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Vent Frais is the voice of the French Language Villages and programs. Allons dans le grand vent!

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Where Are They Now?

Published: January 17, 2016

We got in touch with some French alumni and asked them what they were up to. All these years later, how has their time in the Villages impacted their lives? Sarah Slinker I now live and work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa (specifically in Togo) teaching English and working to promote girls' education at a secondary school (college) in a rural village in the northern-most region of the small, coastal country. Thanks to my experience working with several West Africans...

Climate Change Awareness in the classroom and the Language Villages

Published: November 22, 2015

In early December, Nicole Anderson (Lac du Bois Staff member of 30+ years) will travel to Paris to attend the United Nations international climate change negotiations. She reflects on this commitment and offers resources for teachers interested in weaving the issue of climate change into their classroom.

French and Francophone Fall Holiday: Jour de Souvenir

Published: November 4, 2015

November 11 is Jour de Souvenir, or Remembrance Day, which has traditionally honored the French dead from World War I. It marks the day the armistice ending the war was signed. Since 2012, it’s honored fallen French combatants from all wars, as Memorial Day does in the U.S.

Why learn French? Let our credit villagers tell you!

Published: November 4, 2015

Last summer at Lac du Bois, Frédo, one of the teachers in our four-week credit program, asked his students why they wanted to learn French. We thought their answers were so interesting and insightful — and their French so impressive — that they ended up making this video as a final class project.

Les baguettes at Lac du Bois-Bemidji

Published: November 4, 2015

Authentic food from French and francophone culture is such an important part of the Lac du Bois experience. Last summer, we followed the process of making our homemade baguettes from start to finish in the Lac du Bois-Bemidji kitchen.

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