Topics in French History and Culture (in France)

This combined course and trip begins with classroom instruction during Term 7 and concludes with travel to France, where students will see and experience firsthand what they learned about in the five weeks prior to travel.  The course will focus on several themes of importance in French history and culture and will be taught in French through the study of authentic documents including press articles, videos, podcasts, excerpts from historical documents and children’s books, which will be the basis for assessment in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The course includes a discussion of patrimoine (heritage sites) and its importance in French culture.   Topics include prehistoric cave art and how it was discovered, Roman Gaul, and Quaker history in France beginning with the Couflaires.  In our coursework, special consideration will be given to Paris and regions in the South of France and the material aspects of travel like considering the environment when making decisions about what to eat and what mode of transportation to use.

The service-learning portion is the visible, tangible expression of our insights around the importance of monuments as we work with la Maison Quaker to restore centuries-old gravestones in their cemetery.  Participants should be available on one weekend day (date TBD) during Term 7 to get training in gravestone and cemetery preservation.  They will also share their final reflection piece on George School’s social media before the end of the excursion.

Students earn 1 credit in French and fulfill their service requirement. IB diploma candidates in the class of 2026 will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project. A travel-abroad course, it requires parental consent.

This course is cross-listed as FRE990F (French).

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0