Department of Modern Languages

French Immersion Day

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2016

La Belgique

Parlez-vous français? The 14th Annual French Immersion Day took place on Wednesday, November 2nd, with 296 high school students from 19 Ohio schools participating. Students and their 24 teachers traveled from as far away as Mansfield, Ohio, to attend the event! Over 75 Wright State student volunteers and students in service-learning designated courses assisted the French section in preparing and organizing the day’s events, which were centered around the theme of Belgian life and culture. Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, the Director of the University Center for International Studies - who also happens to be Belgian - was the keynote speaker, opening the ceremonies with a rousing speech on the growing importance of the French language and her personal connections to Belgium.

French language activities included: ice-breaking games, a flag parade, welcoming ceremonies, a Belgian-inspired lunch, and seven break-out sessions, such as a chocolate tasting, zumba, a treasure hunt, karaoke, and a trivia game based on Belgian comic books. This annual recruiting event brings top students to campus for a day of academically based engagement.


2015

Les Antilles françaises

Wright State University had a spectacular day, Tuesday November 10, hosting 250 high school students and 17 teachers for our thirteenth annual French Immersion Day, a recruitment and service event that is held every November in conjunction with National French Week. The following 14 high schools participated in the experience: Allen East High School, Anna High School, Arlington High School, Deerpark Junior/Senior High School, Dublin-Coffman High School, Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin-Scioto High School, Fairmont High School, Finneytown High School, Jonathan Adler High School, St Xavier High School, Sycamore High School, Vandalia-Butler High School and West Liberty High School.

This year, the theme was “The French Antilles,” with all target language activities and sessions focusing on the history, culture, geography, and music of this beautiful Francophone area. Students enjoyed interactive and engaging activities designed to put them at ease and empower them to speak the target language. The morning began with trivia games prepared and presented by WSU French Conversation students (FR 3110), followed by a flag parade and a welcome speech in French by our Department Chair Dr. Marie Hertzler. Break out sessions included: Karine Daddah's tropical fruit presentation and tasting, Pascale Abadie's Island Trivia, Bryan King's (French Club president) Music Bingo, Sarah Koraym's (French Club Vice-President) Find-a-person-who Bingo, Kirsten Halling's zumba lesson and dance, Ben Hirt's Composition Class' “Legends and Tales from the French Antilles.” Students competed to win Eiffel Tower gummies, Mardi Gras necklaces, and other fun prizes. When jailors put very few students in “le bagne” (the penal colony) for speaking English, they earned their release by composing French poems using Magnetic Poetry. One of the highlights of the day was when the Wright State School of Music provided beautiful French music to accompany a delicious Caribbean themed lunch consisting of Jamaican Jerk Chicken, beans and rice, a tropical salad, and mango or key lime choux pastries.


2014

La Gaule

The twelfth annual Wright State French Immersion Day took place again in the Student Union on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. In attendance were 192 upper level high school French students from eighteen area high schools:  Sycamore, Jonathan Alder, Anna, Dublin Scioto, St Peter’s, Allen East, Miami East, Urbana, Van Wert, Colerain, Mt Vernon, Milford, William-Mason, Northwestern, West Liberty-Salem, Arlington, Carroll and Kettering-Fairmont.

All participating students signed a pledge to speak only French during a day of French language games and activities centered around the theme of "La Gaule."

The many target language activities included trivia games based on "La Gaule", a dance, Gallic legends, songs from the "Dana" tribe, charades and a food tasting with authentic Gallic food such as apples supplied by Kroger and Trader Joe's. Those students daring to speak English were jailed and were forced to write poetry in exchange for their liberation. Wright State University catering services provided a French luncheon, complete with "boeuf bourguignon," croissants and apple tarts.


2013

Bienvenue chez "Les Misérables"!

The eleventh annual Wright State French Immersion Day took place again in the Student Union on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. In attendance were 241 upper level high school French students from fourteen area high schools:  Oakwood, St. Xavier, Sycamore, Jonathan Alder, Anna, Dublin Scioto, Allen East, Miami East, Chaminade-Julienne, Finneytown, Franklin City, West Liberty-Salem, Arlington, and Kettering-Fairmont.

All participating students signed a pledge to speak only French during a day of French language games and activities centered around the theme of Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables."

The many target language activities included trivia games based on the novel, a dance, songs from the French musical, charades and a food tasting with authentic artisanal bread supplied by Dorothy Lane Market. Those students daring to speak English were jailed by Inspecteur Javert and his assistant, and were forced to write poetry in exchange for their liberation. Boosalis Bakery provided a French luncheon, complete with fresh baguettes and nineteenth century madeleine cakes and palmiers.

 


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