Madame Susan Taylor

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Madame Susan Taylor

Mme. Susan Taylor
staylor@somervilleschools.org 
 
Student website is on the Google Classroom site  https://classroom.google.com/h
 
 Dear Parents and Students:
 
Welcome to the wonderful world of French.   I was born in New Jersey and I speak French fluently.  I attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, the Université de Rouen, worked for French companies and hold the DALF, which is the highest  diploma from the French Ministry of Education. Most importantly, I am all in at the Ville.  
 
Somerville High School is the home of the Pioneers and it is fitting that the word "pioneers" originated in France.  All told, 45% of all English words have French roots. France is the home of many pioneers in art, science, literature, music etc.  Reading and studying the work of these great thinkers will be nothing less than enlightening.
 
While students are laughing out loud while reading 18th century authors like Voltaire, they will be acquiring a 21st century skill.   French is the language of the United Nations and a variety of  international organizations.  The U.S. is host to many French companies that include leaders in technology, finance, aerospace, design and fashion/beauty.  Because many French people choose to remain in their country of birth, they recruit Americans with French language skills.  
 
France remains the number one tourist attraction in the world.  If you ask people about their dream destination, "Paris" is a popular reply.  Having said that, the francophone world stretches well beyond these borders.   France has special ties to Africa.  Learning about the charms and challenges of these emerging countries will help students gain a true world view.
 
Last but not least, Montréal is a mere 6 hour drive from Somerville.  It is the second biggest francophone city in the world.  You can leave at 7:30am and be there in time for a lunch of crêpes!  Then you can order a maple flavored ice cream for dessert--in French of course!
 
Bon Courage!
 
Mme. Taylor