- They are turning into teenagers and French is just to cool. Now this is the easiest argument to make. Often, I feel it's an excuse more then a real factor. Many pre-teens are not eager about history, math, art, drama or school at all.
- French is not supported and/or valued at home. Now this I believe does contribute to some, and only SOME of the problem. I have seen this time and time again, where you call home because students are having difficulties either academically or with behavior in French and you get the standard response : "Well French does not really matter.", "It's not that important", "He/She just hates French". The list could go on but you see what I am getting to. Although this one would be easy to go along with I still feel like it's an excuse. So let's keep digging for some real reason.
- They are bored. I have to say this is the reason I believe they are regressing. The lessons, activities and assignments are no longer engaging and fun to them. In my school board, like many others, we have bought into the AIM Language Learning program. For primary and junior it can be a great tool for getting students talking in French and understanding language. The problem is, that although each of the plays increase their vocabulary, the intermediate students perceive it as being repetitive with the same types of plays and activities each year. I have to say that for the most part I agree with my students.
So what do you think, AIM + Centers + Technology, can I hook them back into French? I hope so!!!