Karen Gipson and Amanda Williams, Free State High School
Free State High School world language teachers Karen Gipson (French) and Amanda Williams (Spanish) received an Innovative Teaching Grant for their project Building Proficiency Brick by Brick. The grant money allowed them to purchase LEGO storytelling sets to help students enhance their speaking, listening, reading, writing and comprehension skills as they engage in oral storytelling and creative writing through hands-on language activities designed to build proficiency brick by brick.
The sets provide multiple opportunities to engage in teamwork, communication and collaboration and are being put to use this fall.
Gipson said her French 2 students are learning about rooms and furniture and prepositions of location. The LEGOS provide a fun way to increase their proficiency in the target language.
“Each group built a room of a house and then we did a gallery walk in which students were able to study the creations of the other groups and then wrote descriptive sentences about each one,” she said.
The kits will also be used by French 1 students, as well as Spanish students this fall.