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“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”  (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” (Charlemagne)

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I believe that everyone can learn a foreign language. It’s a question of being in an environment that catches the learner’s attention and encourages him/her  to participate. I use a variety of classroom activities to reach all individual learning styles and I set high (but attainable) goals for learners.

Students are encouraged to:

  • look at the world from a different perspective (from other cultural viewpoints)
  • realize that there is more than one way to see the world and to organize a society
  • appreciate and accept others
  • look critically at their own culture
  • take what is of value from other cultures and incorporate it into their own.

Which language should you study?

We offer both French and Spanish which are similar languages in format and structure. There is a common misconception that Spanish is easier than French…. NOT TRUE! Although some aspects of Spanish are easier, there are other aspects that are decidedly easier in French! Another commonly-held notion is that Spanish is more useful in the U.S. But this depends on where you are. Here in Vermont, French is more practical and often heard with the French-speaking province of Québec just to the north. Need more ideas for deciding? Check out these websites:

  1. http://french.about.com/cs/teachingresources/a/spanishiseasier.htm
  2. http://www.consulfrance-houston.org/spip.php?article1426
  3. http://www.utm.edu/staff/globeg/profren.shtml
  4. http://www.vistawide.com/spanish/why_spanish.htm
  5. http:/www.adfl.org/resources/knowing_other_languages.htm

Please visit my web pages for French and Spanish for more language specific course information and resources.

If you would like to see some examples of student work, please click here!

Or contact me if you have other questions…

  • Phone #: (802) 875-4191
  • e-mail: janet.podnecky@trsu.org

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