Students improve language skills

Marist_French_ImmersionNine Marist High School students enrolled in French participated in the 8th annual French Immersion Day at Dominican University along with nearly 150 participants from 28 area schools on March 5, 2016.

The national and the local American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) organizations sponsored the day, which seeks to further the knowledge of French language and culture.

All participants pledged to speak in French for the entire eight hour event. The participants ate a French breakfast of chocolate croissants, passed through customs, played board games, and sang and danced. Students prepared original skits called “situations” and played word games to further communication in French. They focused on French art, architecture, and culture. A highlight of the event was a treasure hunt on Dominican’s campus.

All of the classes and activities helped the participants attain the program’s and their personal goals of furthering their competence in the French language and of enhancing their knowledge of French culture.

The AATF applauds the efforts of these motivated young people and their teachers as they perfect their speaking competence, enhance their knowledge of history and culture of the francophone world, and promote the continued learning of the French language.

Marist High School offers a four year French program at three from the academic level to Advanced Placement. It also sponsors the French National Honor Society and French Club. Each year, students participate in an exchange program with a high school in Lyon, France. 

Front row from left: Amaris Shaffer ‘17, Michela Petrosino ’16, Griffin Kemp ’17, Olivia Sencion ’16; Back row from from left Elizabeth Seip ‘16, Karina Journet-Brizuela ’17, Mychaela Paetow ’17, Ellie Marino ’17, Jada Hayden ’16