West Valley College Study Abroad Program has organized a nine-day educational study tour to France during January 2018. The itinerary includes Paris, Normandy, St. Malo, and the Loire Valley. Highlights in the itinerary include: major sights, museums, and Versailles in Paris; the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and Mont Saint Michell Abbey in Normandy and St. Malo; troglodyte cave dwelling and the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley.
Students may earn up to 6 units. Students may register for two out of these three courses:
- French Conversation 50A, 50B, 51A or 51B taught by Dr. Anna Brichko
- English 49 or 49 Honors Modern Fiction taught by Leigh Burrill
- Women and Gender Studies 2 Women in the Arts: Multicultural Perspectives taught by Dr. Dulce María Gray.
Descriptions of the classes are below. The classes meet at WVC on January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 25, and in France from 11 to 17 January. Departure from San Francisco to Paris is on January 10, and the return is on January 18.
There are a limited number of scholarships available for WVC students. The application is here. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday 11 May 2017. (Registration fees for the courses are not included in the scholarship, but students may use their financial aid.)
Students without a scholarship may join the trip and pay the $3,200+ expenses.
All students must sign up at the EF College Study Tours webpage for this trip.
Dr. Dulce María Gray will be teaching WGQS 002 Women and Gender Studies: Women in the Arts, Multicultural Perspectives. This course introduces students to the study of women’s creative work in literature, the visual arts, and the performing arts, especially in France. This course fulfills the Cultural Diversity requirement for the AA degree. Pass/No Pass option. Transfer UC/CSU. This class meets from 5:00 PM to 8:50 PM on the WVC campus on January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 25, and in France from January 11 to January 17. Travel dates are January 10 and 18.
Dr. Brichko will be teaching Basic and Intermediate French Conversation and Culture 50A/B and 51A/B. Designed for those desiring a basic practical conversational approach to learning a language, this course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary-building with a minimum of grammar. A variety of classroom activities will permit the student to use the language while studying it. Cultural topics will center on everyday life in France today (food, customs and traditions, the family, etc.). A variety of audiovisual aids will be used in the presentation of this course. This course may also appeal to the growing number of people conducting business with foreign companies. Pass/No Pass option. Transfer CSU. This class meets from 9:00 AM to 12:50 PM on the WVC campus on January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 25, and in France from January 11 to January 17. Travel dates are January 10 and 18.
Ms. Burrill will be teaching English 49/49 Honors Modern Fiction. This course focus on reading and analyzing fiction from the Modern Period (1895-1945). It also covers Pre-modern literary movements and Postmodern texts. It fulfills general education requirement for literature. The Honors version uses pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative and experiential instruction. This class meets from 1:00 PM to 4:50 PM on the WVC campus on January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 25, and in France from January 11 to January 17. Travel dates are January 10 and 18.