LHS French Teacher Travels Abroad

By Matt Hillebran Lynda Graham-Rowe, a French teacher here at LHS, traveled to France over the summer break. She was there for three weeks in July to visit her family. She had not seen this part of her family in ten years. While Graham-Rowe was there, she visited Paris, Chartres, Besançon, and Port-Blanc (in Bretague).

By Matt Hillebran

Lynda Graham-Rowe, a French teacher here at LHS, traveled to France over the summer break. She was there for three weeks in July to visit her family. She had not seen this part of her family in ten years. While Graham-Rowe was there, she visited Paris, Chartres, Besançon, and Port-Blanc (in Bretague). She grew up in Port-Blanc and said, “It makes me feel at home.”

She planned a longer trip this time so she could do more activities. While abroad, she enjoyed seeing her family, eating in a real crêperie (a restaurant that makes crêpes), exploring Paris, sailing on the English channel, dancing on the Seine River, going to Moulin Rouge (a restaurant in Paris), and listening to Leonard Cohen’s music. In fact the entire experience was great, however, there was an experience she did not enjoy: she ordered coffee and she forgot to ask for decaf and she hadn’t had regular coffee in a long time so she was shaking for 24 hours!

Travel is obviously an essential trait when it comes to teaching global languages and the World Language department is well-traveled. Last year Spanish instructor Paula Ossenkop took students to Spain and a year prior German teacher Marissa Wannamaker toured Germany with LHS students.

Visiting France helps Graham-Rowe teach her students about French culture. “I often felt more like I was talking about ‘them’ rather than ‘us’ – In other words I had become distanced from my native culture. Now it is so real to me again and I can convey that to the students and tell them stories about how things are NOW in France.” Along with the cultural influences, Graham-Rowe states that she knows the latest slang and technological jargon used in the French language.

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