Lucy DeHaven, Lower School World Languages
"The people here are amazing – there is such a strong sense of community that I felt even from the time of my interview. Everyone is so warm, welcoming and supportive. And the students are just wonderful – so enthusiastic."
What brought you to Bryn Mawr?
It was a little serendipitous – I knew I was moving to Baltimore the following year, but I hadn’t even started my job search yet when one of my friends who is a Bryn Mawr alumna told me about a French opening here. Once I started looking at Bryn Mawr, I fell in love. The people here are amazing – there is such a strong sense of community that I felt even from the time of my interview. Everyone is so warm, welcoming and supportive. And the students are just wonderful – so enthusiastic.
How do you introduce young girls to the language, and how does the program change as they grow?
It’s really interesting teaching the little girls because it is so natural for them. Their brains are predisposed to pick up languages. With the younger grades we do activities they love, just in French. We play games, we sing songs, we do art projects, and we just speak French the whole time. As the girls get older, we still do a lot of that – we want the girls to be having fun in the classroom – but we do take a more overt look at grammar. We also start writing, and spelling comes into play.
With the Lower School’s 1:1 technology program, what role does technology play in your classroom?
Technology is wonderful. It allows us to make connections with so many other cultures, and with that comes a need to communicate, because not everyone speaks English. It helps show the girls why learning languages is important. My favorite use of technology is giving the girls open-ended projects, like making up a story using whatever apps they want. This project led to comic books, recorded videos, cartoons – I always love seeing what they come up with.