On February 1, Marion Bataille, a French author of children's books, is scheduled to read to and host a workshop for 2nd grade students enrolled in Trip Elementary School’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program. Currently, Trip Elementary offers French DLI in grades K-2 to approximately 146 students. Gwinnett’s model calls for at least 50% of the school day to be spent learning GCPS’ Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum in the new language with a team of two teachers working together. Students have mathematics and science with one teacher, using French. They have language arts and social studies with the other teacher, using English. Through this collaboration, students develop proficiency in both English and the new language.
Bataille, whose best-selling books ABC3D and 10, will read her book on onomatopoeias and then host a workshop where she will teach the students how to create typography cut-outs and collages. Bataille will read to the students and host the workshop entirely in French.
During the workshop, the children will make an alphabet as a class or create a book with their own name individually. The students will get to keep their name book at the end of the workshop. The three identical workshops will take place at the following times:
- Workshop 1: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
- Workshop 2: 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
- Lunch Break: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
- Workshop 3: 12:50 - 2:20 p.m.
This learning opportunity is sponsored by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.