|View from a lookout point on Skyline |
Drive in Shenandoah National Park
First, language studies: my French is improving! A few weeks ago I took another informal assessment and was given a tentative 2/2, which means that I'm well on my way to the 3/3 score that I am required to obtain for my post in Bamako. The assessors pointed out some critical areas I need to work on and stressed the importance of not letting myself ease off the studying. In addition, my class is now down to two students (one was a bit more advanced and was moved to a different class) and another instructor. This one is from France and is around the same age, I think, as me and the other student. We get along great! She's very positive and encouraging and has some really good techniques of making corrections and giving feedback.
First and a half, since it has to do with language: I'm pondering doing a two-week immersion, probably in Canada. Know any good programs? Let me know! I'm required to take intermediate-level, or professional, French for at least sixteen hours a week, and to stay with a French family, and to have a list of activities I will go out into the community and do. It will be completely out of pocket for me in terms of cost (yet another punch to the gut of local hires: I won't get per diem during those days, as will my counterparts who weren't DC locals when they joined the foreign service; thus, the Canada choice instead of the costlier flights elsewhere). In any case, I'm excited about the prospects and busy researching away.
|Ready for the folk festival!|
À la prochaine (until next time)...