Summer 2018 Institute for Teachers of French


“Québec: D’hier à aujourd’hui”

June 24-29, 2018
Conducted en francais
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Application Process

Apply with this Application Form.  Applications due April 15th.

Accepted participants will register online by April 30th.

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2018 Summer Institute Description

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Eligibility: Open Invitation for U.S. Teachers of French (pre-K to grade 12 plus community college and university levels).  Educators of disciplines other than French may also apply pending their French language ability and verification of teaching responsibilities related to Québec/Canadian content.  French language ability required for participation is intermediate level in accordance with ACTFL guidelines.
French Immersion: L’Institut will be conducted en français.  The official language of Québec is French.
Program Description:  « Québec : D’hier à aujourd’hui » will offer French language professional development in an immersion setting for six days in Québec City, Québec, Canada . Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain and designated as an UNESCO world heritage site, Québec City is one of the oldest cities in North America and known for its charm.  Program content designed to support Educators seeking to incorporate Québec/Canadian culture and North American French content into their classrooms.  Select curriculum materials and teaching resources will be provided. 
Sessions will address select Québec topics relating to language, culture (literature, poetry, film, music, art, theatre, among others), history, geography, and politics.  L’Institut will offer a robust learning opportunity through first-hand experiences.  
Program Director:  Dr. Frédéric Rondeau, Assistant Professor of French, University of Maine is a Montréal native who received his Ph.D. from McGill University.  His research specialization includes 20th Century Québec Literature and Culture; Francophone Literature of North America; Québec Poetry; and Post-‘68 Literature, Culture, and Politics.  His research on Québec counterculture was published in February 2016 in a book he co-edited with Karim Larose La contre-culture au Québec (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal).
Testimonials:  “I recommend this institute to my French teaching colleagues;” “The Institute is extremely well organized and rich in resources for teachers. I came away with dozens of ideas of how I will include information about Québec in my French classes;” “Well organized, committed leaders…speakers were interesting and relevant.”
Transportation:  Participants are responsible to provide their own transportation to and from Québec City, with arrival to be scheduled no later than 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 24, 2018.  The program will officially conclude at noon Friday, June 29, 2018.  (Transportation provided for program activities scheduled throughout L’Institut.)
Application Process:  Application Form   Applicants must also submit an expression of interest to be written in French.  Deadline: April 15, 2018.  Acceptance within one week. Registration must be paid by April 30, 2018.
Registration Cost: USD$699 includes double-occupancy at a centrally located hotel, some meals, transportation during the program, and curriculum materials.
Organization: L’Institut d’été pour les enseignant(e)s de francais is organized by the Northeast National Resource Center on Canada – a consortium including the Canadian-American Center, University of Maine and the Center for the Study of Canada / Institute on Québec Studies, State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh.  The Northeast National Resource Center on Canada has offered professional development to American teachers in Canadian and Québec Studies since the 1980s, and has provided training to thousands of educators who teach about Québec and Canada.  L’Institut is produced with support from the United States Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education, Title VI program.
For more information: 
Betsy Arntzen at 207.581.4225 /arntzen@maine.edu