In the ten years she has been a student, Chloé Ligier has dived into the wide range of programs and experiences offered by the Lycée Louis Pasteur.
A challenging dual French and Albertan curriculum
The youngest child of a family of five with a French dad and Canadian mom, Chloé loves the small class sizes at the Lycée and, in her words, the teachers who “do their utmost not to leave anyone in the dust”. She recognizes the high standards of the dual French and Albertan curriculum at the Lycée and how they help her to push and challenge herself, with particular reference to her baccalaureate program and its supervised project work. Chloe relishes the bonds and kinships that are formed at the Lycée and has chosen to remain a long term student – much to the delight of her parents!
Like her two older sisters who attended the Lycée before her, Chloé has worked hard on both her French and English since kindergarten, or what is known as Grande Section in the Lycée’s Maternelle program. She confided that French became much easier after grade 6 when she felt that more students arrived from France and she began to make lots of French friends and speak their language with them socially.
A strong third language made fun with exchange programs
While Chloé started Spanish classes in grade 6 with her classmates, she really wanted practice beyond her classroom setting. You can imagine how thrilled she was when the Lycée Louis Pasteur signed an exchange program convention with the Lycée Français d'Alicante Pierre-Deschamps (LFA) in Spain! In the fall trimester of 2013, an exchange student came to Calgary to stay with the Ligier family and attended the Lycée with Chloé. In January 2014, it was Chloé’s turn to travel to Alicante where she stayed with her exchange family, who live just 15 minutes’ drive from the LFA. Her host family was really easy to get along with and even took her on trips to Madrid and Cordoba. They spoke exclusively in Spanish and Chloé found her language skills improving by leaps and bounds. She still gets in touch her new Spanish family, as well as a school friend, on birthdays and special holidays.
She treasures friendships with students from different places and makes the most of the lively multicultural debate in classes because she believes they foster open-mindedness. She has had a chance to meet students from countries including Colombia who study at the LLP for a year through its homestay program, and still touches base with several friends from the institution who have returned to their home countries over the years.