Stu­dents get taste of new lan­guage

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

For a short time last week, a Mata­mata cafe was trans­ported into the heart of Paris.

On Fri­day, Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents from room 4 paid a visit to Arawa St’s O’del’emz Cafe.

As part of a fo­cus on task- based learn­ing, the stu­dents or­dered a hot choco­late and pas­try in French and got to en­joy th­ese yummy treats be­fore set­ting off to class for the day.

Teacher Robyn Wil­son said the ex­er­cise was a suc­cess­ful one which saw most of the class in at­ten­dance. Many also brought along a par­ent or care­giver.

Wil­son said the ses­sion was about pro­vid­ing real life ex­pe­ri­ences for her stu­dents to use lan­guage.

‘‘ We thought it was a good way to also cel­e­brate the learn­ing we’re do­ing to­gether as a group, both par­ents and stu­dents.’’

Wil­son said she hopes the ex­er­cise en­thused and mo­ti­vated the stu­dents for learn­ing a lan­guage in the fu­ture. She also hoped to share the en­joy­ment of learn­ing a lan­guage with both her stu­dents and their fam­i­lies. The ex­er­cise will be re­peated in a school en­vi­ron­ment later in the year.

Pho­tos: TERESA HAT­TAN

FRENCH EX­PE­RI­ENCE: (above) Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents, from left, Roy­don Craw­ford, 12, Cal­lum Nis­bet, 12, Tyrell Tay­lor, 11, and Devin Payne, 12, en­joy their morn­ing at O’del’emz Cafe. ORDER­ING: (left) Kayla Mof­fat, 10, or­ders her break­fast in French.

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