At Melvin H. Kreps Middle School (Mercer County), teacher Lisa M. Carlucci received a $5,000 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education to develop a project to expose students to language in a comfortable setting using real-life situations and objects. Middle school students will view DVDs of familiar programs in a foreign language. Since the students know the characters, their curiosity will inspire them to learn the target language. Students would also have opportunities to read Spanish magazines. Spanish-speaking students would also benefit since the magazines would reinforce literacy in their native language.
Students will create portfolios that reflect their learning experiences. The portfolios will emphasize the real life connections between the lessons and the students’ lives. Additionally, students will exchange e-mails with Spanish-speaking students in a foreign country.
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Lisa M. Carlucci