Embassy Invites 35 Teachers of French to "Summer University"
From June 25 through 28, 35 American teachers of French gathered at the French Embassy to participate in the 2012 "Summer University" training session, organized by the Embassy’s Cultural Services Department.
- Marie-Catherine Glaser, Program Officer for Educational Affairs
The program’s theme centered around "Theater and Spoken Word for French as a Foreign Language," which provided free training for French teachers based in the cultural department’s assigned region. Hailing from the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, attendees took part in seminars covering the full spectrum of improving French speaking ability through the use of theater in the classroom.
The program’s goal is to give teachers the pedagogical tools that will help them think up and put into action a project on theater and the spoken word in their French classes or their school.
Following each full day of activities, evening cultural events took place around Washington and included a French film screening and an outing to a French restaurant. The program’s final night culminated with a visit to the Washington chapter of the Alliance Française, France’s worldwide language teaching institution, for a "lecture-performance" event titled "Little-Known Stories of Paris."