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UMFK offers two courses on French language review

June 4, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be offering two intensive weeklong language courses this summer. The courses are open to teachers and other community members.

French Review I will be offered from July 12 through July 16. French Review II, for advanced students, will meet from July 26 through the 30th. Both courses will meet all day and are being taught by Lise Pelletier on the UMFK campus.

Participants will improve their communication and grammar skills; gain a better understanding of the language including pronunciation and an improved understanding of available Francophone literature. Advanced students are expected to communicate primarily in French and give short oral presentations.

Both the courses use a cooperative learning environment where students use texts, handouts, films, and discussion, as well as field trips to selected locations in the community.

Le Club Francais, a local group which fosters appreciation of Franco American and Acadian culture and language, is supporting local elementary school teachers attending these courses, and will provide funding support, including tuition and fees.

"Although primarily intended for teachers, these courses will appeal to parents and others with an understanding of the French language and an interest in learning more," said Don Eno, coordinator of academic outreach.

Each class is worth 3 university credit hours, and may count towards recertification requirements or continuing education credits for teachers. Teachers should check with their particular school department.

For more information, contact Eno at 834-7835. To register for the course call the UMFK registrar's office at 834-7520.