Et voilà! Students from College Vauban are visiting in April!
Ever since 2015, our exchange project with Vauban Middle School in Belfort, France, has evolved and our ties are stronger than ever with the signature of an agreement between the two schools, AND the realization of our ultimate goal - individual student mobility – with nine French students coming to Charlottesville in April, and one or maybe more Peabody students going to France in June.
How did it all start?
In spring 2015, after researching partner schools in Charlottesville for College Vauban, a French middle school with an International Section (with a partial English immersion curriculum ), contacted Maryline Meyer, as Peabody school seemed to a perfect match for them. Madame Meyer was thrilled right away and we planned on starting the project for the next school year! With dynamic teams on both sides, we quickly started monthly Skype exchanges between the classes and one of the teachers even visited Peabody in October 2015.
A sustainable and unique partnership.
What is best to learn a language than making friends with native speakers? Our French and American students take part in authentic communication situations. Over the years they have exchanged through varied activities (mainly games alternating between both languages) via Skype as a class, they have also sent each other postcards and emails, and have shared videos on Seesaw. We’re always looking at ways to improve, and now the students are more and more involved in creating the Skype activities because we want this project to be theirs. We’re also planning on organizing one-on-one chats in class so as to maximize their individual time using the target language, and some of them have already taken the initiative to communicate individually. We are in constant contact with our French colleagues to prepare the activities, and especially this year, to prepare the students’ trips! As of now, this program has benefited the current Grade 8 (starting in grade 6) and we hope to be able to extend it to more French classes.
Bienvenue les belfortains!
Our French friends from Belfort will be with us from April 9
th to the 23
rd. They will be attending our school with their hosting students and also go on excursions such as Monticello and Washington DC. They will live two intense unforgettable weeks and we hope you will have a chance to meet them. Thank you so much again to the host families for being part of this wonderful experience. We are all so excited to welcome them very soon!