Taking French Teachers to France: Organizing a Summer Immersion Program Supported by Grants


  • Marie-Christine Weidmann Koop Ph.D.

    1. University of North Texas
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      Michigan State University) is Assistant Professor of French and Director of the French Summer Institute at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.


ABSTRACT  This article describes the various steps that were taken to organize and implement a five-week French summer institute for secondary teachers of French, involving a three-week stay in France and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the French Cultural Services. After outlining the reasons that led to the conception of the project, the author explains the objectives behind the program, the course content, and the administration of the Institute. Also described are budget considerations, participants' progress, the evaluation process, the video project developed by the participants, and the follow-up to the Institute. The article refers to obstacles encountered along the way and includes recommendations for similar projects. It should prove useful to anyone interested in organizing a summer institute abroad.