The French Traveler offers professional development workshops every summer in France for teachers of French. Attended by language teachers from many different regions, the stage d’immerson focuses on the contemporary issues of France, making French culture more accessible to teachers and consequently, their students. Morning seminars and afternoon excursions occupy our days; leisure time and optional activities fill in the gaps. The seminars cover topics and themes included in the syllabus for advanced studies of French. We speak only French; we dine together in restaurants selected for their authenticity. We also laugh a lot. When we’re not engaged in animated discussions about France today, we’re collectively pooling ideas for new lesson plans and spending our free time in the museums and bookstores we’ve been longing to visit.
The 2015 stage intensif will be held in the culturally rich region of Bretagne, with grand historical and geographical
importance. At the heart of the Brittany, Rennes is a vibrant city with a large student population, dotted with colorful medieval houses in pans de bois, where the Vilane River curls gracefully through the town and several cobblestoned streets allow for leisurely pedestrian strolling. We’ll discover the passionate history of this region: learn how Brittany—then a separate kingdom—became attached to France during the reign of Anne de Bretagne; we’ll learn the differences between la Haute Bretagne et la Basse Bretagne (“bretonnante”), as well as la Bretagne nord and la Bretagne sud; we’ll hear about the terrible fire of 1720 which ravaged 40% of the city of Rennes, and the more recent fire of 1994 which devoured the historical Parlement building and traumatized les Bretons.
Lodgings for the stage are in a 4-star hotel, complete with restaurant and spa, in the heart of Rennes, within walking distance of restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, and transportation. Our seminars are held in the same hotel.
For the seventeenth consecutive summer, we’re proud to present an outstanding class leader to guide us in our discussions and pedagogical pursuits. Instructor Benjamin Sabatier, professeur d’histoire-géo in a private school in Rennes, will stimulate your inquiry into intercultural issues that is bound to have an impact on your lesson plans next fall. You may earn 85 Massachusetts professional development hours for your efforts. Consult the website for further details.
To continue your immersion in the language and culture of France, choose to extend your stay in the area. Il y a tant de choses à voir et à faire!
Come stretch your limits with us. Register early; space is limited. Venez vivre à la française!
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