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Warm Atmosphere of African Film Festival an Attractive Setting for
French Immersion

Whether you are interested in improving your French fluency or you want
to deepen your knowledge about Francophone Africa and the Caribbean,
Penobscot School's spring workshop in Montreal might be just right for
you.

This Maine-based nonprofit language school, in collaboration with Vues
d'Afrique, offers a French immersion workshop each April at the very
heart of North America's largest festival of Francophone film and video.

You will see the latest documentary and fiction films produced in
Africa and the Caribbean, meet great people from here and around the
Francophone world while brushing up your French language skills.

Our contact and friend at Vues d'Afrique festival headquarters is
Yanick Dutelly, a professional singer of Haitian traditional music.
(Among her many kindnesses,Yanick brought us hot croissants and fresh
coffee last year!).

Many of the directors will be present at the festival and will
participate in the French-immersion workshop. Schulz describes the
workshop
schedule: "We watch a film in the evening and get together the next
morning for French language class followed by a discussion with the
film's director. The festival atmosphere is informal and very conducive
to French conversation." Schulz notes that the films are either in
French or in other languages with French sub-titles.

". . . .Strong views and deep emotions also surfaced during our
discussions the next day. . . .So much of what I felt I couldn't
express in French. But that's why such immersion trips are good
motivators, Schulz said. 'Trying to bring together your language and
your emotions is the essence of it--it's why we do it.'" -Stacy
Teicher, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor, May 28, 2003

The workshop runs from April 15 to 19, 2004. It is open to adults with
at least an intermediate level of French. The basic rate of $450
includes:
* Orientation and reception Thursday evening, April 15
* Lodging for 4 nights, double occupancy (Thursday - Sunday; Monday
morning departure)
* Tickets to "Soirée d'Ouverture" and all films 4/15 - 4/18
* French classes Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings
* Meetings and discussions with filmmakers Friday, Saturday and Sunday
mornings
* Informal post-film discussions
* All French course, festival and city orientation materials

For more detail, visit www.cinema-africain.org and
www.vuesdafrique.org. Contact Julia Schulz, Director, African Film
Access, Penobscot School, 28 Gay Street, Rockland, Maine 04841 USA;
tel.: (207) 594-1084; fax: (207) 594-1067 or julias@languagelearning.org
 
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