Fun in French: Fencing and Food!

posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 

Lately, Grade 9 and 10 students having been having fun learning French in new and exciting ways, including fencing and cooking! (Separate activities: nobody will be cutting any sandwiches Zorro-style.)

Shortly before the holiday break, Grade 9 students took part in a fencing workshop with the help of Zacharie Allard, a representative of the Manitoba Fencing Association as well as coach at Rapier Fencing Club. Students enjoyed this highly engaging way of completing their unit of study on sports and leisure activities!

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Grade 10 French students were visited by Christophe Bonnin of Fun en francais, a company who offer school workshops and activies ‘en francais’. Christophe originally hails from France, but has been settled in Winnipeg for a while. He visited the class to provide a fun, hands-on demonstration of how students can cook healthy, nutritious meals quickly and easily.

The project provided the opportunity for students to improve their communication skills by engaging in authentic conversations related to food with the classmates, teachers, and a Francophone chef outside a typical classroom setting. It also helped improve students’ awareness of French cuisine and culture.

Students enjoyed working as teams, donning their aprons and chef hats, and making their own dish. They learned about Canada’s Food Guide, what a balanced diet consists of, and that eating and preparing healthy, nutritious meals doesn’t have to be difficult!