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WHS French Club traveled to Paris

Students from French Club traveled to Paris early this summer for a seven day visit to the famous City of Lights.  They were led by Mrs. Sue Mead, on an adventure that not only focused on speaking French, but also explored cultural sites that they had studied throughout the year.  The students arrived in Paris on June 22 and began their visit of the city with a walking tour which included Notre Dame Cathedral and a stroll along the Seine River. During the week they visited the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay where they viewed the great masterpieces of the world, including the Mona Lisa and the great Impressionist works of Monet, Cezanne, and Degas.  An excursion to the Loire Valley introduced them to the beautiful chateaux which were homes to many of the French aristocracy. (The above photo was taken in front of Chambord, the largest of France’s history-laden castles.)  On the return trip to Paris, students stopped by Chartres, one of the largest gothic cathedrals in the world and learned the history of this site of medieval pilgrimage.  In Paris the students became proficient at traveling on the Paris metro as they visited the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, the Luxembourg and Tuilerie Gardens, the Pompidou Center, and the Opera.  As they traveled, they distributed North Carolina tee-shirts to friends they made along their way. One of the highlights on the trip was a scavenger hunt made by Mrs. Mead  which was centered in the Latin Quarter. In groups of three, the students found and photographed items which they had learned about both in their classrooms and during their visit.  Forced to use their French language with people they met in stores, parks, and cafes, the students recognized the value of their language studies.  This school year these students will bring back to their classrooms first-hand experiences and impressions of the global community that they encountered in Paris. 

Written by: Sue Mead, French teacher
Posted: Aug 18, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards

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