What is Adopt an
Mainly, it's for French students and their
To participate fully in Adopt an Escargot,
purchase an Adopt an Escargot kit for each class.
Each student will receive a real Escargot.
Well, it is a real Escargot shell; le pauvre
Escargot is no longer with us.
The students will then be registered in La
Société des Escargots.
Membership in this very exclusive group means that
students may send
their stories (en
français), comments (en français), pictures
with captions (en français),
etc. (en français)to be included on the website
(at the discretion of Le Grand Escargot, bien sûr.)
Members may also exchange e-mail with Le Grand
Escargot en français.
Some teachers have their students write for advice
as they raise their Escargots.
Le Grand Escargot answers members of La Société
des Escargots naturellement en français.
The Adopt an Escargot kit also includes a
personality profile for each Escargot,
adoption certificates for each student,
black line masters for an Escargot board game
and Escargot Baby Books.
While the official language of the Adopt an
Escargot website is français,
Le Grand Escargot (professeur de français aussi)
understands that sometimes it is necessary to use
franglais, particularly in the beginning.
We want to welcome les élèves of ALL levels of
French, specifically students in
high school or middle school. We also have member
classes in the elementary grades.
Those who are more advanced will naturally be more
able to communicate en français (almost) entirely.
Those who are just beginning their (we hope) long
journey of the study of français
might have to resort to their best franglais de
temps en temps.
Mais il faut pratiquer, n'est-ce pas?!
Play a little. Look around. Amusez-vous!
Then, if you would like more information on the
Adopt an Escargot kits, the costs, an order form and all the
S.V.P. envoyez du courrier électronique chez Le
My French students are thrilled to be new
"parents" of their very own Escargot and to find themselves
of a special "club." They've enjoyed choosing
names, creating homes that reflect their Escargot's personality
checking out the website and writing letters to Le
Grand Escargot. You can't imagine their delight
upon receiving a personal response from Le Grand
Escargot written especially for them and their Escargot!
They rush into the classroom waving their letters!
It is delightful for me to see them so thrilled
about using their French in this innovative way.
I see them absorbing proper usage of idiomatic
French in their communication with Le Grand Escargot
and having fun at the same time. It really has
added a new dimension to language learning in my classes
and other people at our school want to know what
this "escargot business" is all about!
On a recent trip to France and Italy with my
students, I was thrilled to receive a gift of two tiny
hand-blown glass snails from two of my "Escargot
parents" in French III.The French IV students found
a wonderful flag with a snail in the middle. These
are proudly displayed in my classroom
and remind me of how special this Escargot
phenomenon has made all of us feel.
Thank you so much for creating such a great
"Adopt an Escargot" ... has embellished my
curriculum, amused my students and, countless times,
just given me a lift. It has certainly made a
difference in my teaching this year.
I look forward to adopting again next year.
I love this! My seniors last year loved it too!
Seniors, you ask?
Yes, they became real SLUGS toward the month of
February and adopting un Escargot really got them going!
The students' e-mails to Le Grand Escargot were
answered promptly en français.
un chapeau ou c'est un serpent qui mangé un éléphant?
For all grown-ups who still like to revisit
childhood adventures, ...Adopt an Escargot
is the site to visit.Students love it. The site
appeals to our imagination and
our love of play in many inspired ways.
Here are some Bonnes Idées
from des profs with des élèves
who already are membres de la Société des
As member teachers, there are opportunities to
communicate with some of the other teachers
whose classes have adopted Escargots. Details of
that are available with membership.
Please e-mail Le Grand Escargot for more details!
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