Bonjour à tous et bienvenue sur le blog « Erica in France ».
My name is Erica Henderson and I study French and Spanish at the University of Strathclyde. I am currently on my year abroad in Toulouse, a city in the South-West of France, where I am working as an English assistant in two ‘collèges’. For those of you who don’t know how the French schooling system works, I will explain it to you briefly.
In France, there are 3 levels of school – école primaire, collège and lycée (primary, middle and high school).
École primaire = 6-11 years old
Collège = 11-14 years old
Lycée = 14-18 years old
So, as I am an assistant in two collèges, this means that I work with pupils aged 11-14. In my lessons, I teach the pupils about Scottish culture, as well as providing them with the opportunity to hear an authentic anglophone accent and to learn English with a native speaker. It’s a really rewarding job and, in fact, I learn a lot from the kids too as they teach me new French vocabulary every day – it’s a two way street 😊
However, I only work 12 hours a week which means that I have lots of free time to spend exploring Toulouse and all that the city has to offer. Toulouse has been nicknamed ‘La Ville Rose’ (The Pink City) because of the pretty, terracotta bricks that have been used on most of the city’s buildings.
I’ve included some photos below of Toulouse and its attractions so you can get an insight into this wonderful city!
As you can see, Toulouse is a very beautiful city and I’m really excited to be able to share my experiences here with all of you! In the upcoming blogs, I plan to share aspects of the French culture and language which I hope you will enjoy and learn a lot from. Stay tuned for December’s blog post which will focus on the theme of Christmas in France.
In the meantime, I have included an introductory video below to allow you all to get to know me a little better. I do speak French in the video but I have included English subtitles which can be turned on in the settings. Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything at first, even I struggled to understand French when I first moved here – practice makes perfect!
I can’t wait to speak to you all again soon. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions that you may have, I’d be thrilled to respond to them all. Please also feel free to leave a comment telling me about yourself so I can get to know you all too.
Comment t’appelles-tu ? Quel âge as-tu ? Quels sont tes intérêts ? I’d love to know.
A bientôt !