Monday, September 20, 2004

INSTED Announces Lesson Plan for 04-05 Season

(How to ski Cham 120 days a year and not wash dishes for cash)

The INSTED Institute of Foreign Education, which runs a French language school in Chamonix, has announced its lesson plans for the 2004-05 season. (INSTED, as in "Insted of college, Insted of shoveling snow for the resort, Insted of starving...)

INSTED offers visiting skiers and riders the chance to learn French language skills (learn how to construct complete sentences that include PTex, cold beer, deodorant, and cigarettes) while enjoying their winter vacation (err, we mean study abroad). Each winter, the school has around 100 students from all over the world (blowing off class and cranking up charges on their 'rents AmEx). For the first time, INSTED will now function year-'round. It will now be possible to complement the French classes with climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and hiking in the Mont-Blanc massif (it's "possible" but not probable).

Adam Jorlén, one of INSTED's founders, describes the new courses as a natural development of the concept where the students have the possibility to combine skiing and snowboarding with language studies. The classes will be taught in half-day groups of 13 people (weather depending) and are open to all levels except for absolute beginners(who are still welcome if they cough up the tuition). Private or shared accommodation can be booked through the school (or Jorlen will rent you space on his cabin floor if his roomates don't freak out).More information may be obtained by visiting the school's website at http://www.insted.com/.

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