French Immersion

Ms. Ballou’s French III and IV classes participated in a French immersion field trip in late November.  Students spent a ninety-minute lunch period at the Kopper Kettle whereby all communication was strictly in French.  Language immersion is a method of teaching a second language in which the target language (French) is used as the means of instruction.  Unlike more traditional language instruction methods, immersion methods use the targeted language as a teaching tool, surrounding or “immersing” the students in the second language.  The origins of language immersion instruction are found in the 1960s where dual language acquisition was a goal of the Quebec educational system.



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