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Elementary classrom in Orleans, France. Photo by Brittney Kosowan.

Week Two of French exchange includes teaching students about Canada

Teacher candidates enjoy pupils' enthusiasm to hear about prairie winters, food

May 26, 2015 — 

Four teacher candidates from the Faculty of Education participated in an exchange in Orleans, France, from May 11 to June 6, 2015.

While the students were in France, they kept a blog of their activities.

Post No. 2 is by Brittney Kosowan

Bonjour de la France!

An agora at Lycée Voltaire, the equivalent of a high school in France. Photo by Brittney Kosowan.

An agora at Lycée Voltaire, the equivalent of a high school in France. Photo by Brittney Kosowan.

It’s been a busy week for us here in Orléans. Thomas and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on a field trip with my class of eight-and-nine-year olds. We took a bus to a nearby town called Chaingy and met up with students from the school there. The students had been corresponding with one another and were very excited to meet. We were taken to their classroom, as well as city hall.

The students were able to meet the mayor who answered their questions and explained how the government works. They also learned about the grains that are grown in Chaingy such as wheat and canola, and the machines that are used to harvest them. It was a little slice of home for us.

All four of us spent two days at the Lycée Voltaire this week, where the classes are similar to those that are taken in a high school and first year of university. We presented a PowerPoint on Canada to two different classes that are learning English as an additional language. It was fun for us as well as the students who had a lot of questions about Canada. They seemed very interested in our winters and food.

Hope all is well in Winnipeg!

Read more:

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French exchange going strong in second year

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