Parker Pedersen ’09 in Le Puy-en-Velay
For the past seven months, Parker Pedersen ’09 has been living and working in in Le Puy-en-Velay, a French town in the Southeastern part of Le Massif Central. Under the guidance of Professor of French and Francophone studies, Catherine Gallouet, Pedersen undertook an assistantship with the French Embassy program, which invites 1,000 foreigners each year to teach their native language to French children.
After having studied abroad in Avignon while at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pedersen committed himself to the 9-month Assistantship Program, and has been working at three different primary schools teaching English to students between the ages of six and eleven.
While in Le Puy, Pederson has dramatically increased his French language abilities, made close professional and personal friends, and built his confidence and time management skills through his responsibility of preparing and executing each class session. The experience has fulfilled his passion for the French language and culture and his interest in teaching, as well as his desire to explore the world after his college graduation.
Kathleen McGuire '05 taught in 2005/2006 in an elementary school in Martinique (Caraïbes) through the French Embassy Teaching Assistant program in which HWS participates every year.
Kathleen McGuire '05 (left) with friends
Kathleen McGuire '05 with her students
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