Bonjour Chers Collègues
The French Traveler offers professional development workshops every summer in France for French teachers and individuals who speak French at an intermediate level or better. Attended by language teachers as well as francophones from different regions, many of whom return year after year after year, the stage d’immersion 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. For those who teach French, 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.
We seek the most authentic visits and encounters possible: “Je suis quelqu’un du terroir!”
OVERIEW OF THE FRENCH IMMERSION TOUR
To proudly celebrate our twentieth year of creating French cultural immersion programs for teachers of French, our 2018 stage intensif will be held in Lyon, the city which first hosted The French Traveler in 1998. Download a copy of our daily program here.
As France’s third city (close behind Marseille), majestically located between the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, Lyon has much to boast about. French teachers’ favorite author, Antoine de St-Exupéry, was born here and recently a stèle was erected in his name at his native home. With five hundred city hectares of World Heritage sites, Lyon has become an important business and cultural hub, famous for its traboules, striking new Musée des Confluences, bouchon restaurants, well-preserved Vieux Lyon, creative Guignol puppetry, and award-winning rose garden in the Parc de la Tête d’Or. CNN Travel Department even favorably compares Lyon to Paris in this article.
Surrounded by the rich vineyards of the Beaujolais, the Bourgogne, and the Côtes du Rhône, as well as diverse farmlands and countryside, Lyon couldn’t help but become the nation’s capital of gastronomy, an honor happily acknowledged by other cities. Chef Paul Bocuse dominates the city’s restaurant culture, and Chef Jacques Pépin started his career in his mother’s restaurant in Lyon. Saveur Magazine published this article on the heartiness of Lyon’s bouchon cuisine in their May 2016 issue.
Lyon’s ideal geographic position also allows for outstanding excursions to the surrounding areas. We’ll visit the incontournable wine region of the Vallée du Rhône, with its dizzying landscapes and Roman vestiges; the mountain village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, the only village in France to be honored as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in Israel for the role its habitants played in saving Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe; and the elegant city of Aix-les-Bains, the “Riviera of the North,” known for its healing waters, magnificent abbey, and exceptional Faure museum with the second-highest collection of Rodin statues outside of Paris.
Lodgings will be in a 4-star hotel in the center of town, and seminars are held in the same hotel. Many of our participants who have traveled and studied with us return each summer, enjoying the friendships they made in previous years. They recognize the value of the seminars and intercultural experiences which enrich their teaching and deepen their understanding of France.
For the twentieth consecutive summer, French teachers will appreciate an excellent class leader to guide us in our discussions and pedagogical pursuits. Instructor Nadia Aiab will stimulate your inquiry into several passionate subjects that are bound to have an impact on your lesson plans next fall. You may earn 85 Massachusetts professional development hours for your efforts. Consult this page for further details
Is there an “admission requirement?” Only that you be willing and able to speak only French for 12 straight days, in class, at meals, in your rooms, and on our excursions, as the use of English is discouraged at all times. Yes, it’s tiring but oh so enlightening! OK, sign me up!
Venez vous joindre à nous! Vous ne le regretterez pas. Nous serions heureux de vous mettre en contact avec des stagiaires qui ont bien profité de leur séjour, qui sont prêts à partager leurs expériences.
Director, The French Traveler
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Need a paper copy of the program? Download our Daily Itinerary here or request a copy of our brochure via email and we’ll be happy to mail you one.
Come stretch your limits with us. Register early; space is limited. Venez vivre à la française!