Vive la France et le Minnesota !
Summer Scholarship Immersion Trips – July 2016
In July 2016, fifteen Award Towards Excellence Program students received scholarship trips to France and Concordia Language Villages.
Each year students are selected based upon their achievements in the program and by individual essays and interviews conducted by the Educational Outreach Committee.
Les étudiants racontent
Students Write About Their Travels
Trip to France—July 2016:
Discovering the "Old World"
"I loved the stained glass of the Notre Dame Cathedral. I could not help thinking about Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I finally understood why Hugo felt that the cathedral was a 'symphony set in stone.' " – Alicia
"Walking through the Sacré Cœur, I was extremely humbled by the sheer magnificence and grandeur of the place. I couldn't take my eyes off of the art or the ceiling, the shrines; every single detail was polished and refined to make one glorious monument." – Jon
"At the Musée dOrsay, I was able to see Monets work
in person at long last. I was brought to tears at how a man almost blind could
create such beauty.
My friends and I went to watch a World Cup game right in front of the Eiffel Tower at the FIFA Fan Fest, but first we bought a soccer ball and decided to play a bit. After a while, a Chinese man asked if he could play, and minutes later a group of French teenagers asked to join. While playing we were able to talk and learn about each other's cultures. The French are very passionate about soccer. – Luis
It seemed to me that people in Paris are happier when they arent working and depressed when they are working. It just goes to show that Parisians have their priorities straight. – Jon
The French were very friendly. In fact, we found that they love
Americans, especially in Normandy. Sometimes they do not agree with our
government, thats all.
Trip to Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota—July 2016:
A French immersion experience
Lac du Bois is so much fun. It is really cool to be surrounded by so
much French. I find myself speaking it all the time. Today we heard about
Senegal from a counselor who is Sénégalais. I understood
everything. I have become superfrançais as they say here!
I am a firm believer in that being immersed in a language is the best
way to learn it. Not only did I learn more about the French language and
culture, I learned about being a global citizen. I loved the feeling when all
the villages came together on International Day. Being at Lac du Bois helped
nudge me towards the direction Im headed for college; I now have an
interest in majoring in International Relations.
I feel comfortable speaking French even if I make mistakes. I am surprised as to how much Lac du Bois has helped me grow as a person. I went there scared of speaking French and only preoccupied with my own culture and returned with eyes open to all the different cultures in this world. – Alison
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- $50 provides CDs for listening comprehension.
- $100 provides a cultural guest speaker.
- $250 provides an evening of French culture in Chicago for all students – such as a theater performance or concert.
- $500 provides for one French teacher at the Alliance for one term.
- $1,000 provides enrichment classes for one local high school student for one year.
- $2,500 provides an educational summer trip to Concordia Language Villages for one student.
- $5,000 provides a study trip to France for one student.
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