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ARCHIVE - February 2012

February 2012

Welcome to the International Enrichment Center's French For Fun (FFF). We are a unique Language and Cultural Center in our 30th year of business, and our student body consists of individuals spanning all ages -- babies to seniors! Our "raison d'être" (mission) is to teach the French language in a "total immersion environment" and to share cultural customs and practices from Francophone countries and beyond. French is officially spoken in 33 countries of the world and we strive to expand our student's awareness and knowledge every day. We feel strongly about the importance of preparing all FFF students to become "globally-minded" citizens - open-minded, tolerant, aware and appreciative of personal and cultural diversity.

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This month was busy and festive. Early in the month we celebrated Mardi Gras - "Fat Tuesday". This celebration has its roots in Christian tradition, but we are as likely to explore and celebrate Chinese New Year, Diwali, or Cinco de Mayo at other times of the year. We find exploring cultural and some religious holidays to be a fun and effective way to capture our student's attention, especially since we communicate entirely in French. Lively topics of study coupled with extensive musical experiences led by our Music Director, Isabelle Magidson, teacher and professional musician, make the French For Fun experience totally engaging. Ms. Jolivet-Johnson, Founder and Master Teacher, prides herself in offering a truly holistic curriculum where equal focus is devoted to Academics and the Arts.

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Later in the month, the elementary and middle school students prepared for the National French Contest "Le Grand Concours" sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Over 100,000 students from all 50 states and abroad participate annually. Students range from grades 1-12 and they take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes. Grades 1-6 participate in the FLES Contest (Foreign Language at the Elementary School Level) and grades 7-12 participate in the Secondary Contest. French For Fun students have been participating in this challenging examination for over a decade, and many of our students have taken first place nationally at their level year after year. This is a testament to the teaching and learning that takes places every day in our school.

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