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Irvington Students Explore French, Spanish At World Language Fair

Main Street School fifth-graders teamed up with Irvington Middle School teachers and sixth-graders on March 24 for a day of educational activities at the annual World Language Fair.
Main Street School fifth-graders teamed up with Irvington Middle School teachers and sixth-graders on March 24 for a day of educational activities at the annual World Language Fair. Photo Credit: Irvington Union Free School District

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Fifth-grade students at Main Street School teamed up with Irvington Middle School teachers and sixth-graders recently for a day of educational activities at the annual World Language Fair.

Throughout the day on March 24, students practiced speaking French and Spanish, the two languages they will have the opportunity to study next year.

“The goal of the language fair was to provide our fifth-graders with a taste of both languages to help them make their decision,” said middle school teacher Deanna Tessler. “It’s remarkable how much French and Spanish our students remember from the language fair when they come to us in September.”

As part of the day, the elementary students received passports to travel to six learning stations, where the sixth-graders helped them practice numbers, colors and days of the week in French and Spanish.

“At the French colors station, our sixth-graders taught the fifth-graders the colors in French before they played Twister,” Tessler said. “At the Spanish numbers station, the students learned a new song in Spanish before playing a ball game.”

Tessler added that the students enjoyed the language fair because it allowed them to learn something new while having fun.

“I’m confident that the fair got them excited to begin studying a new language,” she said.

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