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The goal is to incorporate a program called Vista Higher learning platform (VHL) to help my French students to become more efficient in learning the Listening and Speaking components for learning French.

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21st Century French Learners

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School:
Barron Collier High 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Juniace Etienne 
 
Juniace Etienne 
Students Impacted:
110 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
August 12, 2021

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Schoen Foundation - $1,993.36

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 71

 

Outcomes


This grant allows me to witness the potentialities of the "21st Century French Learners". The students were divided into groups.

 

 Group 1: Writing Station: Ecriture


Students wrote sentences using the structure concept of Temps Present (Past Tense) Passe Compose (Past Tense) with: ER, IR, RE.

  

Group 2: Reading Station: Lecture


Students read sentences and made prediction of what the sentences could mean in English.


Group 3: Listening/Speaking Station: Parlez/Ecoutez


Students read the sentences using the Apple Translation App to analyze how:

1. well the Translation App can understand their French pronunciation 

2. accurate the App can translate the French sentences into English.

 

Overall, it was a great learning experience for both the students and me. I had the privilege to observe how well the students can collaborate when they are working in-group to formulate the best possible French sentences using ER, IR, RE in verbs using both Present and past tenses.


Final outcomes:


Students learned, even when they have access to technology devices and Translation Apps, they still need to learn and understand the structure foundation of the French language to avoid catstrophes by mispronouncing words.    


 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal is to incorporate a program called Vista Higher learning platform (VHL) to help my French students to become more efficient in learning the Listening and Speaking components for learning French. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will use the VHL program to assist them with the speaking and listening aspect of the program. With the use of iPads, the students will be work in groups to “WL.K12.NM.1.2: Demonstrate understanding of everyday expressions dealing with simple and concrete daily activities and needs presented in a clear, slow, and repeated speech.” Additionally,


“Speaking: WL.K12.IH.4.6: Formulate and deliver a presentation on an assigned topic using multimedia resources to support the presentation.”

The goal is to prepare students to be to listen and to speak in French. The classroom will be divided in four centers: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.

Reading Center: Students will be reading simple articles in French. The strategy of Know, want to Know, want Learn (KWL) chart will be used to allow students identify the vocabulary words that they already, the words that they want to know more about, and what they would like to learn about the article. I will go over the new vocabulary words with the students and I will have them repeat the words after me for better pronunciation.

Writing Center: The writing center is a continuity of the Reading Center. Students will have the opportunity to explain why they want to know more about the vocabulary they had written in their KWL chart. Students can write or draw pictures to justify their answers.

Listening Center: Students will be able to use the IPAD to listen to native speakers read the article in order to “Demonstrate understanding of everyday expressions dealing with simple and concrete daily activities…” Students will be able to read along with the native speakers. Students will be able to practice their listening skills in order to learn how to present information in a “clear, slow, and repeated speech”. For more interacting and engaging tasks, I will have students complete listening activities from VHL based on the same theme as the article to reinforce the skills.


Speaking Center: I will select activities from VHL “on an assigned topic” based on the same theme as the article in order for students to have an interactive conversation with familiar vocabulary words. I will have students participate in a conversation and respond to what the other person says on the VHL platform. I will encourage students to carefully listen to the conversation in order to record the appropriate answer. I will use the IPAD as a multimedia resource to support that presentation. By implementing the strategies listed, students will be able to achieve the goal of becoming more efficient in learning the Listening and Speaking components for learning French.

The iPads are critical for the students to becoming more efficient in learning the Listening and Speaking components for learning French. Learning the language of French is based on four components: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The School District had chosen VHL a wonderful platform for students to learn the four components. VHL is an effective platform to learn French, the iPads will assure that when the students come to class they will have all the resources that they need to succeed in all the learning Centers.

The goal is to provide 5 iPads to 5 students in order to access Vista Higher Learning (VHL) platform more efficiently to learn the Listening and the Speaking components for learning French.

Students had also received an individual laptop from the School District. Unfortunately, students tend to have difficulty having their laptops with them at all. A classroom set of 5 iPads would allow those students to access and navigate VHL and continue their learning process without any interruption.
 

 

Benefits to my students

The ability to learn French effectively by accessing VHL platform is a must to master the Speaking and the Listening components of the language. Having a classroom set of 5 iPads would tremendously improve the learning process. Students will be able to complete tasks such as Interpersonal Speaking/Listening: Conversation to which they have to interact with a Live Online scenario build in VHL platform to promote engagement and relatable conversation. Students will learn how to:


1. Understand a conversational format
2. Participate in a conversation
3. Preview the conversation before responding
4. Respond to what the other person says
5. Record their part in each conversational exchange and in addition to the Reading and Writing Centers.
6. Students actively engaged
7. Students taking ownership of their learning

 

 

Budget Narrative

I would like to thank Champions for Learning’s Donors for the opportunity such as, requesting a grant to enhance the educational process for my students. The goal for this grant is to incorporate a program called Vista Higher learning platform (VHL) to help my French students to become more efficient in learning the Listening and Speaking components for learning French while reinforcing their vocabulary skills. The students will be able to hear the pronunciation, learn new words, and then complete the task.

The iPad is $329.00 each, Local Tax is $19.74 per device, and Collier County Public School (CCPS) requires $ 50 budget per iPad for mobile technology. The total amount is $1993.70.

I thank you in advance.


 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 iPad $398.74
2 iPad $398.74
3 iPad $398.40
4 iPad $398.74
5 iPad $398.74
  Total: $1,993.36

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