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First Year Experience trip to France, December 2016.

Right to left: Dr. Dianne Guenin-Lelle, Bouchra Ben-Hami, Gavin Hedin '15, Laura Steavenson '15, and a French guy photo bombing the picture.
Mark Cardy, '16 at The Grand Place or Grote Markt, the central square of Brussels.
French major Nick Diamond studying in Senegal, interning in public health and having fun!
Sister City delegation represents Noisy-Le-Roi, France at President's inauguration.
Elizabeth White recently completed a semester in Brussels, Belgium where she interned at the European Union.
Kelly Kobus, '07, a French major who now owns a chic French-inspired bakery.
Making the Tire d'Érable as part of the Québec class.
Mega-Cultural Event on the Caribbean, with Professor Yewah and Abby Schonfeld, '11.
Enjoying a French Renaissance Night at Albion College.
Traveling to our African home, Batchingou, Cameroon.
Just doing Versailles as part of the First-Year Seminar trip to France.
Chatting with French visitors from our Sister Cities, Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly.
Interning with a Parisian designer learning the ropes of haute couture.
Bonjour, Grenoble! The Alps locale is among the French off-campus programs available.
Sara Sample, '15, is pursuing Sustainability Studies and French at UVSQ, outside Paris.

Meet Naomi Bonté!

Naomi BontéHey my name is Naomi Bonté, I come from the suburbs of Paris, and I am going to be the French Native Speaker Teaching Assistant this year. After high school I lived on my own next to my university, the UVSQ (Université de Versailles) where I studied international relations. During my senior year I came to Albion for a semester as an international exchange student. I’m glad to be a TA this year because I have always wanted to share knowledge and information of my culture and my country! I have been teaching children as young as 8 years old since I was 18. I can't wait to spend this year in Albion as a TA!

Meet and join Naomi during the French weekly Cultural Activities and Language Tables hosted at Fiske (I-Space) House. To learn more about Naomi or to get more information about the Native Speaker Teaching Assistant Program, click here.

Cameroon Trip 2016

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CameroonStudents in Dr. Yewah’s First Year Experience Seminar, Africa: Myth and Reality, travelled to Batchingou, Cameroon May 7 – May 21, 2016. Batchingou is the village in which Dr. Yewah grew up. Because of his relationship to the village, the students he brings to visit are immediately welcomed into the community and are allowed to meet the villagers as they live day to day. Along with dinners hosted by Chief Andre Flaubert Nana, students spent time with local school children and shared a bit of their American culture with them. Activities included exploring the Museum of Civilization and shopping at the Handicraft Center in Dschang, touring the interior of Cameroon, driving to the coast, and a visit to a chocolate factory.

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20th Anniversary of the Sister-City Relationship with Noisy-le-Roi/ Bailly, France

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To learn more about the Sister-City Delegation and the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Sister-City relationship, click the links below:

Join us for our inaugural French Cinema Festival at Albion's Historic Bohm Theater

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To encourage our educational and cultural relationship with our Sister Cities in France (Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly), we will be screening French Cinema and French-related films for the month of November.

For the past 15 years there have been over 600 persons traveling back and forth across the Atlantic from Albion to our Sister Cities, from children as young as 9 years old to senior citizens. Youth from Albion have traveled to France for school and other cultural experiences, and French children have come to Albion for school programs, piano competitions, basketball games, and summer camps. Exchanges of college-age young adults have also occurred for college/university experiences and programs and summer internships. While Albion families have acted as hosts for our visitors, we have come to know and care for each other as family, and we look forward to many more years of partnership.

November Fridays & Saturdays

Friday Films at 10:00 AM for $3

Saturday Films at 11:00 AM for $1

November 4th – Mon Oncle

November 5th – A Monster in Paris

November 11th – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

November 12th – Ernest & Celestine

November 18th – Amelie

November 19th – The Red Balloon AND A Cat in Paris

November 25th – The Artist

November 26th – Hugo 

To learn more about the French Film Festival at the Bohm Theater, click here.

International Students Show Their Support After the Paris Attacks on Friday, November 13th.

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Big Read Kickoff

French students in cooperation with the French Sister City Committee participated in the Big Read Kickoff. There was the Eiffel Tower in the parade, then lessons on making French magic wands, or "Baguettes magiques." In spite of the rain, wind and cold, the day was very amusant!!

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Kids at Hope

Students in advanced French courses step outside of the classroom to teach kids in the community French. 

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First-Year Experiences with French

All entering students enroll in a First-Year Seminar as part of the College's core requirement for graduation. Small classes like these—with an emphasis on discussion, an opportunity for individualized student research projects, and the development of strong communication skills—serve as the foundation for your undergraduate experience.

The Nwagni Project
Albion College students launched The Nwagni Project, which builds schools in Cameroon.

2012 Cameroon Trip Challenges First-Year Students' Thoughts About Africa

To France and Back First-Year Experience Student Blogs

Read more about First-Year Experience seminars that have been offered by professors of French in the Modern Languages and Cultures Department.

The Nwagni Project

Visit the Project blog to learn how Albion College students launched the effort in Cameroon and pdfread a recent newsletter.

Albion’s Sister Cities 

Students from Noisy le Roi and Bailly Visit Campus

Students from Albion’s Sister Cities, Noisy le Roi and Bailly, France arrived in town for the 8th Annual Albion College Piano Festival, October 30 – November 1, 2015. The festival is a competition PianoFestival2014hosted by the Music Department. Early beginners up to advanced players and piano duos can win cash prizes. But for the participants, the Festival is equally about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists.

In between practicing and lessons, our young French guests spent a day visiting Dr. Dianne Guenin-Lelle’s and Dr. Emmanuel Yewah’s French classes. They shared what life is like for them in France, they ate in Lower Baldwin, played Bocce on the Campus Quad, and attended a Goûters at Fiske House, home of the international living and learning program.