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UMFK to offer French immersion program for young children

June 24, 2005


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be offering a weeklong French immersion summer program Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5.

The program is designed to teach for children five to ten years of age to learn and use the French language.

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

The morning session will be from 9:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. for children age five to seven, and the afternoon session will begin at 1:00 p.m. and last through 3:30 p.m. for kids age eight to ten.

Instructors will be Connie Cloutier and Shelley Dupuis, both St. John Valley experienced French-language teachers. The students from the morning class will be introduced to the beginning-level of speaking French, and the afternoon class will be involved with activities for both beginning and intermediate-level of speaking French.

The primary language used for teaching the students 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 hoping for a good response to this opportunity for parents to obtain high-quality, low-cost French-language instruction for their children."

Registration of the immersion class is $15 per child. Lunch is not provided.

Deadline for registering is Wednesday, July 22. To register, contact the registrar's office at 834-7520.