The French Traveler offers professional development workshops every summer in France for teachers of French and individuals who speak French at an intermediate level or better. Attended by language teachers and 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. 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.
Lodgings for the stage are in a 4-star hotel in between the vibrant Place St-Geroges and the picturesque Place Wilson in the heart of Toulouse, easy walking distance of restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, and transportation. Our seminars are held in the same hotel. Many of the teachers return each summer, eager not only to see their former colleagues but to learn and relearn the new materials, new places, new experiences.
For the eighteenth consecutive summer, we’re proud to present an outstanding class leader to guide us in our discussions and pedagogical pursuits. Instructor Catherine Camier, professeur des écoles in a private school in Toulouse, 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.
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. Yes, it’s tiring but oh so exhilarating!
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!
CLICK HERE to listen to what your colleagues say about the workshop.
CLICK HERE to register for the 2016 TOULOUSE workshop.
CLICK HERE to download our 2016 brochure (or ask us to mail you one!)