French at Rutgers Day Brings High School Students and their Teachers to Campus

Professors Mary Shaw and Carole Allamand, outgoing and incoming undergraduate directors in French respectively, co-organized this event, which allowed the French Department to reach out to New Jersey High Schools and demonstrate the multiple opportunities around campus for French study.  Participants went to four different sessions: a discussion session on French studies and careers was led by Professor Allamand that featured two representatives from the Paris Chamber of Commerce; Professors Francois Cornilliat and Mathilde Bombart gave lectures on French literature and culture; and Alfredo Franco, Education Curator, and Professor Mary Shaw gave a guided tour of the Zimmerli’s French collection in English and French. 

photo credit: Kailynn Barbour

For the session at the Language Institute, teachers and students went to different presentations.  Students attended a media presentation on the latest language acquisition methods coordinated by Marion Yudow and Myriam Alami.  Teachers went to a presentation featuring opportunities for continuing education and study abroad.  Professor Uri Eisensweig led a session on how to use French songs in the classroom and explained how he and his students put together L’accent de Rutgers in one of his undergraduate seminars on French song.  The cds were offered to participants for them to use in their classrooms.

photo credit: Kailynn Barbour

Teachers also learned about the opportunities for a Master of Arts for Teachers (MAT) through the Rutgers Summer World Languages Institute.  And, Christelle Palpacuer, the Director of the French Resource Center, described the materials she has available for teachers as well as the Rutgers at the Louvre two-week summer program for K-12 Teachers of French.  Founded by Carole Allamand, the program brings NJ teachers to the Louvre in Paris for an intensive language and culture experience that enables them to effectively use art in their classrooms.

A reception closed the day with remarks by all the co-sponsors:  the French department, the Zimmerli’s Education Department, the French Embassy, and the American Association of Teachers of French.

A great day -  une journée splendide  - was had by all!

photo credit: Kailynn Barbour


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