Teachers at the Louvre

Program Description

Program Dates:  July 18 - July 29, 2016

In 2004, Rutgers University became the first American educational partner of France’s most
prestigious museum, the Louvre.  As a result of this collaboration, we are pleased to offer
a two-week program featuring a 3-credit Master’s course.

Exclusive and affordable, "Teachers at the Louvre" is an exceptional opportunity for teachers
of French to earn credit while exploring the riches of the Louvre and other Parisian’s museums, developing curricular materials for teaching art and culture, and exercising their French skills.

This year, the Teachers at the Louvre Program will be directed by
Dr. Christelle Palpacuer-Lee of the Graduate School of Education,
Rutgers-New Brunswick.

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Course Description

Bringing the Louvre into the French Classroom
course no. 420:505
 (3 credits)

Bringing the Louvre into the French Classroom is a Master's level course that addresses three questions:

          – What is the Louvre?

          – How do I take my class to a museum?

          – How can I teach French through art?

  • Every morning, participants are involved in activities (workshops, guided tours, lectures) organized by their instructor and specialists affiliated with the Museum.  No prior knowledge in the history of art is required!
  • Two mornings per week, the participants meet with Dr. Palpacuer-Lee to work on ways to turn the knowledge acquired in the morning into exciting classroom tools.
  • The goal of the course is the creation of a portfolio of standard-based, interdisciplinary, lesson plans that reflect the Core Curriculum as well as the New Jersey state and national standards for the teaching of world languages. 
  • The course is designed to meet the requirements of professional development as outlined by several models, including the Danielson.

Course Learning Goals

  • To gain a broader and deeper knowledge of French art history and culture through museum visits and immersion in Paris;
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie culture teaching in the world language classroom;
  • To learn how to apply this knowledge to language and culture teaching;
  • To develop basic skills to interpret and construct inquiries into art history and visual culture;
  • To design standard-based and thematic lesson and unit plans for the communicative classroom.

This course meets the New Jersey Professional Standards 1-4 and 6-9.


Accommodations are not included in the program fee and participants are responsible for finding their own housing.

In the past, many participants were able to sublet apartments at competitive rates.  Paris also offers many home exchange opportunities.  For further information, please contact the program director.

We have also identified a number of centrally-located hotels for all budgets and needs.  See Suggestions for Hotels.


Teachers at the Louvre is open to K-16 French teachers and students affiliated with the Rutgers Graduate School - New Brunswick.  The program is limited to 20 participants.

In order to participate in the Teachers at the Louvre Program, you must be accepted to the Institute for Global Languages.  (More information and an application form are available at https://tlc.rutgers.edu/).  You may apply to both simultaneously.  You are NOT required to be a member of the French MAT Program in order to participate in the Louvre Program.

For the Teachers at the Louvre program application, please click here .

Cost: $ 2,700 for N.J. residents, $ 4,200 for non N.J. residents. The program can be counted towards an MAT degree, or as professional continuing education, and thus is eligible for partial or full reimbursement by your school.

Included in the fee: tuition for 3-credit graduate course, pedagogical materials, “Carte Louvre Enseignants” (one-year V.I.P. pass to museum’s collections and exhibitions), and bistro lunch/dinner (excluding alcohol).

Not included in the fee: round-trip airfare, accommodations, meals, medical insurance.

Payment: $500 payable upon acceptance, the balance by May 29th. The deposit of $500 is not refundable. $500 is deducted from payments for withdrawal between May 30 and June 30. $500 will be refunded to anyone cancelling between July 1st and the group’s departure. There will be no refund after departure.

Program cancellation policy: If conditions necessitate an increase in price, such change will be announced by May 1 and participants wishing to withdraw will receive a full refund. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, reserves the right to make any changes in this program that may become necessary. In the event of a cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, participants will receive a full refund. However, the University cannot be held responsible for any other expenses associated with the program. Participants are thus strongly encouraged to purchase a travel insurance policy.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is dedicated by law and by purpose to serving all people on an equal and nondiscriminatory basis.

Suggestions for Hotels

Note:  On this page, you will find suggestions for locating and booking hotels in Paris.  The list is not exhaustive and is provided for your information. 

Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc ** - Métro : Saint Paul
3 rue Jarente 75004 PARIS - Tel:  33 (0)1 48 87 62 11 - fax : 01 48 87 37 31 - www.hoteljeannedarc.com

Hotel located in the Marais, next to the lovely Place du Marché Sainte Catherine, about 20 min. from the Louvre (subway), or 30 min. by foot.

Small elevator, no handicap access.
All rooms are equipped with cable TV and WiFi connection (not free); blow dryer available at the front desk. No A.C.

Single room (35” bed, shower, toilet) 60€
Single room (47” bed, shower, toilet) 72€
Double room (63” bed, bath, toilet) 84€
Double room (2 35” beds, bath, toilet) 97€
Triple room 116€
Quadruple room 146€

Breakfast (not included): 6€

Hôtel Prince Albert Louvre ** - Métro : Tuileries
5 r. St-Hyacinthe 75001 PARIS - Tel : 01 42 61 58 36 - fax : 01 42 60 04 06 - www.hotelprincealbert.com

Located in the prestigious 1st district, a mere 5 min. walk to the Louvre.

Small elevator, no handicap access.

All rooms are equipped with cable TV and WiFi connection (not free), blow dryer. A.C. in all rooms (Please verify upon making reservation). 10% discount and free breakfast with early phone reservation.

Single room (47” bed, shower, toilet) 69€
Single or double room (47” bed, shower, toilet) 90€
Double room (63” bed, bath, toilet) 109€

Hôtel Montpensier ** - Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre
12, r. Richelieu 75001 Paris - Tél-fax : 01 42 96 28 50 - www.montpensierparis.com

Located in the prestigious 1st district, a mere 5 min. walk to the Louvre.

Small elevator, no handicap access.
Cable TV, WiFi (free in lobby), high-speed Internet in rooms (not free), blow dryer in rooms. No A.C.

Double room (63” bed or 2 35” beds, bath, toilet) 120€
Twin room - two people (63” bed or 2 35” beds, shower, toilet) 115€

Breakfast (not included): 8€

Hôtel du Lion d’Or ** - Métro: Tuileries
5 r. La Sourdière 75001 Paris - Tel: 01 42 60 79 04 - www.hotel-louvre-paris.com

Located in the prestigious 1st district, a mere 5 min. walk to the Louvre.

Elevator, no handicap access.
All rooms are equipped with cable TV and WiFi connection, business center (laptop PC available), blow dryer.

Standard room (47” bed, shower, toilet) 107€
Standard room (63” bed, bath, toilet) 130€

Timhôtel Le Louvre ** - Métro: Louvre
4 r . Croix des Petits Champs 75001 Paris - Tel: 01 42 60 34 86 - fax : 01 42 60 10 39 - www.timhotel.com

Located in the prestigious 1st district, a mere 5 min. walk to the Louvre.

Small elevator, handicap access and room.
56 out of 63 rooms are equipped with free WiFi connection; cable TV in all rooms, blow dryer available at the front desk.

Single room (35” bed, shower, toilet) 119€
Double room (63” bed or 2 35” beds, shower, toilet) 139€

Breakfast (not included): 10€

For more hotels in the vicinity of the Louvre Museum, please visit:


Comments from Past Participants

  • "The program was a dream come true."
  • "A great combination of activities."
  • "I truly believe that what I have learned these past two weeks will have a strong influence on my teaching for the rest of my career.”
  • "This was a fantastic ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.”
  • "It was an honor for me to have the Louvre as my ‘second home’ for two weeks.”
  • "In summary, this course was everything that I expected it to be and then some.”
  • "The richness of this experience is one that I will never forget.”
  • "The amount of effort put forth by everyone involved in the creation and manifestation of the program is evident in how much each teacher will bring back to the States, not just practical uses but the memories and character building which will last a life time.”
  • "This has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life.”
  • "I feel very blessed to have been able to be a part of this program.”
  • "I feel that I am somehow not able to express my gratitude to you and to all of the organizers and presenters.”
  • "This has been a huge success on all levels.”
  • "Let’s just say that I was running out of superlatives as I was writing my previous comments. The program has been fabulous.”
  • "Thank yous’ cannot begin to express my gratitude for all your hard work and fabulous results."



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I prepare for this program?

 A half-day workshop will be offered on-line in May. During this on-line workshop, you will get to know the director of the program as well as the other participants. You will also be introduced to the goals and contents of the program. A syllabus for the course as well as an introduction to using art in the classroom will be presented to help you prepare for the program. 

What if I cannot attend the online workshop that day?

You will be given access to a SAKAI webpage where you will find the presentations and discussions that took place that day, as well as all the materials that were presented. This SAKAI webpage will remain open and accessible to you for the whole academic year. Additional materials will regularly be added to that course website.

The Director of the program will send you a folder containing a summary of the presentations and discussions as well as all the materials that were handed out.

What do I need to know about French history and art history?

A general knowledge of the XIXth and XXth c. political regimes will be useful. We will provide readings and history "refreshers" at the workshop as well as an extensive bibliography, and additional textook excerpts and materials. No prior knowledge of art history is required.

When should I fly to Paris?

A meeting will take place on:  For your own comfort, we strongly recommend that you arrive at least 24 hours prior to this meeting.

Can I come with relatives or friends?

As long as attending all class sessions remains your priority, and the presence of others doesn’t distract you from your Parisian museums experience, you are free to arrange your stay as you please.

Will I have time to visit the city on my own?

With the exception of two afternoons of group work, participants will be free to explore the city every day after class and on the weekend.

Will other activities be offered?

Your one-year Louvre pass gives you free access to many other museums. The program fee includes a gourmet dinner in a scenic restaurant! Dinners and nights at the movies are commonly improvised, yet not imposed. The Program Director will be available for advice and tips.

How demanding is the program?

Given its brevity, the course will be demanding in terms of attention, but also physical fitness. For instance, with about 12 acres of exhibited art, the Louvre makes its visitors walk, or stand, sometimes in non air-conditioned rooms. Good walking shoes and comfortable clothing are a must. In addition, the program operates at graduate level. This means that short readings will be assigned daily to prepare for the next visit, or to review important ideas. Participants are also required to complete a reflective journal based on their experience in Paris. Finally, participants are expected to complete a first draft of their portfolio’s unit plan by the end of the stay in Paris.