French Students Benefit From Language Program

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By Lesroy W. Williams Observer Reporter
” (Basseterre, St. Kitts) – Our French neighbors from Guadeloupe and Martinique are sometimes overlooked by their English counterparts, simply because they are heirs to a different culture and a foreign language. But, there is much we have in common and much we can learn from each other. Thirty-five college students from Guadeloupe, hosted by L”Alliance Francaise, were in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis from Oct. 6 to 31 because of their interest to integrate and interact with their English neighbors in a program designed to help them learn English and experience a new culture. While in the Federation, the college students domiciled at the East Basseterre Community Center and were engaged in job training experiences at several business enterprises in their efforts to experience St. Kitts and Nevis culturally and to become more proficient in the English language. Places where they worked included the Washington Archibald High School and the Basseterre High School, Island Hopper, American Bakery, Carib Surf, Island Hopper, Boon Environmental Cleaning Services, the Immigration Department at the airport, Frigate Bay Resort, Caribelle Batik, the JNF Hospital, Ray of Hope Pre-School, Faith Tabernacle Nursery, Kings Pavilion and Public Works.” Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Danielle Taylor, and General Manager of Brimestone Hill Fortress, Larry Armony held sessions with the students on the history and culture of St.Kitts and Nevis.” Mr. Ellis Edwards, teacher at Basseterre High School, was the coordinator of the group and Mr. Charles Roland was their companion guide. College students from Guadeloupe have been coming to the Federation for the past four years with the aspirations of enlarging their knowledge of the English language and the culture of the English-Speaking Caribbean. Germaine Naime, French Teacher and Director of Institut Rural d”Education & d” Orientation (Rural Institute of Education and Orientation), said that they enjoyed the warm hospitality of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. “We had a very good experience. Our English improved a lot,” Ms. Naime said. The students visited the different night spots in the country and enjoyed themselves. “They were very happy,” Ms. Naime said. 17 adults from Guadeloupe involved in an A” Level program will be visiting the Federation from Nov. 16 to 29. They will be staying at the Frigate Bay Resort, Ms. Naime said. “The French students, having gained tremendously from their experience in St. Kitts and Nevis, returned to Guadeloupe better equipped to speak English and to tell the tale of their wonderful experience.

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