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Mme. Laura Ostertag
Bonjour et bienvenue!
Je m'appelle Laura Ostertag - Madame Ostertag en classe. I am excited to start a new school year in French at Capitol Hill. Even though this is my first year here, I have been at SPPS since 2000. My experience teaching French has been at the middle school and senior high levels - mostly senior high.
Learning a new language is so exciting, and I can't wait to meet the students who are choosing to learn a second, third (or more) language. Le Français! Language study provides many opportunities to explore cultures and multiple perspectives in addition to learning to communicate in French. We will practice all modalities of language learning - listening, reading, speaking and writing. We will do this in a variety of ways to appeal to multiple learning styles.
I grew up in the Twin Cities and my family is originally from northeastern France. I studied at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul and completed my Masters in French at the University of Northern Iowa - Angers, France. I have traveled and, at times, lived in 8 different French speaking countries and islands and have many more I hope to see...
In my free time, I love to read, travel, hike in northern Minnesota, bike the Gateway and Bruce Vento trails, and watch mysteries and international films. I like singing and cooking, but I do not do either very well as you will find out, especially when it comes to singing.
This year I will teach Foundations 6, Exploring French, French 1 and French 2. I encourage parents, guardians and students to contact me with questions, concerns and/or to chat.