After a week with their host families and attending school in France, we asked the French Immersion students to reflect on the following questions:
How is France similar or different to what you expected?
France is very different from what I had expected, I didn't anticipate how structured the school is or how many people smoke. But, the vast part of my expectations have been met. There is a lot of national pride and lots of cheese, bread, and wine culture. (Margo)
So far in France the one I thing expected that is true is that the food is amazing! Other than that everything is pretty different especially school. (Maddy)
Have you been surprised by anything you have seen or experienced?
I was surprised by how much they talk in class. There is a stereotype of the loud American but the French, from what I’ve seen, are much louder! (Lucy)
I have been surprised at how little the people here drink water and also how little homework the students receive. I was also very surprised at how small all of the streets and roads are, and how people drive so quickly on such a small street. (Maddy)
I have been surprised by the amount of old churches and cathedrals. It seems that there is an old building from the 1500s on every corner, and it is interesting how they have integrated new technology into the old buildings. (Nate)
What successes have you experienced so far?
I’ve been able to hold full conversations and successfully explain an American concept completely in French a couple times now and been able to express all that I wanted to say. (Lucy)
It's been fun to have people try to speak to me in English and then say I would rather speak in French. And when I can understand what my host family is saying to one another without them slowing down their French for me? The ultimate success. (Margo)
I am finally starting to fit in with the kids here and I am beginning to have better conversations with them where I can understand a lot more of what the people are saying to me. I like that I am starting to understand the people and what they are saying, and I am also starting to get to understand more of the customs. (Tommy)