Teacher Training in New England
The Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Boston regularly organizes teacher training workshops for French middle and high school teachers as well as university professors.
These workshops are generally held at the Boston Public Library or at the French Cultural Center, are either a morning or day-long session and are always free.
The themes of these workshops vary but have in the past included the use of the press, television, and radio in the classroom; hip hop and other songs; Haiti; Francophone cultures, and more. The workshops bring speakers directly from France, such as Michel Boiron (CAVILAM), Lidwien Van Dixhoorn (RFI), Serge Laurent (CLEMI), Michèle Jacobs (TV5 Monde), among others.
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This 18-hour free professional development seminar was organized and sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Cultural Service of the Consulate general of France in Boston and was hosted by Waring School at Beverly, MA.
Angela SILVA, trainer for teachers of French as a Foreign Language, conducted this seminar on the concept of “Systematization at the core of the pedagogical units”.
In a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Angela, who has taught French for 23 years at the French Institute of Mexico, offered the attendees resourceful teaching technics through varied exercises. The group of French teachers coming from all over New England had very positive feedback about this three-day training.
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Formation le 10 Novembre à Providence - FREE Workshop, 360 min
Training will start at 9:30am until 5:00pm at the Alliance Française de Providence, 928 Smith Street, Providence, RI.
Café and viennoiseries are offered by the Consulate.
Lunch is not included. Place are limited.
To reserve please contact Magali Boutiot.
Creating a motivating lesson plan with authentic sound material from RFI
This workshop will enable participants to use RFI audio clips in various situations. The workshop consists of three parts and involving plenary discussions and tasks in mini groups :
A : What does “listening to radio” mean ? What is the potential of radio programs? A series of listening experiences will help us to adjust our usual perception of the pedagogical aims we set for our lessons and consider new ideas and new perspectives on using radio.
B: Choosing audio material that meets the needs of the learners. Using the RFI website, we will work on different programs and formats in order to define the criteria that enable teachers to choose a theme and a format that fits the pedagogical approach and match the learners’ interests and needs.
C: Drafting a motivating 5 step lesson plan: starting with the criteria above, we will choose one of RFI programs and design a complete 5 step lesson plan integrating various language learning skills (listen, write, interact, speak and read).