SLU News--Summer Study
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SLU SPONSORS SUMMER STUDY IN CANADA, MEXICO
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University's foreign languages and literatures
department is sponsoring summer study programs in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, and in
Both programs are open to anyone eligible to register at SLU. SLU students can earn six
credit hours in Canada and nine credit hours in Mexico, choosing from a variety of courses which
they can also audit.
The Quebec program is in its third year, while the Mexico program moves to Puebla from
Oaxaca, where Southeastern hosted Spanish language study for more than a decade.
Department head James Gaines said that the move to Puebla is the result of
Southeastern's affiliation with Trois-Rivieres, a branch of the University of Quebec, which also
has a summer study program in Puebla. The Puebla program is sponsored by the University of
Gaines said Southeastern and the Trois-Rivieres and Puebla universities are working
toward a three-way student exchange agreement, which would qualify the exchange program for
government grants under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The five-week Trois-Rivieres program is scheduled for June 30-August 4. The estimated
cost of the Trois-Rivieres program is $1,765, plus approximately $400 for round trip airfare from
New Orleans to Montreal. Students may drive if they prefer, said Gaines, who will accompany
the Southeastern group.
The Puebla program will cost $1,980, plus $350 airfare. Students from Southeastern will
be accompanied by SLU foreign languages professor Cheryll Javaherian.
Trois-Rivieres, Gaines said, is an "around the clock program" that includes morning
classes in subjects such as French civilization, elementary or intermediate French, conversation
and phonetics and advanced readings, afternoon labs and activities and concerts at night. Students
will take weekend field trips to nearby Quebec and Montreal and to the Acadian village
Students will be housed in dormitories where they will be challenged to speak French
only. Trois-Rivieres, on the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec, is North
America's second oldest city and is know for its historical 17th century buildings, lively
downtown area, art galleries and riverfront, Gaines said.
Puebla, located 80 miles south of Mexico City, is famous for its cuisine and cathedral.
Although it is one of Mexico's biggest industrial areas, it also is one of Mexico's most historic
cities, Gaines said. Students will enjoy field trips to Acapulco and pre-Aztec ruins at Teotihuacan
Students also may choose to live with a Mexican family or in a dormitory, where they
will be paired with a Mexican student. They also will have a native Mexican "conversational
Gaines said the both the Trois-Rivieres and Puebla programs qualify as the "immersion
experiences" needed by foreign language teachers.
For additional information about the Mexico and Canada summer study programs, call
the SLU foreign languages department, 549-2152.