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French class visited the Museum of Art and History
French class visited the Museum of Art and History
Posted on 04/10/2018
French class visited the Museum of Art and History

St. Pius students embarked on an artistic and culinary adventure while speaking French outside the classroom

On Tuesday, April 10, St. Pius students explored contemporary African design while on a field trip with their French class and teacher Madame Godret. At the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, they saw the special exhibit “Making Africa: A continent of contemporary design” which showcases the work of some 120 artists and designers. The goal of this exhibit is to provide a counterpoint to stereotypes about Africa and open up a dialogue about what Africa is, what design is, and what African design is. The exhibit featured many French speaking African artists, which prompted the organization of the field trip, and provided an opportunity for our students to explore African cultures through the arts. The exhibit illustrates how design accompanies and fuels economic and political changes on the continent. The works presented explore the cities where these artists reside through an examination of the technology, materials and systems that shape their environments. Students got to appreciate the points of view of African designers who are inspired by their urban surroundings and seek creative solutions to the problems of living in cities. The field trip was followed by a French writing assignment on two specific art pieces that the students enjoyed.


French class visited the Museum of Art and History

The artistic adventure was followed by a culinary feast as students headed to the local French restaurant La Crêpe Michel in old town. There, our students ate some of the traditional french foods discussed in French class earlier in the year, placed their orders in French with the restaurant owner Claudie and communicated about food and other topics during their lunch. Some Sartans were brave to order escargots like junior Jeremy Gonzales and many enjoyed their lunches consisting of savory crêpes with ratatouille, soupe à l’oignon, ficelles picardes, crêpes au saumon et aux asperges, as well as the famous Croque Madame. Not surprisingly, these teenagers had plenty of room to finish their meal with a multiple of delicious French desserts---tartes aux pommes fines, crèmes brûlées, mousses au chocolat and crêpes au chocolat! Everyone agreed on one thing: this local field trip was a Pius French feast!


Wondering why your students should take French at SPX next year?

The reasons are plenty! In addition to learning to speak a beautiful, romantic language, French is your S.A.T connection (since about 30% of all English words are derived from French). French also opens doors to the world and amazing jobs, including with the U.S government. Why? Because the world speaks French! French, along with English, is a truly global language—over 200 million people in 35+ countries on every continent speak French. French is the language spoken by the US largest trading partner, Canada. In the US alone, over 2 million French natives use French daily from New York City to Miami to Los Angeles, and some 2,400 French companies in the US employ about 650,000 Americans. Knowing some French will definitely be an asset when it is time to look for a job. So sign up for French next year, you will LOVE it! We offer French I to French IV classes, including honors classes, all taught by a native French speaker.
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