Trip plans underway for Hapnot French students

Another French education trip is in the works for Flin Flon students.

During the Oct. 23 Flin Flon School Division (FFSD) board meeting, Hapnot Collegiate teacher and trip organizer Natalie Milligan provided details on the trip to board trustees.

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The next French Immersion travel club trip is slated for 2020 and will take students, teachers and chaperones to Montreal, Québec City and Ottawa for six days during spring break.

During the trip, travellers will see sights like the National Art Gallery, the Plains of Abraham and the Canadian Museum of History, with a heavy emphasis on French learning and language.

“I think it’s one of the best ways for students to both learn actively and apply what they have learned in a new context,” Milligan told the board.

“It’s a chance for them to see what they’ve been studying in class in person and a chance for them to learn things that we could never effectively teach them in class.”

The French Immersion group is one of two travel based clubs at Hapnot Collegiate, the other being the Hapnot Travel Club. Each club participates in a trip every other year. Earlier this year, the French Immersion club took students to France, where they experienced Paris and other areas such as St. Malo, Mont St. Michel, Juno Beach and the D-Day Memorial.

While one goal of the trip is to encourage literacy and fluency in French, Milligan said another main aim is to spark a love for travel and the world at large for young students.

“We’re very interested in encouraging world travel in our students and these trips are meant to give them a taste of what they can do on their own there, and give them that first step of travelling in a mostly controlled situation with teachers and company and build confidence to go further on their own later,” she said.

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