PetrSU Students at the French Language and Culture Camp in France
The bilateral agreement on cooperation ties the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU and Jean Dote’s Lyceum (France) since 1986. Within the agreement biannually a group of students take part in a two-week long camp in the country of the studied language. Over the past 33 years, more than 700 students and over 20 teachers have taken part in the exchange between the twin-cities.
In April 2019 the participants of the traditional camp on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean were 21 students of the IFL (programs “French and English Languages”, “English and French Languages”, “German and French Languages”) and the camp leader, senior teacher of the Department of the German and French Languages of the IFL of PetrSU Olga Veselovskaya.
The program arranged for the Russian students in La Rochelle was eventful. It included official visits to the Mayor’s Office of La Rochelle, the Administration of Jean Dote’s Lyceum and the University of La Rochelle. The participants had an opportunity to take inside look into the educational system in France: students attended classes in educational institutions of all levels, from daycare centers and to the University of La Rochelle. The students say that they the visits have given them food for thought, comparison, and analysis of the study process in Russia and France, as many of them had recently undertaken teaching internship at schools of the Republic of Karelia. PetrSU students prepared colourful presentations about Russia, Karelia, and Petrozavodsk, came up with interesting tasks and quests about the Russian language and culture for students learning the Russian language. All classes were engaging and efficient, the students answered various questions that the Lyceum students had and encouraged their interest in our country.
The cultural program of the camp featured a tour around La Rochelle, the city familiar to us from the novels of Alexandre Dumas, visits to museums, boat tour to the famous Fort Boyard. The culmination was the meeting in the Friendship Society: more than 100 citizens of the twin-city came to one of the concert halls of La Rochelle to learn more about Russian culture. The IFL students creatively presented our land, entertained the audience with jolly songs, music and dances, as well as treated them to home-cooked cakes and desserts.
A distinctive feature of the camp is that all the participants leave in host families. All students note that this an amazing opportunity to master the studied language, make new friends and immerse themselves in the traditions, customs, and culture of French families.
The next International French Language and Culture Camp will take place in 2020. The Institute of Foreign Languages will host Lyceum students from La Rochelle who study the Russian language.