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Students from France visit high school as part of first exchange

October 20, 2014

French and South Glens Falls students at the Capitol.From Oct. 12-19, 15 students and two teachers from Arras, France, visited South Glens Falls, stayed with local host families and learned about life in upstate New York.

The students and educators visited as part of an exchange that will allow for 10 South Glens Falls High School students to travel to Arras, a 45-minute train trip north of Paris by high-speed train, later this spring.

“I see this visit as a fabulous opportunity for the students and teachers from France, and our students as well,” said Tera Nadi, a French teacher at South Glens Falls High School, who has visited Arras. “Any opportunity that allows students to learn about a new culture and meet new people is wonderful.”

When class is in session at the high school, the students and their teachers attended school and observed what a typical day is like for a high school student here. They also gave presentations to SGF students on a variety of topics, including French music, culture and cuisine.

In addition to their time at the high school, the French students and teachers had the opportunity to visit an apple orchard, have a potluck dinner with other families, go on a haunted hayride, visit Albany and the State Museum and take a boat ride on Lake George.

“This was lots of fun,” said Marion Benoit, one of the French students. “I think I can say this was the best trip I was ever on.”

The French teachers, Daphnee Thelliez and Karine Chapron said they felt everyone had a fantastic time, and described the States as big and fast. They marveled at the technology South Glens Falls has for its students and the different rhythm and pace of life.

Both French and American students said they felt they had more confidence in their second language skills following the trip and the opportunity to converse with students in their non-native languages all week.

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