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Global French Studies at Hope College
On October 9, a study abroad of returning
Brandon Verna (’15), who hails from south-west Michigan, with French and International Studies dual majors, talked about the IES program in Nantes
Alexa Duimstra (’14), from Wisconsin, with Theater, French, and Art majors, spoke on the IES program in Paris
Benedict Fils-Aimé (’15), from Connecticut, with majors in French Secondary Education and Japanese and a minor in English Secondary Education, presented on the CIEE program inRennes (Brittany)
Taylor Mann (’14), from Kalamazoo, MI, with French and Biology majors, spoke on the SIT program in Toulouse (southwestern France).
WELCOME TO THE NEW WEEKLY PAUSE-CAFE!
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Hannah Jacobsma.
As a sophomore here at Hope, and an English major and French minor, I started going to the Pause Café (the French weekly conversation group) a few weeks ago, and it is phenomenal! Basically, every Tuesday at 4:00, students from all levels of French get together at Lemonjello’s and practice speaking. Professor Brandon Guernsey who runs the program is wonderful as he initiates various topics and questions to talk about, and helps students come up with responses, as well as teach new phrases and words. It is really neat because you can pretend that you are sitting in a café in France! I love being able to practice speaking French with others. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve speaking skills, meet other French students, relax, and drink some coffee!
“Learning—and Loving—a Foreign Language for Life: English is the International Language—Why Bother Learning Another One?”
Laurence Summers, former US Secretary of the Treasury and former President of Harvard, summed up many Americans’ feelings when he said that increasing globalization means that we do not need to learn another language because everyone else knows our language. Therefore, learning another language is simply “a waste of time.” Mr. Gibbs, however, feels differently and shared his passion for learning about other languages and cultures with a full auditorium of language students and professors. Having traveled to 50 different countries, and having lived and worked in Germany for nearly 30 years, Brian Gibbs, whose wife is Austrian, is living proof of the life-changing effects of learning a foreign language.
A CRÊPE PARTY!
La Maison Française is a cottage on Hope's campus where several students of French can live together to practice their French in everyday settings with each other.
Recently, the house was bustling with activity as they opened their doors to all of Hope's students of French for the first event of the year: a crêpe party!
The dining table loaded with a smorgasbord of fillings to choose from, students wondered whether to smother Nutella or sprinkle cinnamon sugar onto their crêpe. In the kitchen, Lucile, an exchange student and teaching assistant from Nantes, France, taught some students huddled around the stove her crêpe-making technique saying "Faire un vœu" ("Make a wish") before they flipped them in the pan for the finish. French conversation filled the air, as students of all years practiced their French with each other and with Hope professors. Chatting students nibbling on their crêpes filled the dining room, living room, and kitchen, overflowing onto the front and back porches. With a great turnout and plenty of delicious crêpes, this year's Soirée Crêpes was a success!
- Whitney Yoder, Dec '13, French and Japanese double major
CLASS TRIP TO THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
On Saturday, September 14th, the French and Art & Art History Departments took a bus of students to visit a special exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago called "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity."
The exhibit was made up of several connected galleries filled with a mélange of creative items: about ninety paintings; several period dresses as well as accessory garments like corsets, gloves, shoes, fans, parasols, men's hats and canes; and other items such as bottles of perfume and fashion magazines from 19th century France.
These items tell the story of how trends in fashion and art were expressed over time: the earliest paintings show women in their "morning dress" (white or black filmy dresses worn in their home only among close companions or relative); then artists began to paint women outside in gardens, in parks, or near rivers to bathe; finally, it became popular to depict people in urban settings—walking with their husbands or looking at accessories in new shops that sold ribbons, hats, and other delights.
Most of the painted works in this exhibit were figure paintings of an impressionist or modernist style including works by Gustave Caillebotte, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, Georges Seurat, Mary Cassatt, and Berthe Marisot.
- Katherine Sauer, class of 2015, English and Women's Studies major, French minor
ATHINA ALVAREZ - 2013 GRAD!
Short update: our new life in Paris is wonderful and much more than we could have ever wished for. After finding a new place to live, I decided to apply to graduate programs in art and art history. I was accepted to L'Atelier de Sevres and La Sorbonne Paris IV, but opted to follow my passion for research and am currently enrolled at the Sorbonne. Admission was no easy process, but I would do it all over again if I had to! Tomorrow, I am starting the first day of my 6-month internship as an assistant agent for illustrators and photographers at Karine Garnier Agency, in the 10th arrondissement. On Tuesday, I am starting classes at the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art and the Institut Michelet d'Histoire de l'Art.
The picture is of Athina and her mother Dr. Isabelle Alvarez at the 2013 Celebration of Student Research where Athina presented three research projects in French, Art, and Mellon Scholar Studies.
FRENCH IS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE, SPOKEN ON FOUR CONTINENTS / REGIONS OF THE WORLD (EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST).
By studying French, you are preparing yourself for a global professional experience allowing you to work for international organizations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, the State department, businesses with a global outreach, the mission field, and much more!
FRENCH RANKED SECOND MOST IMPORTANT LANGUAGE FOR BUSINESS ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG RANKINS:
In “The 13 Most Useful College Majors (as Determined by Science)” Newsweek 25 April 2012, “French, German, Latin, and other Common Foreign Languages” rank in the top ten “Most Useful College Majors” for finding employment and earning higher wages: http://newsweek.tumblr.com/post/21649811964/the-13-most-useless-college-majors-as-determined-by
TOP GLOBAL REASONS TO STUDY AND SPEAK FRENCH