The FLENJ minigrant program provides financial assistance to support unique and creative initiatives that will have a direct impact on the development of language skills and cultural understanding in the classroom. We are proud to announce the winners for 2013:
Douglass Crouse teaches French and Spanish at Sparta Middle School. He will use his mini grant to purchase sets of French pétanque equipment to be shared with Sparta High School. As the students learn and practice casual and sports-related vocabulary, they will also experience an important element of French culture. Middle and high school students will engage in tournaments that will give them the opportunity to master the rules, etiquette and lingo of the game as well as an understanding of the important role of pétanque in francophone culture.
Sharon Galt, a Spanish teacher at Sterling High School, will use her mini grant for the purchase of iPad minis to enhance student-centered learning. With the devices, students will have immediate access to authentic media, will record and create podcasts, videos, music, and monologues, will be able to work at their own pace to develop skills in all three modes of communication.
FLENJ is pleased to be able to reward the initiatives of our members and to provide much needed assets for the purchase of materials that enhance the world language programs in New Jersey schools. Congratulations to all of the recipients!