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Albemarle Middle School Students Create French iPad App

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

A class of Albemarle County middle school students has created a French iPad application that is now available in the Apple Store.

The group of eighth grade students at Saint Anne's Belfield School say the project was a fun and easy way to learn the language.

The assignment started with a field trip to the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. back in November. From there, the class of 14 students spent about two months developing the app.

The "Mystery at the Embassy" app features a story about a French diplomat conducting an investigation in our nation’s Capitol. The eighth graders wrote the script in English and incorporated French expressions throughout the tale. They then recorded the narrative, used coding to build the app, designed the artwork, and edited the product before it was submitted to the app store.

“It was a lot more fun than normal because we weren't just confined to reading out of a textbook or just doing normal vocabulary. We were actually learning something new,” said Grant Peterson, eighth-grade student.

Users of this app have the option of navigating the story at either the beginner or advanced level.

This is the second year in a row that a group of eighth grade students at STAB have produced a language app.

Since the free app was accepted into the Apple Store last week, there's been at least 60 downloads across 17 countries. To check out the project, click here.

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