Sophie Adamson Presents at International Convention for Teachers of French

Sophie Adamson, associate professor of French, attended the annual convention for the American Association of Teachers of French in Montreal July 7-9, 2011.

Adamson presented with Deb Reisinger from Duke University about community-based learning projects they recently incorporated into French courses at Elon and Duke. Adamson’s model emphasized intermediate language skill development within a distinctive cultural framework where “real life” connections were fostered through community outreach. Last spring, her Elon students were partnered with French-speaking children served by a local African refugee center. The community experience provided hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom that boosted students’ self-confidence in their language skills and fostered an enthusiastic commitment to learning.