Frequently Asked Questions
SUMMER LANGUAGE INSTITUTE GENERAL INFORMATION
- What is the Summer Language Institute?
The SLI is an intense course of study for those who want to earn their MA degree over the course of 3 summers.
The courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of middle school, high school and community college French teachers. This unique summer program combines courses on language acquisition and pedagogy with language and culture courses to allow you to improve both your language proficiency and cultural understanding.
Our focus is to provide courses that are intellectually challenging and yet practical and applicable to what we language teachers do in the classroom.
- Should I plan to arrive early?
Yes. We suggest that you arrive at least 3 days in advance of the beginning of classes. This will allow you to become acquainted with the city, find the best way to school and back, get to know your family, do some sight-seeing, and find your favorite coffee shops.
- Where is the SLI held?
The SLI is held at the Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIDEF), a part of the Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO), in Angers, France. CIDEF is conveniently located on the UCO campus, near the town center.
- Why Angers?
The Oregon University System has been sending students to Angers for many years, and CIDEF has a long history of successful language programs, as well as a Master's degree in Français Langue Etrangère (FLE). SOU already has a strong relationship with UCO and CIDEF.
- How long does it take to finish the MA degree?
By attending both summer sessions you can complete the program in 2.5 summers.
- Why are some courses taught in English?
When it is deemed possible, Core courses are taught in French. Core courses are often taught in English since many of the resources (texts and research) are carried out and published in English. Due to the exacting nature of the vocabulary involved in these subjects (Second Language Acquisition for example) students might not be able to fully participate in some of the courses were they not taught in English.
- Is your university accredited?
Southern Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency also qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), based in Redmond, Wash., is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON ANGERS
- What is the best way to get there?
The most convenient arrival is through the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. At the airport, you can take the TGV from the Charles de Gaulle TGV2 terminal to Angers St. Laud. It is a 2.5-3 hours train ride from Paris to Angers.
- What weather can I expect
Angers is located in the Loire Valley of France, which was a popular regions with French royalty due to the mild climate. During the months of June and July, weather in Angers is superb, with plenty of sunshine, and high temperatures generally between 75 and 80 degrees, lows around 55-60. Temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the summer, with a relatively low precipitation.
- Is there a doctor available if I get sick?
There are numerous well-qualified physicians in Angers, as well as pharmacies located throughout the town. Our program has doctors who are used to meeting with American students.
GENERAL HOUSING INFORMATION
- Why a family stay?
There is a tremendous advantage to home stays since you are immersed in the culture and the language. Many of our students request the same families every summer due to the close bonds that are established.
- What does it cost to stay with a family?
The cost is 550€ for the three week session. This includes room and board: two meals a day (breakfast and dinner). There are many inexpensive places to get lunch, including on the campus.
- How do I pay?
The easiest way is to have a debit card from which you can withdraw money from one of the Guichet automatique. Payment for the homestays are paid directly to CIDEF. Travelers Checks are an option but our experience shows that cashing them is sometime a problem.
- Who arranges the housing?
The CIDEF (Centre International d'Etudes Françaises) will take care of all arrangements for you. You will be sent an inquiry form to fill out. This form provides information on your preferences and every effort is made to match you to the perfect family.CIDEF has a long history of providing homestays for international students, and has some very good homestay opportunities.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
We strongly urge you to bring a laptop with you. Most students also bring a flashdrive. They save files and can easily take them to an Internet café and print pages. CIDEF is wireless as are numerous coffee shops and cafes. Many of the homes where students stay also provide wireless services.
There is no special current adapter necessary. We do suggest you bring a small surge protector.
Again, with a flashdrive files can be transported easily to downtown centers where papers can be printed.
- Umbrella and extra shoes
Although summer days are mostly sunny in Angers, an occasional summer cloudburst can soak you in a hurry. Thunderstorms are rare during the summer, but can put down a lot of water in a short period of time. There are many areas to explore along the river and throughout the town, so we encourage you to bring good walking shoes.