Etudier le français c’es très amusant (studying french is very fun). It’s not a phrase you hear every day, but it certainly applies to Grade 11 and 12 French students at Smithville Christian High School. If there’s one thing that the class’s student created and directed music video, “Nos deux langues” communicates, it’s that learning french can be fun. Very fun.
Je veux être bilingue (I want to be bilingual) sing the French students as they wave their text books in unison, leap through the air and cartwheel across their school property. Je voudrais parler en français. Je voudrais chanter en français!
The entire video was filmed over the course of about two weeks, using an iPad. Although the students chose to parody an existing song, they wrote all of their own lyrics.
“I have a very musical class and a number of them are in the choir. To incorporate singing into the video was a no-brainer,” says Robert Andree, French teacher at Smithville Christian High School.
The class recently entered “Nos deux langues” into the University of Ottawa’s French Immersion Studies video contest. As finalists in the competition, each of the 18 students has already earned a $1,000 entrance scholarship to the university’s immersion program, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to the awards gala in Ottawa in December. If they are named as winners at the gala, each student will receive a $2,000 entrance scholarship to the University of Ottawa.
“We had a pile of fun doing it and the students were really, really happy with the final results,” says Andree, who is looking forward to the class’s future Ottawa trip. “It turned out better than anyone expected,” he adds.