Today I am leaving Québec City for Montréal where I will attend and present at a conference before returning home to Cincinnati on the weekend. My focus (and my wardrobe!) will change for the next week.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the capital city for many reasons: speaking French everyday, meeting local people and learning more about regional accents and vocabulary, seeing the region through my students' eyes, getting to know a great group of young people and seeing their language skills improve, meeting and working with the staff at Edu-Inter, being in Canada when the Canadian dollar is worth more than the US dollar(!!), and of course, seeing Will and Kate on their Canadian tour!
I am grateful for this opportunity to create and lead the first RWC French Study Abroad Program in Québec. I owe huge thanks to my students Brittany Ellis, Lee Coleman, Melissa Schmerr and Madelyn Luptowski for taking this inaugural journey with me, to my Department Chair and friend, Debbie Page for her continued support from the very beginning stages of this program all the way to its fruition, to Dean Cady Short-Thompson for her financial and institutional support for both students and faculty in study abroad programs at RWC, and to my family, friends and colleagues who have been encouraging and enthusiastic about in this project and who have kindly followed along with our adventures onthis blog!
Merci beaucoup à tous et à toutes. A la prochaine!!