Polly Vanderputten, a teacher of French and German at Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School, has been awarded a graduate scholarship by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For two weeks this summer, Vanderputten will study at the France Langue institute in Nice, France.
In addition to her studies, Vanderputten plans to research the area with the goal of establishing a trip to France for the CVU French program in 2016.
Her coursework in Nice will focus on contemporary France and how the French language is evolving, including workshops on how to bring film, literature, music, and current events into the classroom. The curriculum includes field trips to major artistic and cultural sites in and around the city of Nice, as well as courses on the pedagogy of culture, grammar, and phonetics.
Vanderputten says she is “very excited” to implement what she learns this summer in her French I, II, and AP French classes next year and, she adds, “the prospect of establishing a French Trip to the Côte d’Azur is absolutely magnifique! It’s an area rich in culture, history, art, and cuisine – perfect for engaging students on multiple levels.”