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Oiticica exhibit at the French Embassy for the EU open house May 12

Please join us at the French Embassy for the EU Open house event this coming Saturday, May 12, 2018.  We will be sharing the latest art exhibit from the l'école Maternelle: Oiticica, a supra-sensorial experience.

Helio Oiticica was a Brazilian artist who devised an art form that activated all the senses in order to promote the idea of individual freedom.  Inspired by this interactive art form, the Rochambeau maternelle students worked together to create a supra-sensorial experience, combining pedagogy and art.  Our students were encouraged to physically enter art and experience it not just with their hands, but with the whole body! It was designed to stimulate the viewer's emotional and intellectual participation. 



Posted by Admissions Parents in Events on Tuesday May 8
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The National Gallery comes to Rochambeau….in miniature.

Using art as a means of expression is part of the French primary school* curriculum. It is also a fun medium to acquire and develop language, particularly for our immersion students.

After a visit to the east wing of the National Gallery of Art, students from the maternelle and immersion classes worked to create a model museum with paintings, sculptures, mobiles. Together they then assembled them to bring the East wing to Rochambeau. While improving their oral skills, the immersion class created a “Kahoot”, an interactive game for the maternelle students depicting the different works of art.

“We had a great time, and what is extraordinary is that the students are now unbeatable on some of the artists,” says Hélène, one of the immersion teachers.

*primary school is comprised of the maternelle and elementary schools (nursery-5th grade)

Lexique: glossary

Une sculpture | a sculpture

Une peinture | a painting

Une photographie: a photograph

Un cadre | a frame

Un chavalet | easil

Observer : to observe

Une palette : artist palette

Un portrait «  a portrait

Un paysage | a landscape

Un musée a museum

Une galerie | an art gallery

 

 

Posted by Admissions Parents in Academic on Wednesday May 2 at 02:12PM
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Bilingualism: Interview with Dr. Fred Genesee, Professor Emeritus & Author

Rochambeau welcomed bilingual specialist, Dr Fred Genesee, McGill Professor Emeritus & Author for a conference on the benefits of bilingualism on April 7.

Q: How quickly will my child acquire a second language?

FG: Languages are complicated! Don’t make too many judgements too soon, because it doesn’t happen overnight.  Acquiring advanced levels of proficiency in a second language is a long term commitment. In one sense, second language learners never stop learning their new language because, as they get older and have increasingly more complex uses for their second language, they need to learn more. 

In the case of students in dual language programs in schools, to achieve the maximum benefit of the program, parents should be prepared to keep their child in the program throughout the elementary grades and, preferable, in secondary school.

For parents who want their children to acquire highly advanced levels of proficiency, it is a good idea to consider ways in which to expand their children's opportunities to use the language outside school by visits to countries and areas where the language is spoken or by finding opportunities to use the language with native speakers in their own community. 

In the case of students in dual language programs in schools, to achieve the maximum benefit of the program, parents should be prepared to keep their child in the program throughout the elementary grades and, preferable, in secondary school.

For parents who want their children to acquire highly advanced levels of proficiency, it is a good idea to consider ways in which to expand their children's opportunities to use the language outside school by visits to countries and areas where the language is spoken or by finding opportunities to use the language with native speakers in their own community. 

Q: Can learning a second or third language be detrimental to my child’s native language?

FG: If children speak a native language that is used at home and especially if it is used outside school on a regular basis, then research indicates that their competence in that language will not suffer, and they are not at a disadvantage. To the contrary, research has found that such situations can enhance students' native language skills, especially in the domains related to literacy and schooling 

Q: f you were to give advice to a family at Rochambeau, or considering bilingualism for their child, what would you recommend?

FG: I would recommend that they make a long term commitment to this endeavor; this means keeping their child in the program as long as possible and creating opportunities to use the non-English outside school as much as possible. Cognitive and other benefits of bilingualism result from full bilingualism.  Since the students live in a community which is dominated by English, there needs to be much less concern for reinforcing that language. Reinforcing the value of multilingualism is an asset for future job and life-style choices.


The myths of bilingualism



 

Posted by vmeriot in Bilingulism on Wednesday May 2 at 02:12PM
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