French courses begin

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 12:38 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Opportunities to speak, listen to and learn French abound this fall at Penobscot School.

After beginning with a Friday, Sept. 16, FRench retreat weekend at Blueberry Cove Camp in Tenants Harbor, weekly FRench courses kick off Monday, Sept. 19, at the school’s campus at 28 Gay St.

French-speaking faculty include Margot Stiassni-Sieracki of Edgecomb and Winnie Easton-Jones of Rockport, who will teach the Level 1 and 2 courses. Sieracki’s course “De Paris à Provence” will run 10 a.m.-noon for 12 Mondays. Easton-Jones’ course “Cafe au Lait” will run 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks.

Joining the French faculty this term are two native speakers, Paul Charbonneau, who grew up bilingually in Island Falls, R.I., and Paul Sigaud, a journalist from France.

Charbonneau will offer students of an advanced level of fluency secrets to “owning their French.” His class is called “Oyez bonnes gens,” “Hear ye, good people” and is organized as four Friday morning classes plus a Saturday class. Through conversation and writing assignments, students will have the chance to solidify vocabulary and acquire a treasure-trove of French idiomatic expressions.

For the past four years Charbonneau has facilitated biweekly French conversations at the Rockport Public Library. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Ottawa and he holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Maine. His background includes more than 25 years’ experience working with groups in various educational settings and contexts.

Paul Sigaud and his wife, Armelle, are European journalists whose beat is the United States. Paul corresponds for two daily and two weekly journals, one of which is Canadian. He and his wife have six children, who are home-schooled. Madame is the teacher, and monsieur is the cook. Therefore, Paul will offer “La classe de la cuisine francaise,” a cooking class taught entirely in French. The menu is designed to be family-friendly. The class runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept 24. Students should have some comprehension of French language, and come prepared with aprons and to eat.

For more information about the French courses, and courses in German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian this term at Penobscot School, call Missy or Patti at 594-1084, or visit http://www.languagelearning.org/.

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