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French Courses Held at UMFK

July 28, 2006



UMFK held three weeklong French courses in June and July: (L to R) Kelsey Landry, Fort Kent; cooking ployes Charles Collin, Frenchville; Nola Daigle, New Canada; Lise Pelletier, Augusta; Donna Plourde, Frenchville; Keisha Hartt, St-Francis; and Norman Fineman, Bar Harbor.

Pictured above are students participating in a weeklong French immersion course entitled French Review I. Classes met from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21. In addition to oral communication, students worked on grammar, pronunciation, reading and comprehension. French songs, videos, and literary works by French, Acadian, Québécois, and Cadian writers complemented the textbooks. A fieldtrip to Edmundston, New Brunswick, provided the perfect opportunity to practice listening and speaking skills.

The Fort Kent campus of the University of Maine also offered two other French immersion courses, Acadian Literature, and French Review II. Students learned about Acadian history: the first settlement at Ste-Croix Island in 1604, the ravages of the Deportation, the Acadian Renaissance of the late 19th Century, and the cultural and linguistic vitality in Acadie today.

All three classes are fully accredited and may count towards recertification requirements or continuing education for teachers or students. Le Club Français defrayed the costs not covered by the St-John Valley's school districts. The instructor for all three courses was Lise Pelletier, a Fort Kent native and Ph.D. student in French at the University of Maine. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and French from l'Université de Moncton, in Edmundston; an master of arts degree in French from the University of Maine, and has been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies by the Canadian-American Center for the last three years.