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Let’s Celebrate

Students at l’école de Rœux love to celebrate, and over the last few months we have practiced English while enjoying many holidays together.


For Valentine’s Day, students made Valentine’s Day cards, following directions given in English. Students learned vocabulary related to the holiday, like “heart” and the expression, “I love you.” They also followed classroom directions in English to create their crafts: “write,” “draw,” “cut,” “glue,” etc.


The next month, for St. Patrick’s Day, students worked with this vocabulary again. They reviewed colors they had learned at the beginning of the school year and followed instructions in English to make a rainbow chain with a pot of gold. In a previous English lesson, students had discovered the Irish legend of leprechauns and the pots of gold these creatures supposedly hide at the end of rainbows. Students loved their colorful creations that remind them of this Irish holiday!


Finally, for Easter, students enjoyed a taste test of an American candy often eaten for this holiday: jelly beans. These multi-colored, sugary “haricots,” were popular with all students. Students again practiced their colors, asking the question, “May I have a green jelly bean, please?” substituting the color they wanted in the question.


And let’s not forget birthdays! Whenever a student—or teacher—has a birthday, we always make sure to sing “Happy Birthday,” and ask, “How old are you?” Each celebration provides an opportunity to practice our English!

(And I’ve enjoyed discovering French holiday traditions, too! Thanks to my students and colleagues, I’ve tasted crepes on Le Chandeleur and learned that while the Easter bunny “exists” now in France, the “cloche de Paques” is a symbol equally important. In celebrating together, we’ve exchanged our cultures and all have learned some new vocabulary—myself included!)

A Trip to New York City


CM1/CM2 students at Ecole Jacques-Prévert in Rœux recently returned from a trip to New York City—having been transported to this iconic American city during a recent lesson.

We started our voyage by reading together the first few pages of the English storybook Hello, My Name Is Lily from New York City. This book builds upon what students have been practicing lately: how to introduce themselves in English. In the book, Lily, a young New Yorker, shares with the reader a little about herself and her city.


Lily points out some of the most notable sights of the Big Apple (a nickname, students learned, refers to New York City). If you visit New York City, you will certainly see several yellow taxis cross your path. And as you walk down Fifth Avenue, skyscrapers will shade your path from the sun shining above. Maybe you’ll visit one of the tallest skyscrapers, the Empire State Building, or take a stroll through Central Park.



After reviewing some of the vocabulary presented in the book, I shared with the students some of my own pictures of New York City, which I took during a summer when I was there. With each picture I presented, I asked students, “What do you see?” And they responded with some of the new vocabulary: “a taxi,” “a skyscraper,” etc. Certainly, the next time these students visit New York, they’ll be ready to describe to you all they saw on their trip!


Let’s Decorate for Christmas!


Before Christmas, students in various levels had been learning the colors in English. At Rœux, I reviewed the colors and introduced new Christmas vocabulary while decorating the class Christmas tree with the CP students. One by one, students came to the front of the class to search through a box of Christmas decorations after I asked them questions like, “Can you find a red garland?” or “Can you find a blue ornament?” Before a decoration could be placed on the tree, the entire class had to be in agreement that the decoration was indeed the right color!

Chez les petits at Monchy-le-Preux, students reviewed the names of the colors and learned new Christmas vocabulary, like “Christmas tree” and “ornament.” We practiced the old and new vocabulary by playing a game to decorate a Christmas tree cutout. Students listened as I said, “a blue ornament,” “a yellow ornament,” etc. and worked together to find the correct color paper ornament. Here are the students with their beautifully decorated Christmas tree!


Trick-or-Treating at Rœux


In October, CP students at École Jacques-Prévert in Rœux learned how to present themselves. They practiced greeting one another and asking and answering the question, “What’s your name?”

After the Toussaint vacations, I gave a cultural lesson on the American traditions surrounding the holiday of Halloween. I explained that on this holiday American children wear costumes and visit their neighbors to ask for candy, using the phrase, “Trick or treat?”


I then had students play a game with me—their neighbor—to practice greetings and saying this new phrase. Students mimed knocking on my door. After we said hello to each other, students would ask me, “Trick or treat?” I offered the “trick-or-treaters” an American candy, Reese’s peanut butter cups (a chocolate with peanut butter inside), for attempting to say the whole phrase. Before leaving with their candies, students also had to practice saying “good-bye” to me.

The students greatly enjoyed getting a “taste” of this holiday widely celebrated by American children!

Présentation de Courtney


My name is Courtney Hlebo.

I am from California, in the United States.

I am 24 years old.

I like writing, cooking, reading, and doing yoga.

This year I have traveled to Switzerland and Spain. I hope to travel to Italy soon.

Last year I lived in Ventura, a city in California by the beach. I worked as an editor, helping to make books.

This year I live in Arras. I teach English at schools in Rœux and Monchy-le-Preux.

Next year I will live in the United States again.

Ventura is well-known for surfing. This is a popular sport in California. Many surfers come to Ventura to ride the big waves on the ocean using their surfboards. I tried surfing once. I liked surfing, but it is harder than it looks!



Outside of school, I have been enjoying making new friends in France. I think people in this region are very friendly and welcoming. In November, I invited some of my new friends to celebrate Thanksgiving with me. Thanksgiving is an American holiday where we eat a special meal with family or friends. We also talk about things we are thankful for. I am thankful for my family, my friends, and my country. I am also thankful to be in France this year.



Listen to Courtney give this presentation in English!


Katie Lllewellyn ID card3 Katie Lllewellyn ID card4Activities that I have done in school:

Journée de gout– for Halloween, I did a recipe with the older classes (muffins, brownies) in English and helped bake with them- see the photos of all the goodies

-PE in English– I take a PE class once a week in which we play ‘Simon says’ , and sing various English songs that require a lot of movement. We also play ‘Steal the Bacon’, using colour/number vocabulary which always goes down really well!

-Lots of games and songs– in order to practice vocabulary, use plenty of flashcards to play bingo and then use maze with the flashcards in groups of four. Use word games, such as word-searches and hangman. Songs such as ‘hello, hello, hello, what’s you name’

– Lots of themed activities– for example, Christmas, Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night- history, traditions and then specific vocabulary

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