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French West Indies Language & Culture 


This French language course is designed for students with varying levels of French proficiency. Improve your level of comprehension and speaking and gain an appreciation of the culture of the French West Indies, particularly Guadeloupe. In addition to formal language instruction, experience different aspects of the French West Indies through history lessons, various cultural workshops, an oral history project, two weekend stays with local families in the tows of Sainte-Anne and Le Moule, and participating in community service work with local youth.

“In terms of adventure and education, you can’t get much better than this! ” — Jean Young, Chatham, MA


  • Gain an increased understanding of French grammar and vocabulary
  • Have a better grasp of conversational French language
  • Complete an Oral History project, detailing the life history of a member of the student's home stay family
  • The Oral History project will be presented to student peers while on program and will be submitted in writing


  • French West Indian culture including traditional dance, music and cooking
  • Basic Caribbean history; specifically, how Guadeloupe’s unique culture and race relations developed out of this history
  • History of French Creole
  • Basic Caribbean island ecology

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Community Service & Academics
  • 10 Hours
  • 3 Credits
College Credit
  • 3 French language Credits
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