Report from the Field – Julie Quenneville

Our group member Julie is in Canada:

Hi Ben,

Just wanted you to know that I attended a French meeting this morning about how to increase literacy in the fsl classroom.

Well, you could imagine that I was bursting at the seams to share my success with the Invisibles!

Once I mentioned that we create stories as a class together and the kids are showing so much engagement – kids who wanted to shrink into the wallpaper last year are leaders in readers theatre groups – everyone wanted the meeting to focus on CI.

I was very happy to oblige.  I shared stories we’ve made so far, told them about the process, and really focused on student buy-in.  It reminded me of something you said in your Natural Approach book:  who is going to care about some kid named Pierre who lives in Paris?

Everybody wants to do this method.  Some of them are AIM teachers, by the way. They focus on pre-scripted plays like the Three Little Pigs.  I was going to go the AIM route until I saw a teacher’s guide and realized how prescriptive and NOT ME it all was.

I have a feeling I will be leading a lot more meetings!  My French consultant is on board.

Thanks for all you and others have taught me so far.  This morning’s meeting fuelled my fire to continue stories all year.  (Our focus is action oriented tasks in Ontario…I kept wondering that I was gonna get “caught” doing some strange method and would be told uh-uh!)




9 thoughts on “Report from the Field – Julie Quenneville”

    1. It does. It’s such a fine thing that we are learning more and more with each passing year how to celebrate all the good that happens. We have a come a long way, my brother. And let’s not fail to note that Dana and Julie are from Canada, as the sleeping giant to our north begins now to awaken from its slumber to take a bigger and bigger role in this new work – Dana is from Calgary (but currently in my old classroom in New Delhi) and Julie (I think) is north of Montreal, right Julie?

      1. I’m from Sakatchewan, next to Alberta. But it’s close. 🙂

        It will be interesting if it takes off in Canada. The way we teach WL is so different, especially with the French immersion and Core French models. My province focuses on the communicative approach, which isn’t too bad but definitely isn’t as teacher-friendly as your version of NTCI. I think you guys could really make inroads in Canada with this.

        1. No YOU will make the inroads. Unless you and family spend your entire careers on the international circuit. Not such a bad idea! Maybe you could follow Linda and a number of former AES teachers down to Singapore next. They are traditional, but by now Linda may be breaking down their old model just as she did in Delhi.

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