Last week, the two Grade 4 classes performed Les Trois Petits Cochons (the Three Little Pigs), an evening presentation that showcased the students’ verbal French language skills. The students have been learning the story through the Accelerated Integrated Method (AIM), a programme that focuses on teaching French in an interactive way. Instead of using themes to teach single words, activities in class are based around stories like the Three Little Pigs. The creative use of story, drama and song provide second-language teachers with the opportunity to motivate and engage students learning French for the first time. The Grade 4 classes have been practicing reciting the story since January.
During the presentation the students wore pig ears and recited the story with actions for their parents. They capped off the show with a song and dance about the three little pigs. “It was interesting to see them perform like this, since each student had a different way of presenting their role and their lines,” says Junior School French teacher Ms. Stephanie Geehan.
“The parents seemed to really enjoy the evening, as I received a lot of positive feedback,” say Ms. Geehan. “One of the parents, who is from France, mentioned that the students spoke very well in French.”