France, Jamaica exchange students
SIX student teachers from the Institut de Formation des Maîtres at the University of Montpellier in southern France recently completed three weeks of teaching practice in Jamaica as part of an exchange programme with Shortwood Teachers' College.
The students — Cédric Fournier, Mélanie Monthieux, Myriam Tbeur, Maxime Garenne, Mathias Petit and William Siguret — were placed at Mona and Stella Maris prep schols, as well as Covenant Christian Academy and Children's Centre where they taught primarily French.
To mark the occasion, Ambassador of France to Jamaica Ginette de Matha hosted a farewell reception at her Hillcrest Avenue residence with the students and their host families, and teaching and administrative staff from Shortwood. Among the guests were vice-principal Dosseth Edwards-Watson, director of practicum and projects Dr Claudette Barrett-March, head of the Department of Modern Languages Courtney Taylor, and lecturers of French Elizabeth McLeod-Taylor and Rusheyne Ferguson.
The exchange programme between the two teacher training institutions began in 2009. Under the agreement, students from Shortwood spend six weeks' at Montpellier while those from Montpellier spend three weeks here.