Last year, our school created an exchange program with the Lycée Camille Corot in Morestel, France, and we welcomed 48 students from this high school into our ESA community for a week-long exchange. This experience deepened our students’ motivation to learn and use French in a very powerful way. In April of 2014, 9 of our French students were able to take a trip to France over spring break. The students stayed 5 days with their host families in Morestel, spent 2-3 days in Lyon – the capital of French cuisine – and finished with a week in Paris. While in Paris, they participated in a phonetics workshop with linguist and professor Bertrand Lauret (NYU, Université de Paris III) , took a tour of and observed French classes at NYU in Paris, and volunteered their time to read stories and/or present lessons to young primary-school students learning English. This trip marked the beginning of a wonderful tradition of linguistic and cultural exchange through travel at ESA.
“When I went to France, I was so scared; I had never been away from home or my family before, I was in a strange country and I didn’t know most of the kids very well. I didn’t know what to expect, but once we got there, all that changed. I tried things I had never dreamed of trying – like snails and frog legs – and we all grew really close with each other, the teachers and the other French students. It changed me and now I will always approach new things in life with a more positive outlook.”
– Muse McCormack, 2014 French Ambassador, Class of 2016
In April of 2018, we hope to send 16 of our students to France. This trip would not be possible without the generosity of ESA supporters! Please considering donating to our program.
If you’re interested in becoming an official sponsor, please see the French Ambassadors website for the sponsorship options.