Visiting French students learn about American culture


Blake Dorame

Lilou Arnault, Chloé Flipo, and Romane Blanck, from Lycée Monge, enjoy American cuisine. During French Week, students were given the opportunity to learn about French food and customs.

Paul Wernes, staff writer

Students from France arrived on campus at the beginning of November, just in time for French week. They spent a week in the United States to learn about American schools and culture, and share information about the French culture.
“It is a great partnership between our sister school. Students practice speaking the target language, learn about each other’s cultures and traditions. It allows our students to become better global citizens,” said Noemie Neipert, a French teacher.
Learning a foreign language requires time, a lot of practice, and motivation. It is not easy, but can be rewarding; it opens up so many opportunities.
According to the American Association of Teacher of French website, the AATF is organizing the twenty-first annual National French Week. It is a week-long celebration of all things French, and took place in schools and communities and AATF chapters across the U.S. from November 4-10.
Students from the Cactus Shadows sister school, Lycée Monge, are staying at the homes of students during their visit. Lycée Monge is located in Chambery, France, not far from the Swiss border.
“It is a good experience, I have learned a lot about French culture, and I am having a good time,” said Shawn Kelm, who is hosting a French student.
During French Week, Cactus Shadows attempted to replicate the French culture. The teachers were given themes to try to incorporate into the week.
When the students from France were with their host family, they were supposed to play French sports and games. They also watched films that teach about the French culture, and learned about the arts. According to the AATF website, French art includes “art, music, dance, poetry, literature, visual arts, film, theater, mime, and others.”
Both the American and French students learned about the similarities and differences between their countries.
“America is nice, it is very beautiful and different from France,” said Luca Quilichini, one of the French students who visited.
With the mix of French and English students under the same roof, there was cultural diversity and much opportunity to learn.