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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.3 March 2009

Cover Story by Graysen Walles
Teachers are Brave
Somewhere in this country a drive-by was avoided, a robbery was reconsidered, or a suicide attempt was abandoned because a teacher was willing to show up and make a difference in the classroom, administrative office, after school activity, or at the home of a child.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Assessing for Student Learning

»The 21st Century Teaching-Learning Environment - (Think Outside the Classroom Box)Hal Portner
»Why Do You Teach?Sue Gruber
»Educating Homeless ChildrenLeah Davies
»Old School Progress ReportsTodd R. Nelson
»Habit vs. Awareness for the 3 Practices and for the Hierarchy of Social DevelopmentMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino
»Tool & ToysRick Morris

»Economic Relief for TeachersTeachers.Net
»Fifty Years of TeachingBill Page
»Strange SignsTim Newlin
»A Dozen Surefire Tips To Maximize Flexible Grouping and Small Group LearningSusan Fitzell
»Time to Reward YourselfAlan Haskvitz
»March 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VHank Kellner
»What’s Wrong With Teacher Education In This Country?Howard Seeman
»“Slumdog Millionaire” Teaches About Education, TooDorothy Rich
»Teachers’ Role in Improving Students’ Thinking Skills: Moving beyond the ‘sage on the stage’Ambreen Ahmed

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
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»Liz Phillips' Printable Discipline Rubric
»Photo tour: 4th Grade Classroom
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: March 2009
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»Live on Teachers.Net: March 2009
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Josette Bonafino

Global Travel Guru
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Tips for French Immersion and Arranging Safe Homestays

Our educational travel expert offers tips for French language immersion opportunities in new locations and how to arrange safe homestay placements
by Josette Bonafino
Regular contributor to the Gazette
March 1, 2009

New location for French immersion?

Dear Global Travel Guru,

I’ve been taking my French class to Europe for a few years, and I’m starting to get bored of the traditional sights and cities. Do you have suggestions for some out-of-the-way destinations where my students will still get a solid French language immersion experience?

Jeremy Heffner
Memphis, TN

Dear Jeremy,
I have two suggestions: Belgium and Switzerland. While the dialects of French are slightly different in these two neighbors, the Franco-culture runs deep. I recommend an itinerary that starts in French Belgium, passes through France, and ends in western Switzerland. This gives your students a worthwhile language immersion experience while getting you out of the well-worn France travel circuit.

Start in the city of Namur, an important settlement during Celtic times. Namur’s citadel, which dates back a few centuries, has played a big role defending the town’s population from German, French and Dutch armies. The fort is now decommissioned, and along with a distinct 18th-century cathedral, is one of the oldest attractions in the city. Bastgone, another French-Belgian city only an hour drive south of Namur, contains many Roman ruins as well as the intact 14th-century city gates. While in Bastgone, make sure to see the memorial to the 77,000 American causalities of the Battle of the Bulge during the Second World War.

Luckily for you, the region of France that falls in between Belgium and Switzerland is Champagne. During the 8th Century, Charlemagne encouraged the growth of grape vines, cementing this area as a crucial player in the global wine trade. For the past twelve hundred years, this region has elevated its sparking wine to an art. Don’t miss this chance to visit a working winery and taste some of the world’s most delicious…history.

Finally, end your program in Geneva, Switzerland. This medieval city of 185,000 is the largest in Romandy, the French-speaking area of Switzerland. In the 16th Century, the city was the center of Calvinism, garnering it the nickname “the Protestant Rome.” Today, it spends twenty percent of its budget on cultural institutions, so make sure to bring your class to a few of its free world-class museums.

Hopefully this helps you get away from the standard Paris-based French trip and into some new territory. You can thank the Global Travel Guru by sending back some “history” from Champagne!

Global Travel Guru

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About Josette Bonafino...

The Global Travel Guru, courtesy of Josette Bonafino, also appears in Language Magazine.

Josette is the founder and Director of Culture Quest Tours, an educational tour company that specializes in custom-tailored travel programs. Since 1993, Culture Quest has worked with hundreds of American high school and college groups traveling to Europe, Latin American and beyond.

Josette is also the founder and Executive Director of MYX: Multicultural Youth eXchange, a nonprofit organization that works to increase tolerance among young people worldwide by using art-based projects to explore diverse cultures and social issues relevant to all youth.

A native Philadelphian and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Josette is an avid traveler and frequently spends time in Iceland and Montserrat where she and her husband own homes.

The Global Travel Guru welcomes all travel questions at

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