What is intergenerational learning and why is it so important? Monica Devos explains why she began the Bridges between Cultures and Generations program at ISP.
Bridges between Cultures and Generations
At the International School of Paris we believe that sharing knowledge, skills and experiences across generations is an invaluable learning experience for our students. As part of the French Initiation course of the Middle Years Programme, students at ISP have the opportunity to engage and learn with local people of all ages.
Since the program began 18 years ago, ISP's intergenerational learning program has included activities such as teaching seniors how to use the internet, playing Scrabble and bingo, organizing a Christmas concert and finding out how a French bakery makes bread. These experiences represent a meaningful opportunity for students learning French to put their language skills into practice with members of the local community, while enriching their awareness of French culture.
"Intergenerational work demands that we recognize the inherent strength of each generation and the need we all share to be connected." Donna Butts, Generations United
"This intergenerational activity organized by the students and supervised by Ms Devos is an excellent example of what ISP is all about." The workshop is just one in a series of intergenerational activities as part of the Initiation to French program.
French Initiation students share their experiences of visiting the Desgranges bakery in Passy as part of their ongoing intergenerational activities program.
Seniors from the Club de Ternes came to ISP to play Scrabble in French with our Grade 6 and 7 French Initiation students.
Grade 8 and 9 students participated in a cultural exchange with French seniors to celebrate La Semaine bleue.
Our students marked Intenational Women's Day by holding a concert for the senior citizens at a local retirement home.
ISP students in Grade 6 and 7 Initiation to French class met 12 French senior citizens for an intergenerational and intercultural game of Scrabble!