The upper level French students from Park Center Senior High attended the Minnesota Zoo’s French Day on Tuesday, February 6th, 2017 and had a wonderful experience. The French 3 students completed a zoo animal scavenger hunt where they were asked to identify different animals based on descriptions and write about their favorite animals. Students in French 4 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme classes were assigned animals from the tropics area and created engaging and interesting presentations in French. For the second year in a row, one of the groups won an award for their presentation. The IB students’ skit about the small clawed otter won the Award of Excellence for successfully showing creativity, engagement and language proficiency.
Once again the students had an enjoyable experience and were able to learn about a range of animals in French, apply what they learned in a real-life setting and communicate with other students from the Twin Cities in French. The IB students are very proud of their award and enjoyed the challenge of interacting with French speakers of all ability levels from beginning students to adult teachers. The students look forward to attending again and some are already planning their presentations for next year. We express our gratitude for the ISD 279 Foundation Grant, which helps us defray the cost of this event so that we can provide this unique opportunity for our students to expand their knowledge of the French language.