Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) students enroled in Grade 9 French and Spanish courses will be exposed to nine different languages this year, thanks to a new 'Fantastic Fridays' initiative developed by teacher Sheryl Deimert to enhance her students' second language experience. The classes have already received special presentations in German, French and Spanish.
On Thursday and Friday, January 18-19, PWA's Grade 10 American Sign Language (ASL) class shared their language skills. Within minutes, the Grade 9 students were able to sign the alphabet and basic statements and questions, including "My name is…" and "How are you?" Students put their skills to the test during a "speed dating" event, forming two lines to participate in one-on-one conversations.
Upcoming Fantastic Friday language days will include exposure to Arabic, Korean and Japanese. In March, GPRC's Cree language instructor Darlene Horseman will offer a presentation that will include videos made by her students. The Fantastic Friday series will wrap up in June with a Mandarin session.
Top: Grade 9 students Gracie Maurice (left) and Madi Bulford (right) converse during the "speed dating" segment of the class.
Middle: Teacher Sheryl Deimert (left) checks in on a group of students learning American Sign Language.
Bottom: Grade 9 students Ali St. Germaine (left) and Jacob Umble (right) sign "How are you?"
For more photos from the event, visit PWSD's Facebook page.