Easton-Jones offers French course

Mar 29, 2013
Winnie Easton-Jones will offer Keys to French, starting Wednesday, April 3, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., running for six weeks at Penobscot School in Rockland. A course for all beginning levels, Register by calling 594-1084, or online at penobscot.us.

Rockland — A six-week French course, offered by veteran French teacher, Winnie Easton-Jones, starts Wednesday, April 3 at Penobscot School in Rockland.

Keys to French is a course for all beginning levels, slated for 4:30 to 6 p.m., which focuses on the structure and phonics of the French language. Register by calling 594-1084, or online at penobscot.us.

Easton-Jones studied French at Hunter College, and later at Alliance Française in Paris. She then honed her French serving as a Department of the Army Civilian Lieutenant, responsible for liaison and translation work at the NATO base in Nancy, France. She also lived for three years in Paris and environs, while raising her two children.

She later worked in curriculum development for the University of Pittsburgh French Department, including a contract to organize French Phonics curriculum workshops for Pittsburgh elementary school teachers. Future projects in curriculum development and teaching brought her to the Latin School of Chicago, and to public schools in Price Georges County, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Fla.

Easton-Jones relocated to Maine in 1975. Her total French teaching years add up to more than three decades, including 12 years at Camden-Rockport Adult and Community Education and four years with Penobscot School.

Keys to French is a beginner's course, but is also appropriate to students of French who feel they lack pronunciation skill. Easton-Jones said in a news release, "My students are joyful when they discover the missing link for visual learners that is the phonics."

She believes that with a solid grounding in phonics, one can develop confident spoken French, and speak and be understood in situations abroad.

Also upcoming at Penobscot School for beginners in French is a five-hour immersion on Saturday, May 11. Raconte-moi une Histoire will use games, songs, story-telling and lunch, to create a 100 percent French language-learning environment.

For more information about classes, costs and events at the school, please visit penobscot.us, or stop by at 28 Gay St. Penobscot School was founded in 1986 in Rockland as a nonprofit school and center for international exchange.

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