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I am very excited to be teaching French 2 and AP French this year.  In French 2 we will be focusing on learning to effectively communicate in French by building vocabulary, perfecting pronunciation and practicing spelling so that students can move on to higher levels of French in their upcoming years at LL-ESAT.
The AP French class will be conducted completely in French.  Students will be speaking, listening, reading and writing French all year so that they are well prepared for the AP exam in May.  In class, we will be covering topics such as identity, immigration, racism, technology, and environmental issues in our own community and in francophone countries around the world.  We will also watch a variety of French language movies to go along with each of the themes we cover.
I started learning French in middle school. My French teachers inspired in me a life-long interest and love of French language and culture. In fact, I loved learning French and learning about the world so much that I decided to take a year off between high school and college in order to live in southern Belgium. There, I lived with a host family and attended a local high school. It is during this immersion experience that I truly became fluent in French. Afterwards, I received both my bachelor's and master's degree in French from Bryn Mawr College, in Pennsylvania.  I had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Paris and a summer in Avignon (southern France). My experience abroad not only improved my French, but also showed me that it is possible to become fluent in French! The trick is practice, and we will practice as much as possible in this classroom. I want to try to create an immersion experience for you within the walls of my classroom. 
Learning a foreign language is fun, and nothing beats the excitement of speaking French while traveling in French-speaking countries. I have traveled to France many times and each time I discover something new and wonderful about the country known for delicious food, impressive architecture, and breathtaking landscapes. Throughout our year together I hope to impart this same love of French language and culture on each and every one of my students.
I am also the lead chaperone for the French trip that we organize every other year through the company EF.  In 2016, we went to Paris and the French Riviera during our spring break in April.  In the spring of 2018 we traveled to French-speaking Québec and Montréal.  I love traveling with students because it is an amazing opportunity for the students to use their French outside of the classroom and to spark a love for travel that I am sure will continue for the rest of their lives!  The next trip we will take will be to Canada in 2020.  Students will be getting information about signing up for the trip through their French teacher and through whole school announcements.