Beginners French pilot program starts May 11 at Penobscot School

Apr 30, 2013
Penobscot School French teachers, Elisabeth Goodridge, left, and Margot Stiassni-Sieracki will teach Raconte-moi une Histoire!, a French course for beginners, on Saturday, May 11, at the school in Rockland.

Rockland — Penobscot School in Rockland announces an immersion day for beginners in French. Raconte moi une Histoire runs Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the school at 28 Gay St.

Participants will immerse into a French world for five hours, using active question and answer speech patterns and simple storytelling to build vocabulary and speaking ability. Songs, games and a French lunch will expand speaking activities. A tuition of $65 includes materials and meal. The course is also open to language teachers.

This is a pilot program for the school, now in its 26th year, with two of its veteran teachers, Margot Stiassni-Sieracki and Elisabeth Goodridge.

Goodridge earned her master's in French from University of Maine Orono, in 2008. She wrote her theses on 17th centruy French literary fairy tales by Mme D'Aulnoy. She has taught French to all ages in Maine and Montreal for 40-plus years, and countless times at Penobscot School's French immersion weekends. She enjoys acting, singing, sailing, artistic expression and French singer-songwriters of the 20th century.

Co-teacher, Margot Stiassni-Sieracki said in a news release, "I love teaching with music and hand-on activities. They enliven formal language learning and promote retention. I believe that those attending 'Raconte-moi' will depart with useful tools for future language learning and language teaching experiences."

Stiassni-Sierack has taught French and Spanish, K-12, in Vermont and Maine since 1989. Margot also presents methodology classes, most recently at the 2013 conference of the Foreign Language Association of Maine. At Penobscot School, she teaches the intermediate French class, Contes, Chansons, Poésie. She frequently visits France.

A registration deadline for the course is Monday, May 6. To register, or for more information about the class, call 594-1084 or visit

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