When Cournoyer started out, only accelerated students took a foreign language.
She agrees that students' lives were simpler then. Today, everyone has a chance to learn a new language, but there are many more distractions to prevent progress, she said. "They have so many more things going on outside of school. To reach them, you have to work much harder."
One of Cournoyer's lessons involves making German rap videos. To prepare, her students did a comparison of the history of rap in the United States and Germany and wrote their own German raps.