Les­lie Nor­man cho­sen for exclusive France trip

Car­bon­ear stu­dent among three French im­mer­sion stu­dents picked in Canada

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

This has been a very suc­cess­ful year for Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Level II stu­dent Les­lie Nor­man.

In early April, Nor­man was named Se­nior Rose Bowl cham­pion at the lo­cal Kiwanis mu­sic fes­ti­val and won an es­say con­test a few weeks later.

An­other big ac­com­plish­ment has been added to the list.

Nor­man is one of three stu­dents from across the coun­try that will take part in a trip to France in July to the In­sti­tut Français for a pro­gram called “Généra­tion Bilingue” (gen­er­a­tion bilin­gual).

This is the sec­ond year for the pro­gram. Last year, three stu­dents from On­tario and Al­berta made the trip. This year, three from At­lantic Canada — New­found­land, Prince Ed­ward Is­land and Nova Sco­tia — will at­tend.

This is the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time, Nor­man told The Com­pass on June 24 at her home in Car­bon­ear.

Al­though she is a quiet young woman, she lit up with ex­cite­ment when she spoke about the trip. “It’s such a bless­ing,” she said. This will be the first time a stu­dent from New­found­land will at­tend, which Nor­man is quite pleased it was her who was cho­sen.

The de­ci­sion about who would at­tend was made by the provin­cial govern­ment. Guide­lines — al­though not set in stone — to de­cide who would par­tic­i­pate were out­lined in a let­ter from the Cana­dian French em­bassy in Ot­tawa.

“We sug­gest that the stu­dent you choose from your prov­ince be a child that will greatly ben­e­fit from the visit. This could be an op­por­tu­nity to re­ward an ex­cel­lent stu­dent. You could, for ex­am­ple, of­fer this op­por­tu­nity to one of the stu­dents who ob­tained the high­est mark in the most re­cent ses­sion of the DELF (French pro­fi­ciency test).”

Nor­man will ben­e­fit greatly from the pro­gram, since she has her am­bi­tions set on be­com­ing a French teacher.

Be­cause of her mod­esty, she said she was not sure why she was cho­sen, but she is grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.

And it will be at no ex­pense to her, or her fam­ily. Her meals, ac­com­mo­da­tions, cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and classes have been cov­ered. Her flight was spon­sored by the provin­cial govern­ment.

“I only have to take my lug­gage,” Nor­man smiled.

It’s not the trip that she is look­ing for­ward to the most, rather the ex­pe­ri­ences.

Not only will she get to take part in French classes, field trips to mu­se­ums (in­clud­ing the Lou­vre), and some sight­see­ing, she will get to ex­pe­ri­ence the fam­ily cul­ture first hand.

For sev­eral days on her trip, Nor­man will stay with a host fam­ily and take part in the ac­tiv­i­ties and tra­di­tions that come along with it.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about stay­ing with a fam­ily,” she elated.

This will be Nor­man’s first time over­seas. She has pre­vi­ously at­tended ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams in Que­bec, and vis­ited St. Pierre et Miquelon.

Her fa­ther, Pas­tor Dar­ren Nor­man, was also ex­cited for her to ex­pe­ri­ence a side of France many can­not.

“She’ll get to ex­pe­ri­ence a cul­ture we wouldn’t get to ex­pe­ri­ence (on a fam­ily trip),” he said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” she ex­plained.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Les­lie Nor­man will fly to France this sum­mer to par­tic­i­pate in an exclusive French im­mer­sion pro­gram.

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