Paris Teacher Seminar

July 15-July 22,2018

The Paris Teacher Seminar takes place in the FIAP Jean Monnet, a university residence in the 14th arrondissement, where participants are ideally situated to absorb the atmosphere and culture of Paris. The program is designed not only for teachers of French but for teachers of history, literature, art, or any subject that can draw on the rich artistic and historical offerings of French society.

The Residence

Seminar participants reside in FIAP Jean Monnet, a clean and comfortable Foyer with en-suite facilities, lived in by university students during the year, and situated in the 14th arrondissement, close to Paris’s famous catacombs, the Observatoire, the bohemian village of la Butte aux Cailles, and Montparnasse Cemetery. Just a brief walk or short metro ride away are the sights for which Paris is famous: the Eiffel Tower, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Sainte-Chapelle, Louvre, Notre-Dame, Ile de la Cité, Ile Saint-Louis, and many more. Breakfast is served in the residence, but evening meals are eaten in cafés and restaurants around the city, adding another dimension to our experience of French culture. The Paris Teacher Seminar is designed to make the city French culture accessible to everyone, regardless of language ability. There are two Study Groups, one in English and one in French, so that French speakers can converse with local experts in their native tongue and non-French speakers have an equal opportunity to experience Parisian life fully.

The Director

M. Lescarret-Vlna teaches economics and history to postgraduate students preparing for entry to the Hautes Ecoles at the Internat d’Excellence de Sourdun, a flagship school outside Paris. His publications include Les Gaulois and Les Romains (2001), and L’histoire et la géographie au baccalauréat and 100 dates de l’histoire de France (2009). He also contributed to Les enjeux européens depuis 1989 (2004). He holds an MA in Roman History from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a DEA in Roman History from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sorbonne. He won a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake research at Amherst College in the United States. This will be his sixth year with the Seminar.


Teachers discuss select issues arising out of French history, politics, and society. The group provides an accessible introduction to Paris as well as a deeper investigation of French culture. It is designed for those teachers who wish to enrich their classroom teaching by drawing on this magnificent city’s past and present, as well as those who seek to improve their familiarity with France, Europe, and the opportunities of studying abroad.


Pour ceux qui enseignent la langue et la culture françaises, ce cursus permet non seulement de discuter régulièrement avec d’autres francophones, mais aussi d’approfondir ses connaissances de la France dans ses aspects historiques, culturels, et politiques, tout en explorant des phénomènes de société et de mémoire nationale. Les participants se fondent dans la ville et la vie parisienne grâce à divers colloques, lectures, et visites, et rentrent chez eux avec une expérience et des connaissances considérables qu’ils peuvent partager avec leurs élèves.