A L'école | At School

About the France in a Suitcase Project

The À l’école program, or France in a Suitcase, is one of the main activities of France Education Northwest. FEN interns share their French culture and language with students of all ages, from elementary school to high school. This is accomplished in one-hour presentations at the schools. These presentations are customizable, and the specific content depends on the age levels and themes or interests of the students. Interaction between the French interns and the local students gives both groups the opportunity to learn about the other group’s culture.

The student attendees learn about the country of France and its history, music, cinema, fashion, electoral system, depending on the theme of the visit.

Teachers’ Testimonials

"Thank you again for coming to ... share your insights on France ... It was very useful information and a great addition to our course. I know that our students all enjoyed meeting you and hearing your thoughts regarding business and politics contemporary France as well as life in Seattle." - Phillip R. Shekleton, UW Lecturer

”They (the children) came back speaking French!”- 4th grade French teacher at the Broadview Thomson Elementary School

“A wonderful presentation! The discussion of politics – past and future elections – was especially timely. A wonderful experience for my students!” - Teacher at Port Townsend High School

“It was so fun for the students to hear about Paris and to dream about their future travels! As an international school, we are always looking for ways to enrich our students’ understanding of the world.” -Middle school teacher at Mercer International Middle School, Spring 2016

Former Presentations

Lake Washington High School: November 1, 2019

Bellevue High School: May 30, 2019

University of Washington - West European Program: May 23, 2019

Garfield High School: October 31, 2018

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart: January 23, 2018

Nova High School: December 13, 2017

Bellevue International School: May 22 and 23, 2017

Bellingham High School: April 18, 2017

Seattle Pacific University French Club: March 7, 2017

Eastlake High School French Honor Society Induction Ceremony: October 24, 2016

Asa Mercer International Middle School: May 23 and 24, 2016

Charles Wright Academy: May 16, 2016

Recent Presentations

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