The À l’école program is one of the main activities of France Education Northwest. FEN interns share with children of all ages, from elementary school to high school, their French culture and language. This is accomplished in one-hour presentations at the schools; specific content depends on the age levels and themes or interests. Interaction between the French interns and the local students gives both groups the opportunity to learn about the other group’s culture.

The student attendees learn about the country of France and its history, music, cinema, fashion, electoral system, depending on the theme of the visit.

May 2016 was a busy month for our A l’Ecole program, our staff visited Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma and Asa Mercer International Middle School on Beacon Hill. Between the two schools, we did ten presentations for over 100 students!

Teachers’ Testimonials

A 4th grade French teacher at the Broadview Thomson Elementary School stated after the FEN intern’s visit, ”They (the children) came back speaking French!”

A FEN presentation at Port Townsend High School prompted these comments from the teacher, “A wonderful presentation! The discussion of politics – past and future elections – was especially timely. A wonderful experience for my students!”

A middle school teacher at Mercer International Middle School said of the FEN presentations in Spring 2016, “It was so fun for the students to hear about Paris and to dream about their future travels! As an international school, we are always looking for ways to enrich our students’ understanding of the world.”

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Mercer Middle School May 23 and 24, 2016
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Charles Wright Academy May 16, 2016
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Guest speaker at Eastlake High School French Honor Society Induction Ceremony October 24, 2016