Saturday, May 14, 2011

windows wide open

at work this morning, emily and I went into our little “bureau au coin” and checked our e-mails. we are getting excited because we have about seven students who write interested in meeting with us in the afternoons for english lessons. with this influx of students, emily and I decided that we needed to get a little more organized. thus, we did a weekly planning session, figuring out what we are going to discuss with each one of the students according to their specific needs (does this sound like a familiar practice to anyone?). pulchérie, for example, needs to increase her listening comprehension so we will give her more things to listen to as homework, while we will give articles to hubert who needs to increase his reading comprehension. Emily and I also discussed and planned out a “soirée cinema à la américaine” (american movie night) for the students with whom we do the english lessons. any ideas on what movie we should watch? we are asking our students what kind of food they like from america so we can prepare a strictly american fare selection. I definitely want to introduce them to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. whenever I tell a French person about pb&js' they all have the same disgusted reaction, “you eat zose two sings toogezer??” but, every time they have tried them (so far, anyway), they LOVE them. one of the girls we do english lessons with, angèle, lived in the US for a few months and her eyes lighted up when we said that we were thinking of bringing them. she also suggested that we do a sundae bar. nice thinking, angèle. she knows how much americans love sugar. we asked the dean, m. van peteghem, if it was possible for us to have the soirée and he was on board. yes!

in the afternoon today we had three english lesson appointments. the first was that charming girl, angèle, who speaks excellent english and just makes me feel as though all french people are, like her name sounds, angels. she told us about all her funny experiences in texas (she did an internship at a university there) and the differences she noticed between france and america. it seems as though lately a major discussion point that we have had with the students has been concerning the differences between the university systems here in france and those in america.
after work, I took the métro to the church (I had a meeting with the young women concerning the ward newspaper we are going to create), and this time I did not forget a book to read. trying not to make eye contact in the métro is hard when you have nothing but the floor to stare at. Thus, t. more came along with me this time.

(by the way, emily taught me how to open the windows in my 
room all the way! I was thrilled. opens the scope of imagination.)

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