For more than two decades, French-speaking Wolves players have been visiting French classes at local high schools to give students an opportunity to learn the language from a native speaker. Wolves players were eager to continue their program for the past school year — and this year’s visits were conducted virtually over Zoom in order to maximize safety.
Each visit generally ran for about one hour (or the length of a class period) and was recommended for more advanced classes. This is because we encouraged the class to be conducted primarily in French — or as much as possible while maximizing the benefit for the students.
Typically, the player starts the class by talking about himself, including where he grew up, how he started playing hockey, how he ended up here, etc. After he is done, we open it up to a question-and-answer session. The students prepare questions for the players and address them in French, which gives students the opportunity to both listen and speak with a native French speaker. Of course, each class is different, so we’re happy to coordinate the curriculum with teachers prior to the visit.
Check back this fall for details regarding the 2023-24 season!
If you are interested in setting up a Virtual French Class Visit or would like more information about this program, please contact Courtney Mahoney at [email protected].