August 26, 2020

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Community Schools Research and Practice.  |  Our Lives, Our World. Teaching  and Learning About Human Rights Alongside Youth.   |  Intersections of Our Homes, Schools and Communities (Spring 2022)   |   Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Migration (Fall 2021)     |  MakerBoards: A Return to Play  |   Intersections of Our Homes, Schools and Communities |   French Language Lessons (Spring 2021)|  Legal Challenges: Local Interventions in the Criminal-Legal System  |  Life in a Buddhist Monastery |  Writing Medicine |  Fundamentals of Grant Writing (Fall 2020)  |  Music for Empowerment  | Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Migration. (Spring 2020)| French Language Lessons (Spring 2020) | Fundamentals of Grant Writing (Spring 2020) | Class Without Walls in Nature

[FFS] 290, French Language Lessons, Spring 2021

INSTRUCTOR: Professor Kathleen Hart

THEMATIC CLUSTER: Education/Literacy


As a form of community-engaged learning, students worked either in pairs or alone to offer weekly 45-minute lessons in French to the pupils of the Poughkeepsie City School District through the after-school program offered by R.E.A.L Skills Network, Inc. Grades ranged from kindergarten to fourth grade. Lessons involved simple vocabulary, songs, games, and geographical or cultural information. Under the supervision of the faculty coordinator, students invented weekly lesson plans, reflected upon their experience in weekly blog posts or journals written in French, and wrote a final paper in French. Students also met periodically with the faculty coordinator to discuss their experiences.


This intensive was previously offered in Spring 2020 and offered again on the request of  the partner organization, R.E.A.L. Skills Inc.


Identified partner organization and facilitated a connection. Invited partner to a Pedagogy in Action workshop in summer 2020 to meet with the instructor. Unfortunately, while the instructor was unable to attend the PIA, the partner connected with another faculty member which led to a collaboration. OCEL facilitated an orientation for students, invited the Executive Director of R.E.A.L. Skills to meet with the students via zoom, and collated a set of videos and materials related to R.E.A.L. Skills for the students before they started. OCEL also purchased all supplies.


R.E.A.L Skills Network, Inc.


Semester-long. Students met weekly with the instructor and bi-weekly with the students at R.E.A.L Skills. All meetings were via zoom. 




  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • French language books
  • Crayons and colored pencils for the R.E.A.L. Skills children


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