from an enriching conference of world language teachers, The Northeast Conference on Learning Foreign Languages, I would like to share some important topics we discussed:

Why immersion? Why stay in the French language in class?

It is the most enjoyable way to learn a language! Going back and forth too much in different languages may diminish a child's interest and momentum. In addition, using only French (avoiding translation) will force students to listen to what is said in French, to use reasoning and deduction to figure out what a word or phrase is. Using these higher-level thinking skills are the best tool in learning and retaining a language.

Immersion mimics how a person learned his/her first language.


How to do immersion (Part I)

By choosing activities and themes that are of interest to the child, the children will be motivated to pay attention to what is said in the language, to connect the word or phrase to the activity we are doing, to know the context of that word or phrase and eventually be able to use the word or phrase themselves.Children are naturally very curious so using activities that ignite that curiosity is key!  Qu’y a-t-il dans la maison ? What is in the house? Qu’y a-t-il dans la boîte ? What is in the box? Comment fabriquer la neige ? How do we make snow? Quel animal est-il? What animal is it?  

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