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JANUARY 2010 IN PARIS - AN INTENSIVE, ACTIVE & ENJOYABLE FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

From Sun 03 Jan 2010 to Thu 21 Jan 2010If you want to arrive early or leave later, we can make all your arrangements

After 25 years of organising January French Language & Culture courses for Australian & New Zealand university students of French, we are offering for the first time a similar experience for students about to enter their last two years of secondary school, or who are about to commence their university studies. The programme is extremely intensive : we never fail to be amazed at the progress the students who join us in January make! We have been helping Australian & New Zealand students in this way for well over 30 years, their feedback - and subsequent results - prove that it has always been most worthwhile!

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FOR SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS OF FRENCH

Annie Bancroft

Programme leader : Annie Bancroft
Educational director of Cpederf. Parisian born & bred, with degrees from the Institut de Sciences Politiques (the celebrated "Sciences Po"), the Sorbonne, as well as holding the "agrégation", Annie was a teacher of English in the Ivory Coast and Paris before being appointed the foundation-director of Creipac, in Noumea, New Caledonia, in 1979, responsible for the creation and organisation of French courses and "stages" for universities throughout Australia and New Zealand. Since 1984 she has been principal tour designer for all Cpederf's Language & Culture tours, as well as organising and running numerous educational tours for schools. In particular she has been responsible for the highly successful series of the month-long "January Stages" programmes designed for university students from Australia & New Zealand, now into their 32nd year.

20 days in PARIS

FOR STUDENTS STUDYING FRENCH AND WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THEIR LAST TWO YEARS AT HIGH SCHOOL OR SOON TO START UNIVERSITY

A PROGRAMME OF INTENSIVE FRENCH LANGUAGE REVISION & PRACTICE WITH WIDE-RANGING CULTURAL ACTIVITIES BUILT IN TO THE LANGUAGE WORK - a course especially deisgned for students from Australia & New Zealand.

Among the themes used as a basis for the language revision and cultural exploration will be : food and shops  - the history of Paris from Roman times to the Renaissance and from the XVIth century to nowadays  - French Impressionism and painting in the XXth century  - Press, media and advertising  - fashion and jewelry  - French decorative arts - The changing face of Paris.

The stay in Paris is aimed to be highly enjoyable but at the same time the pedagogical input is designed to develop the vocabulary and the aural and oral capacities of the students, developing their use of the main structures of the language, and all in the context of a strong cultural background.

For each theme the students will be provided with notes and vocabulary, to use as a reference-base for one or various activites, visits and guided visits around the theme which will involve the use of the data and vocabulary they have been given. They will be provided with a questionnaire, which they will be required to fill in for use in subsequent class discussions, for each visit or activity. 

The 9 round-table morning sessions will start with the checking of the questionnaires before introducing the new themes. Special small group sessions will be held for improving pronunciation and oral fluency generally.

As part of the cultural programme (in French!) the students will not only visit monuments like Notre Dame de Paris, La Sainte Chapelle, La Conciergerie, la Tour Eiffel but also markets, supermarkets, department stores, areas of Paris such as Le Marais, Montmartre,  the quartier des Invalides, de l' Opéra, the Faubourg Saint Honoré.

They will also discover the most famous museums : the Louvre, Orsay, the Invalides, Versailles, the Pompidou centre, but others less famous but totally fascinating : the crypt of Notre Dame, Cluny, Jacquemart-André, Rodin, the Orangerie, Picasso and many other marvels.

They will learn to feel totally at ease in Paris, having mastered not only the metro but also the bus system, the use of Pariscope,(complete weekly guide to everything in Paris) as well as becoming very familiar with the essential codes of social behaviour and linguistic awareness.

Half board accommodation is arranged in a hostel situated in a XVIIth century mansion in the historical heart of Paris. The students have a pass for unlimited transport in Paris throughout their stay and the supplementary tickets for Versailles. All the entries for sites and museums as well as all the guided visits in the programme are included. Two special meals in good restaurants are included : Get-together lunch and Farewell dinner.

An experienced university student will be accommodated at the hostel with the group and who will be responsible for looking after and advising the students in the hostel. This student will also be able to welcome them at the airport if they feel the need to be helped into Paris.

Price per student  : 1950 euros  

We stress that the students will only need money for a daily light lunch (200 euros would be ample) and pocket money. Travel to France is, of course, not included in this cost!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AFTER READING THE ATTACHED DOCUMENT, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO EMAIL ANNIE & DAVID BANCROFT :

cpederf@cpederf.com

 

 

 

 

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JANUARY 2010 IN PARIS - AN INTENSIVE, ACTIVE & ENJOYABLE FRENCH  LANGUAGE & CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

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You will arrive in Paris at the end of the festive season, just in time to see the illuminations which give additional beauty to the city, especially in winter-timeGuided walking tours will take you through many of the great & historical "places" in Paris, as here : the Place Vendôme,one of the world's most famous centres of jewelryYou will become familiar with much of the history of Paris down the centuries by being taught to observe the builidngs around you (Here : the Place des Vosges)Even the little details, which often pass unobserved, can tell us a lot, like this "mascaron"This is not the inside of a theatre, but one of the great Paris departmental storesAnd this is not the inside of a church with its stained glass : you go here to shop, not to pray!French creativity in the decorative arts of all kinds has for many centuries produced many marvels, for instance this clock dating from the Ancien RegimeA superb example of the art of the most famous of 17th French cabinet makers, André Charles Boulle, who made this "commode) for Louis XIV at VersaillesDuring your time in Paris you will be accommodated and have your French language sessions here : a superb17th century mansion beautifully restored by the city of Paris, now the best of the international student hostels in the cityAlthough the pace of the course will be very concentrated, there are always moments in which to relax : here three students on a previous course enjoy a breather during their visit to the Palais du LuxembourgOf all the wonderful places you will be taken to see in the city and have explained to you, none is more exquisitely beautiful than the Sainte Chapelle near Notre-DameDuring your visit to the great Paris Opera house (Garnier) you see some wonderful decorations and works of art, none more beautiful than the famous ceiling renovated and re-decorated by the great 20th century painter, Marc ChagallYou will have a guided walkling tour round Montmartre : just behind Sacré Coeur lies the heart of what was once one of the greatest innovative centres in European painting, still extremely fascinating to exploreParis has always been a major centre for the arts, and many great painters have lived and worked here, including especially the Impressionists such as Monet who decorated the OrangerieYou will be taken on a walking tour of the "hidden covered passages" - the 19th century equivalent in  Paris of today's commercial shopping centresWhen you want a quick snack, what better place to choose something to nibble than in a traditional "pâtisserie"?When you look closely at the details of the decorations in Versailles, you will quickly appreciate, for instance, the importance of music there during the reigns of Louis XIV, XV & XVI in the 17th & 18th centuriesOne of the high points of your course will be the guided visit round the Château of Versailles : the recent five-year long restoration of the great Hall of Mirrors has produced something so glorious it can rival the Sistine Chapel!
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