Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Middle-School Giveaway Contest

Who doesn't love a giveaway? Well, my blog buddy Krystal from Lessons From The Middle and Kate from Kate's Classroom Cafe have joined forces to collaborate on a giveaway ESPECIALLY for middle school teachers, as a little thank you for all you do!

(Of particular interest to my readers might be package #5 for foreign languages. Check it out & enter below!)

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I'm excited to be part of this event and there are lots of fantastic prizes to be won, something perfect for whatever your role is in the middle school or junior high!
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Friday, November 08, 2013

FSL and Reading Level

What grade level are YOUR students reading at? I understand that FSL is French as a SECOND Language and that means that students, even after 7 years of "immersion" (or what really amounts to XX hours of instruction en français per day/week/year/total) but I was pretty flabbergasted last year when it was such a struggle to get my students to read anything that was beyond a grade 2 level, with lots of pictures.

I took this photo over the summer when visiting a local book store, because it struck me that this was the series that was most "coveted" amongst my students, and as I've never really taught primary myself, I didn't realize just how low-level this popular character was.

The most discouraging part was that my students included a lot of very avid readers, but that excitement just didn't extend to reading in their second language.  I'm talking about material ranging from pretty intense fantasy, the typical teen lit, to definitely more adult literature (such as Room, and the Game of Thrones series).  It was seriously depressing for me to realize that my students just had no interest in building their fluency in their second language, and to see them walk into class with an English novel an inch or so think, and a teeny tiny 30 page "chapter book" in French.

In late September this year, I asked a student if I could take a photo of her book choices when I saw this:

This student did let me know that she'd already read The Lightening Thief in English, but we agreed that it would be an acceptable choice this once as she focused on some vocabulary development, and practising reading strategies in general. 

A very trusted and respected colleague has reminded me a couple of times to visit La Courte échelle for some good age-appropriate selections that are original francophone works. I would love for you to leave a comment with your favourite intermediate French novel. Feel free to link to a blog post as well, if you've already shared that information in a post yourself.




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