Je term-Education department heads to France

Less than 48 hours after ringing in 2010, several Albion College education students and faculty members will be flying to Nosy-le-Roi, France to participate in a two week January term (J-term) class. The class, an International Practicum in Education (EDUC 389), is a half unit course that will run from Jan. 2 through Jan. 16, 2010.

“This (J-term trip) was something we discussed during our meetings in France and it is another nice partnership with Noisy-le-Roi,” said Donna Randall, Albion College president.

According to Suellyn Henke, chair of the education department and the J-term course instructor, this is a pilot phase for the course and currently three students are signed up for it. If the pilot phase goes well, then the course may become a permanent option within the education department.

During the two week term, students will select an inquiry topic to research and develop an American Literature lesson plan and a presentation on material culture in French schools. Students will live with a host family while in Noisy-le-Roi and will ultimately present their research findings and experience to public school students back in the U.S., as well as at the Shurmur Education Institute and the education department’s capstone symposium.

The course fee is $1,100, according to the course syllabus, but the fee covers the airline tickets as well as the course costs.

According to Diane Guenin-Lelle, professor of French, the J-term program is another program that will help Albion College strengthen their connection with Noisy-le-Roi.

“Over the years there have been hundreds of different exchanges between the city of Albion and Noisy-le-Roi,” Guenin-Lelle said. “The city of Albion was the primary motor during the first decade of the sister city relationship, so it is good that the college has been working so hard to improve and maintain it.”

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