|Travel helps foreign language learners practice |
Franklin County High School’s foreign language students traveled to Costa Rica last year, where their tour guide demonstrated how to feed a crocodile. This summer, the foreign language department is planning a trip to Madrid and Paris.
Monday, April 7, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Students in Franklin County High School's Foreign Language department are preparing to travel to Europe this summer.
They plan to tour Madrid and Paris for eight or nine days.
"We plan trips every year," said Spanish teacher Beverley Dudley. "We have one coming up in May to Busch Gardens, and in October, we will visit New York."
Last year, students were able to learn about life in Costa Rica. While there, the group hiked to La Fortuna Waterfalls and to an inactive volcano. They went horseback riding and on a river cruise in which the tour guide demonstrated how to feed a crocodile.
They also hiked through a rain forest and to a hot spring that was heated by the volcano.
The group went zip-lining, planted trees in a national forest and visited schools, where they delivered school supplies to the students.
This year's trip to Europe will land the group in Madrid.
"We will also visit Toledo and then Paris," said Dudley.
Dudley said the trips are affordable and the cost covers room and board, all meals and transportation.
Various fundraisers, including candy bar sales, will help fund the trip.
"I got a better perspective about others and the way they live in their country," said freshman Taylor Dudley, who was a part of the group that traveled to Costa Rica last year. "I also got better at speaking the language. The people there are very friendly."