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This article was published 25/4/2016 (366 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
When people go to bookstores, they expect to leave with a stack of books, DVDs, audio materials or gifts.
But, if they attend Cendrine Marrouat’s community classroom courses at McNally Robinson Booksellers, they might come away with new knowledge and skills that can help them in the future.
For the past four years, McNally Robinson has been the site of educational opportunities through its community classroom. Since Feb., 2012, the community classroom has offered courses running anywhere from a few hours to 10 or 12 weeks, on topics ranging from wildlife-watching to creative writing and art.
Among the many courses on offer are French language classes and programs on social media, two of Marrouat’s specialties. She has been part of the community classroom from the beginning, first as a reporter and then as a teacher.
Cendrine grew up in Toulouse, France, and moved to Winnipeg at the recommendation of a friend.
Before coming, the only thing she knew was that it was the home of Carol Shields, whose work she had read as part of her studies.
In her university years, Marrouat studied English language and literature, grammar, and linguistics, subjects that have proven very useful in her career as a teacher.
"Teaching has always been an obvious career path for me," she says. "I still recall the kitchen in my parents’ home and me playing the role of the schoolmistress at seven or eight years old. I already experienced great joy."
Marrouat tries to make the experience as pleasant as possible in every class.
"As a French instructor, I always stress the importance of having fun and not being afraid of making mistakes," she says.
She teaches in both English and French, which makes her classes accessible to a wide range of students.
In addition to language, Marrouat teaches social media courses and continues to write content for herself and others. Photography is another of her interests, and she hopes to release a book on the topic by the end of the year while she works on another book on social media.
As she and her students know, the Community Classroom can be a good place to pursue lifelong learning.
Susan Huebert is a community correspondent for River Heights.