Classes

Lyceen catch phrase redThe Accès program combines classroom instruction with experiential learning.   We get out of the classroom and into the city and local museums as much as possible.  Each session includes the French language course and one of the History courses.

Andrea henry bouclier crop wideFrench language:  24-hours of instruction at the Alliance Française or the CIEL language centers by native speakers.  Most students come with little or no previous French language skills.  But all levels are welcome. 

 

Christianity in Europe:  Why does Christianity seem to be dying out in Europe?  How did it develop in France differently than it did in the US?  What challenges does Islam pose for European society?  We spend some time talking about the history of Christianity, its development in Europe and the US, the separation of church and state and the rise of Islam.  We also visit a number of sites that evoke Europe's Christian past (John Calvin's parish church, the monastery of Sainte Odile, the Notre Dame de Strasbourg cathedral) and the changes in Europe's religious landscape today (The Grand Mosque of Strasbourg, the Protestant chaplaincy of Strasbourg).

Coe walking 2France and the European Union:  What were the reasons for creating the European Union after World War II? Why is it so criticized today?  Seat of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg is an ideal place to discuss these questions.  We learn about the history of the European project, from the Schuman Plan to Brexit.  We also visit the major European institutions of Strasbourg and learn about their role in fostering democracy and human rights. We learn about France's role within the EU.

Alex classroom talking1Europe at War 1914-45:  The first half of the 20th century was a time of tremendous loss of life and destruction in Europe.  Two wars which engulfed the entire world broke out here. Strasbourg was at the center of both conflicts. We learn the circumstances which led to the first world war and the unresolved questions which paved the way for the second.  We visit sites from both wars in France and Germany (Le Linge battlefield, the Maginot Line, the American military cemetary in St. Avold, Le Struthof concentration camp).