In May, advanced level language classes celebrated World Language by visiting the region’s second grade classrooms as part of the Bilingual Books Project. The Bilingual Books Project is a Shore Regional High School World Language department initiative that strives to further expose district elementary students to languages other than English, as well as foster the love of books and reading. The project also hopes to promote learning and camaraderie among district students of all ages.
The project begins in the advanced world language classes at Shore Regional. Students in the advanced levels of French, Italian, Latin and Spanish design a simple questionnaire which asks elementary students to share their favorite things such as favorite foods, places, and holidays. The advanced world language students then select a student for whom they are to write a personalized bilingual book. The personalized books are written and edited throughout the second semester. During class time, advanced language students read, answer questions on, and critique each others’ bilingual books.
The final phase of the project arrives when the advanced world language students travel to visit the district elementary students and share their bilingual books. There, the advanced world language students have the opportunity to meet the student for whom their book was written. During the visit, advanced world language students read the bilingual books and then each elementary student is encouraged to share with a peer about what happened in his/her book. Once books have been shared and given as souvenirs of the project, a snack of healthy treats is shared by all participants.