Visit to Art Institute's Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibit
Makes Real-World Connection for CHS French Students
In addition to the White Sox, Chicago has many fine institutions including the world-famous Art Institute. On September 26, forty-two students from Community High School in West Chicago had the opportunity to visit the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at one of Chicago's finest museums.
Before going to the exhibit, students in third and fourth year French did research reports on the artist, his works and the times. One of the goals of the foreign language department is to relate learning a foreign language to other disciplines. Not only were students improving their ability to speak, read and write in French, they were also learning about one of the great post-impressionist French artists.
Janette Gonzalez, a senior in fourth-year French said, " It was a really cool experience because the paintings were 'out there!'" French teachers Marjorie Appel and Zerrin Bulut were also enthusiastic about the experience. "This was a wonderful opportunity for the students," said Appel. "Learning can be more effective when students can make real-world connections to what they are learning in the classroom. This experience will stay with them for a lifetime," she added.