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Junior High Explores Montreal
Posted 03/20/2018 05:33PM
Last week, Far Brook Seventh and Eighth Graders expanded their horizons in Montréal, where their French curriculum came to life as they explored historic places, practiced using their language with French-speaking Canadians, and immersed themselves in Québécois culture. Before the trip, the classes studied the history of French influence in North America, learning about French explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain, and wrote letters to their Canadian pen pals in French.

Highlights of the adventure included a cooking workshop, where students prepared a three-course Québécois meal; a ghost tour of Montréal; a circus workshop in the spirit of Cirque du Soleil where they created their own Bâton de fleur (flower sticks); and a visit to École St-Ambroise, where they met their pen pals and got to know them by playing interactive games. Students enjoyed free time for exploring the city in small groups; they practiced their French skills as they ordered lunch or made purchases, and were surprised to often receive replies in English. They learned that this bilingual dialogue is a hallmark of the Québécois culture. At a graffiti workshop, students learned about the importance of graffiti as a public art form, created their own tag, and later went on a walking tour to see the murals and other examples of public art in the city. At the Cabane à Sucre (Sugar Shack), our students learned the traditional method of making maple syrup and enjoyed an evening of dancing and music. This memorable week brought French Class to life for our Junior High students.

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