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More than two dozen children to participate in UMFK French immersion summer program

July 22, 2005

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More than two dozen area youth will take part in a University of Maine at Fort Kent French immersion summer program on the campus beginning Monday, August 1 and running through Friday, August 5.

The week-long event is designed for children five to ten years of age. It focuses on learning and using the French language through hands-on exercises and fun activities.

Classes will be held at the UMFK SportsCenter in room 118.

The morning session, for children five to seven will run from 9:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. Fifteen youth are signed up for the morning program. The afternoon session with eleven students will begin at 1:00 p.m. and last through 3:30 p.m. for children age eight to ten.

Instructors for the course will be Connie Cloutier and Shelley Dupuis, both experienced St. John Valley French-language teachers.

Students in the morning class will be introduced to the beginning-level of speaking French, whereas, students in the afternoon session will be involved with activities designed for both beginning and intermediate-level French speakers.

The primary language used for teaching the students in both sessions will be French.

The French immersion summer program continues to be popular with local residents as well as visitors who spend their summers in the Valley. It allows children to learn and use the French language through fun activities, such as arts and crafts, sing-along and story telling.

The University's French Heritage Council is providing funding support for the children's program.

"We are pleased to be able to support this year's program," said council member and Acadian Archives director Lisa Ornstein. "We are pleased that we have had such a good response. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to obtain high-quality, low-cost French-language instruction for their children."