Welcome to the site of the French program at the Marion Cross School in Norwich, VT
with Madame Allison Litten and Madame Katie Hyams!
MCS students on international radio
A recording of the sixth graders singing a song we learned in class (La Danse des magiciens by Magic System) appeared on the BBC! The morning show, World Update, chose our clip to play as part of their Soundscapes program. People from all over the world send in audio files of the world around them. Mme Litten sent this recording to them, and lo and behold, it was on the show on Monday, 3 May. Check out the segment here. (The clip starts after about 3 seconds.)
Congratulations to the following students who have done some impressive things this year!
Sixth graders Julia Cook, Sage Eanet, Lydia Frew, Bella Malo, Sage McGinley-Smith, Noah Phipps, Weinstein and Lyric Wilson all scored high enough on the first part of the Grand Concours, the national French contest, to advance to the second round, the speaking portions! Their recordings have been sent to be judged, and we are awaiting the results!
La Faïence de Quimper
At the end of our unit on the French region of Bretagne, students created their own interpretations of the famous pottery from the city of Quimper.
our latest video for discussion in class
Le chat et la tortue
Le Monsieur Triste (ou, Les Oiseaux Cassés!)
MCS French on VPR!
In a recent piece on foreign language learning in Vermont, hear how Marion Cross goes against the current trends and works hard to give our students the best language learning experience!
La Géographie de la France
As fifth grade students continue to explore the geography of France, they worked to created animated explanations of the country's geographical features. Here are some examples.
Dans la classe de français
Here are some examples of our activities in French class: work on the iPad,
gesturing, creating comic strips and acting out words and poems.
Language Learning in the News
The importance of French, and Vermonters, for the Peace Corps: USA Today
There were articles about French at MCS in the Valley News this past fall.
Friday, 7 November in the Valley Parents section.
Tuesday, 18 November in Section C, the education pages.
"Language Learning Opens Up New Horizons" (The Telegraph, 20 Nov. 2014)
How's your French?
Take this quiz to see if you know these basic 14 French phrases.
Click here for Linguascope! See Madame for the username and password-the password has changed!!
In addition to having a web presence, Linguascope is now "on the go!" Download apps for your smartphones and tablets; search for "Linguascope" in your app store.
How to use this site
Along the sidebar you will find links for each grade level. The main page gives a summary of our activities and topics covered in class. Under "Activities" for each grade, there will be a timeline of what we did in class on each day. This will help students who are absent catch up and parents who want to learn more about our class activities get a feel for what we do each day. To see photos of what we are doing in class, click on the "Photos" link. The "Resources" page under each grade level contains links to websites that are relevant to our topics of study. Games and online activities for specific vocabulary topics are located under "Vocabulary Activities." In addition, I add a "Site du mois" every month, highlighting a new website that can help deepen your child's understanding of French. Finally, for those looking for more challenges, the "Activités Avancées" offer advanced online games and activities.