About Our Homestay Program
Here are some simple suggestions for successfully hosting a
foreign student. First and foremost, the month your student
spends living in your home should be an American experience.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Try to provide a cordial and relaxed environment which will
nurture a friendly and warm relationship.
2. Tour points of interest in your area. You will be able to travel
anywhere in the U.S. with your exchange student, provided you
notify Terra lingua/Terre des Langues in advance.
3. Introduce your student to friends, neighbors, relatives, and
other young people.
4. Foster an understanding of many aspects of American culture
found in North Carolina. Observe the difference and similarities
between cultures in regard to family closeness, heritage, our great
number of ethnic groups, housing, eating habits, community
activities, school life and pride in our state and nation.
5. Remember that it is important for a foreign student to observe
things which may seem insignificant to you but which tell a lot
about your way of life: visiting Mom's or Dad's place of work,
shopping, looking at family pictures, recalling important events in
your family's life, visiting a local school, college, public library and
going to a county fair. Take them to your own church.
6. Keep your student active after the first day of rest. Involve your
student in some of the many summertime activities available in
your community--tennis, swimming, cooking, shopping, family
picnics, dancing, etc. The students would rather be participating
than passively viewing TV; which they may have difficulty
understanding and are not accustomed to doing overseas.
7. Always stress the simple things of American daily life.
About the Organizer
Dr. Frederic Fladenmuller is an East
Carolina University Professor of
French and Spanish. For the past 30
years he has successfully brought
over 3,500 French and Spanish
students to North Carolina, while 500
American teens have traveled abroad.
Dr. Fladenmuller is recognized
nationally and internationally as a
specialist in the study of the modern
novel, with numerous contributions
on the work of Proust. He recently
published his new book which deals
with the concepts of "neuter" and
"chaos" as they apply to modern, and
in particular, postmodern narratives.
Organizing chaos is very much a part
of his daily activity as an academic
researcher and Terra Lingua/ Terre
des Langues coordinator!
He is currently working on two book
manuscripts on the modern novel.
Although well accomplished, his
greatest pride has been his three
wonderful children, two grandsons
and two granddaughters.
His beautiful wife, Ainee, who is the
Web Master for this site, is a local TV
Journalist and independent business
Together, they're raising their two
spoiled dogs, Murphy and Henri
NEW EMAIL: Fladenmullerf@ecu.edu
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