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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

    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
    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
    * 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
    * 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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