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Okay so a while ago I had mentioned that I had met with my placement teacher that I would be working with for my child and youth studies course, and after two weeks of working with her and the students, I can honestly say that I love it!

It is so interesting being in the classroom and working with all the students because I feel like I’m learning with the students because of the unique French curriculum here in the Niagara Region. The curriculum I grew up in focused a lot on spelling and reading in French, whereas the curriculum here focuses on developing students’ speaking abilities in French.

More specifically they use a program here called AIM language learning which uses a mixture of speaking in French and hand gestures to help the students remember words and practice speaking them. So when I helped out in the classroom for the first time last week, I was completely surprised and amazed by how fast the students were able to remember specific words and even the hand gestures that the teacher uses and how well they were able to comprehend what the teacher was saying. One of the things that the teacher emphasizes most is “parler seulement en francais” (speaking only in French) and will decide with the students how long they think they can speak in French for during that class. The students get so excited about trying to speak only French for as long as they can, which is great to see as a future French teacher.

It’s so great having this opportunity as a concurrent education student here at Brock to go into a classroom and work alongside an experienced teacher and learn from them, as well as the students. This is definitely one of the best aspects of the concurrent education program here at Brock, and was definitely one of the reasons why I chose to come to Brock:)

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About Katelyn

Hey everyone! My name’s Katelyn and I’m in my fourth year of the concurrent education program here at Brock at the Junior/Intermediate level with a teachable in French. I have always had a passion for working with children, so I knew that the Con Ed program here at Brock was the perfect fit for me! After I finish my five years here, I hope to work as a French teacher in an elementary school. I also hope to have the opportunity to teach in another country, since I love to travel and experience new places and cultures. I grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, but have been fortunate enough to call St. Catharines my home for the past three years and I look forward to what sorts of adventures I will get up to during my last year of undergraduate studies here. This is also my third year as a Campus Experience Coordinator, so hopefully I can answer any questions you may have about being a university student!

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