March 22, 2013

It's a Sign

March 22, 2013 Photo of the day: "It's a sign..."

"The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge
is the power of teaching." - Aristotle

I always wondered why the signs on the doors of the Spanish and Chinese teachers specify their languages while mine says "Foreign Language." I have never liked that term, preferring to refer to French, Spanish, Chinese, etc. as "world languages." In French, the word "étranger" can mean either "foreign" or "strange." As much as I haven't liked this sign outside my door, it certainly will feel strange when it is no longer there. This week, I told my students that I will won't be their French teacher next year. Although they were disappointed, to my delight, they assured me that I will always be "Madame" :)