First Year for French Offered at MRH
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has added French to the foreign languages offered at the High School. The Foreign Language Department now includes Spanish and French. There are two French classes this school year all at the French I level. Thirty-two students who elected to take the class are learning the beginning essentials of the French language.
Michelle Roman, French I teacher, is starting her first year at MRH. She explains her love of the French culture and how she combines it with her teaching. “With this being the first year of French at this District I think the community is really embracing it, especially the students. They are so enthusiastic when they come to class and as they learn new words,” said Roman. “Soon we will have an entire unit dedicated to food, I know they will love that.”
Roman incorporates an activity known as TPRS into her curriculum, which stands for Teaching Proficiency Through Reading. Each week she tells a story to the class, in French. As she narrates the tale, students repeat aloud key words present in the story as they stand up and physically act them out. For example, if Roman is telling a narrative about baseball, the students make swinging and pitching motions. It’s an interactive learning tool that helps the students ingrain French language into their minds.
“This was a class that I wanted to take and I was excited when it was offered at MRH. It is challenging but my classmates and I are doing well,” said Jordan Goliday, tenth grade.
As far as the future for French at MRH, Roman envisions big things in the horizon. Overall, she is looking to expand the department, with a lot more students. She also has a desire to incorporate French exchange programs into the curriculum so that her students can get a taste of real French culture.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.