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December 03, 2004 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-12-03

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February 5, 2005


Mail, Oui!

But, of course! Hebrew Day School students learn
to converse in French.

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Ann Arbor
esearch shows that
learning a second
language at an early
age increases a student's abil-
ity to learn additional lan-
guages. Based on this data,
upper-grade Hebrew Day
School of Ann Arbor stu-
dents now are learning
French as an elective, in
addition to their Hebrew
and Judaic studies.
French is taught in an
"immersion" environment
where only French is spoken
in the classroom, the same
approach used at the school
for teaching Hebrew.
Instructor Eileen Nadler,
also the HDS first- and
fourth-grade teacher, has a
degree in French, with a
minor in linguistics as well
as an elementary education
degree from Queen's
University of Kingston,
Ontario. She spent a year at
the University of Geneva in
Switzerland, where all her
courses were in French.
"We have a great deal of
fun in the classroom with
my puppets, Pierre, Georges
and Madeline," she said.
The puppets have dialogues
in French that the students
repeat in conversation with
each other. I also love to
teach language through song.
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We have had some
humorous moments when
the children lapse into
Hebrew. Early on, I put on
Top: Teac h Eileen Nadler uses puppets
pzets to teach
the board the word coui' and students.
asked the students to read it. Above: Fifth
Ari Axelrod uses a puppet to
One student responded con- help with his conversation in French as fellow
fidently, `Oy!"'
classmate Mathew Rigid holds up a poster.
The study of French cul-
ture is added to the curricu-
we already know Hebrew," says fifth-
lum through special student research
grader Shayna Morris.
projects. Students are researching the
"French is fun," says Julia Rothchild,
French words used in ballet, diploma-
a fifth-grader. "I can already have a
cy, fencing and cooking.
simple conversation with a friend, all
"I didn't know that pirouette was a
in French — even though we are just
French word until now," says HDS
talking about our names, how old we
fourth-grader Rebecca Greenberg, who
are and our telephone numbers." I I
takes ballet lessons.
— Dina Shtull-Leber,
"It's easier to learn French because
HDS head of school

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