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- Are at least 21 years old.
- They are students or recent graduates of institutions of higher education in their home country.
- Many are involved in the field of languages or are preparing to teach English as a Foreign Language.
- They often have some experience or have worked with youth.
- Interns are here to gain teaching skills through their assignments, to represent their language, culture and country, and to share their knowledge and ideas.
- They want to learn first-hand about American culture and improve their English.
- An intern’s first obligation is to complete their internship at the Host School.
- They are also volunteers who are role models, ambassadors of good will, active community participants, and integrated members of their Host Family or school environment.
- The interns are here on a J-1 Intern Visa. A J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange.
- The program is set up to benefit the students, teachers and school:
- Provides an additional French (native) speaking adult in the French classroom
- Allows for teachers to provide more small group instruction in the classroom
- Allows students to learn about the French culture in addition to the French language
- As well as benefit the interns:
- Provides a supervised training experience that will benefit them in their future careers in education
- Interns have the opportunity to learn skills associated with an immersion education model
- Free room and board to explore the U.S.! Opportunity to improve their English skills
What do interns do in the classroom?
- Ask your kids!
- Varies significantly by grade. Supervised by a licensed teacher.
- Provide instruction by following lesson plans
- Participate in or lead small group instruction
- Circulate in classrooms to support students and keep them on task
- Present on French culture and their country
- Assist with supervision of daily classroom routines
- Assist with correcting papers