79e Congrès annuel de l'AATF
du 5 au 8 juillet, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Programme final

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S110: Creative Crafts For Communication

Intervenante: Harriet Saxon, Rutherford School District (NJ), Présidente de la Commission de l'AATF sur le français précoce

This session will provide ideas for teachers on all levels to think "out of the box" and create fun and proficiency-oriented projects to supplement the class lesson. The projects will be creative crafts for French students to reinforce learning skills.


La Francophonie dans le monde entier

Intervenante: Jacqueline Friedman, Horace Mann School (NY)

French is spoken in other countries besides France. Students are studying the many countries where French is used in daily life and otherwise. Each student chooses a country and writes an extensive report on that nation, including its geography, history, economy, government, education, food, holidays, etc. Depending on levels, reports could be written in English (it is part of culture study in lower and middle schools) or in French in high schools or colleges.

S111: Le Grand Concours 2006

Intervenantes: Geneviève Delfosse, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (VA), Présidente du comité secondaire, et Elizabeth Miller, Crystal Springs Uplands School (CA), Présidente du comité primaire

Le Grand Concours can motivate your students! Starting in Grade 1 and going through high school, the National French Contest rewards student and teacher achievement in a national competition. Come learn about the Concours and how to make it relevant in your classroom. Chairs of the FLES and Secondary Test Development Committees will be on‑hand to share information and answer any questions.

E112: It's all French to me! Écoutons et voyons le monde francophone

Intervenants: Karen Traynor et Bill Traynor, Tralco‑Lingo Fun

This presentation will focus on Parisian, Québécois, and Cajun culture and include activities, tips, and strategies for using videos. View clips from new Paris videos, the new Carnaval de Québec, and Acadian to Cajun. Participants will be invited to apply strategies to their needs, receive classroom‑ready handouts, and have an opportunity to win a featured video.

S113: Childhood as an Approach to Francophone Literature and Culture

Intervenant: Daniel Noren, Ferris State University (MI)

This presentation will include interactive childhood stories from Senegal, Martinique, and the Congo. Copies of original documents will be distributed as well as discussion questions and performance assessment of "Kirikou et la Sorcière." Participants will receive discussion and composition topics and suggestions for integrating the above into a diverse curriculum.

S114: La Phonétique française: An Authentic documents based CD‑ROM for Teaching French Pronunciation

Intervenants: Lawrence Kuiper, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

This session will present a new French Pronunciation CD‑ROM, developed by the Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University. The CD‑ROM's author and platform designer will show how this program, based on authentic documents, provides a fresh and motivating new approach to teaching French pronunciation.

W115: Black, Blanc, Beur? The Immigration Phenomenon and Multicultural Tension in France

Intervenantes: Sally Magnan, University of Wisconsin, et Margaret Bussone, Homestead High School (WI)

The presenters will offer an overview of immigration history in France and activities based on popular songs, films, stories, and media reports that help students understand multiculturalism in France today. Larger topic areas include the debate over religious symbols in schools, car burnings in 2005, SOS racism and social issues, and the role of sports in shaping a multicultural identity for France.

E116: proposé par le Service culturel français

Intervenant: Adam Steg, Consulat de France à la Nouvelle Orléans was created by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and aims to help teachers and students find resources and documentation related to all aspects of French language education for all levels of study. It is a free service that provides a network of resources and selected links to Web sites that offer high quality content and information. A project involving several French Embassy Departments, the General Delegation of the Alliance française, and the University of Wisconsin‑Madison, is intended to provide French teachers and students a comprehensive single location from which to access the best resources on French language education.

C117: National Board Certification: Working with the Challenges

Animatrices: Susan Colville‑Hall, University of Akron (OH), Présidente de la Commission sur les normes professionnelles, et Anne Jensen, Gunn High School (CA), Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Pacifique

National Board certified teachers share their challenges and strategies for success in achieving certification.

S118: Shattering Stereotypes: Le Tiers état in Seventeenth‑Century France

Intervenante: Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, Chestnut Hill College (PA)

Contrary to popular belief, social mobility and an acceptable lifestyle did exist among the lower classes. Authors and artists, such as Molière, Mme de Sévigné, La Bruyère, La Fontaine, and Le Nain provide insights, as do historical documents. This presentation will disprove common stereotypes and include suggested lesson plans.

E119: Newcomers Session

Intervenante: Ann Sunderland, Independence High School (MO))

This session is intended for new AATF members and first‑time attendees at an AATF convention. Participants will receive a general overview of the convention and of the activities of the AATF and the opportunities available for members.

C121: Meeting of the National FLES* Commission

Animatrice: Harriet Saxon, Rutherford School District (NJ), Présidente de la Commission

This session will review the work of the Commission of the past year and discuss ideas for 2006‑2007.

S122: Teaching Azouz Begag's Works as an Introduction to Contemporary French Civilization

Intervenante: Mary Anne O'Neil, Whitman College (WA)

Azouz Begag's Le Gone du chaâba provides an excellent introduction to the problems of the first Beur generation in France. It is especially pertinent for its reflections on the problems these children of immigrants encounter in the French school system and the difference teachers made in the author's personal life and academic career.

S123: Building Students' Proficiency using the Three Modes of Communication: Daily Motivational Speaking Activities for All Levels

Intervenante: Shawn Morrison, College of Charleston (SC)

Research shows that students must speak the target language in order to gain proficiency, yet creating daily speaking activities can be a daunting task. The presenter will introduce a template for creating motivational activities that include the presentational mode, the interpretive mode, and the interpersonal mode of communication.

C124: La Promotion du français: Second Annual Swap Shop

Animatrice: Ann Sunderland, Truman High School (MO), Co‑Présidente de la Commission

In this second annual Promotion Swap Shop, participants will share ideas for activities, projects, strategies, and outreach that will impact French programs at all levels. Come share your most successful activities for National French Week and throughout the year. This will be an interactve session with handouts for all participants. Organized by the AATF Commission for the Promotion of French.

S126: Regional Round-up I (Greater New York City), IV (Mid-Atlantic) & VII (West Central)

Myrna Delson-Karan, Fordham University (NY), Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour l'agglomération de New York

Alice Cataldi, University of Delaware, Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Moyen Atlantique

Gregg Siewert, Truman State University (MO), Délégué régional de l'AATF pour le Centre-ouest

Members of AATF chapters in Metropolitan New York (Metropolitan, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester), the Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA), and West Central (IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) are invited to meet each other and to discuss their chapter's strengths, opportunities, and challenges. The discussion will be facilitated by the Regional Representatives who will invite participants to convey their suggestions and needs for the future. It will also give members a chance to follow up on some of the discussions from Quebec at the annual meeting (2005) as well as to engage in some preliminary planning for academic year 2006‑2007.

S127: Regional Round-up II (New England), V (Southeast) & VIII (Southwest)

Jean‑Pierre Berwald, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Délégué régional de l'AATF pour la Nouvelle Angleterre

Danielle Raquidel, University of South Carolina Upstate, Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Sud-est

Jacqueline Thomas, Texas A & M University‑Kingsville, Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Sud-ouest

Members of AATF chapters in New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT), the Southeast (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC), and the Southwest (AR, CO, NM, TX, UT, WY) are invited to meet each other and to discuss their chapter's strengths, opportunities, and challenges. The discussion will be facilitated by the Regional Representatives, who will invite participants to convey their suggestions and needs for the future. It will also give members a chance to follow up on some of the discussions from Quebec at the annual meeting (2005) as well as to engage in some preliminary planning for academic year 2006‑2007.

S128: Regional Round-up III (New York State), VI (East Central) & IX (Pacific)

David Graham, Clinton Community College (NY), Délégué régional de l'AATF pour l'état de New York

Randa Duvick, Valparaiso University (IN), Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Centre est

Anne Jensen, Gunn High School (CA), Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Pacifique

Members of AATF chapters in New York State, the East Central region (IN, KY, MI, OH, WV), and the Pacific Region (AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA) are invited to meet each other and to discuss their chapter's strengths, opportunities, and challenges. The discussion will be facilitated by the Regional Representatives, who will invite participants to convey their suggestions and needs for the future. It will also give members a chance to follow up on some of the discussions from Quebec at the annual meeting (2005) as well as to engage in some preliminary planning for academic year 2006‑2007.

S129: French Socialist Communes in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas: Nauvoo, Corning, Silkville

Intervenant: Clyde Thogmartin, Iowa State University, emeritus

On the 19th-century Midwestern frontier, three Utopian French socialist communes struggled, survived, and eventually were abandoned. Icaria, founded on the recently-deserted Mormon site at Nauvoo, Illinois, had a later offshoot near Corning, Iowa, while Silkville was an attempt to plant mulberries, raise silkworms, and make silk in eastern Kansas.

C210: International Linkages for Business and Government

Intervenants: William Thompson, The University of Memphis (TN), Vice-Présidente de l'AATF, Bernard Duhaime, Alliance française d'Omaha (NE), Paul Sandrock, State of Wisconsin, Department of Public Instruction

How can French play a role beyond the humanities? Panel members discuss unique programs and projects where French is essential in government, education, and business. Specific examples include graduate degrees applying French in five career areas, agreements between state education agencies and French rectorats providing internships.

S211: La Crise dans les banlieues, une crise française

Intervenants: Johann Sadock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Christopher Pinet, Montana State University, Rédacteur en chef de la French Review, Linda Lehmil, Tulane University (LA), et, Typhaine Leservot, Wesleyan University (CT)

Les intervenants feront un bilan critique des causes profondes et des effets de la crise de l'automne 2005 dans les banlieues. Les intervenants et participants se poseront la question de la compatibilité entre un multiculturalisme à la française et l'idéologie républicaine.

S212: L'Art haïtien: de la malédiction de l'historique au merveilleux

Intervenant: Owen Georges Leroy, journaliste

Ancien critique d'art au journal Le Nouveau Monde et journaliste à Radio nationale d'Haïti, l'intervenant parlera de l'art de son pays. De cette Haïti qu'il a connu durant ... «ses folies et ses plus belles années». Il a vécu ces années comme témoin, participant et acteur durant «l'ouverture politique», «l'âge d'or», «la révolution culturelle haïtienne» des années soixante-dix.

S213: So What's the Big Idea?

Intervenante: Alice Cataldi, University of Delaware, Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Moyen Atlantique

This session proposes a new approach for exploiting a story by drawing a parallel between the elements of a film storyline and the principles of Backward Design. It aims at making concept learning attainable to all students. It provides the rationale and procedures for implementing this approach.

S214: Chez pas or Je ne sais pas: Training Students' Ears

Intervenante: Lorin Pritikin, Francis W. Parker School (IL)

An all‑too‑common practice of American French teachers is to insist on Standard Modern French as the model for spoken language. This session will introduce particpants to the practice of training students' ears for better comprehension of colloquial pronunciation. This is a session on authentic speech patterns, not slang.

S215: Créer du matériel pédagogique dans une perspective socioculturelle et «transprofessionnelle»

Intervenante: Marie‑Claude Beauchamp, McGill University (Canada)

Aucun manuel n'est parfait. Aussi les enseignants sont‑ils souvent appelés à concevoir du matériel didactique pour répondre aux besoins de leurs étudiants ou aux objectifs de leur programme d'enseignement. Mais comment créer un matériel adéquat et efficace? Comment allier création et gestion de classe, documents authentiques et objectifs pédagogiques? Voici quelques pistes de réflexion.

S216: Le Québec: berceau de notre patrimoine francophone

Intervenante: Margarita Levasseur, Plainfield South High School (IL)

Découvrez le Québec en images! L'intervenante présentera un clin d'oeil de la province du Québec afin de mieux préparer les professeurs à visiter, à étudier et à enseigner le Québec. Boursière du gouvernement québécois (2005), et «québécophile», l'intervenante partagera en français ses impressions.

E217: Rockin' and Hip Hoppin' in the French Classroom

Intervenante: Cindy Tracy, World of Reading, Ltd.

This is for teachers who want to have fun! Songs from popular styles of music-rap, club dance, rock-for grammatical and thematic structures in your French classroom. Get students singing, dancing, and inductively learning pronouns, conjugations, adjectives, etc. The presenter will share songs and ideas to use afterwards.

S218: Teaching Memory and History with the Picpus Digital Archive

Intervenantes: Janine Spencer, Margot Steinhart, Présidente de l'AATF, et Anne Landau, Northwestern University (IL)

This on-line resource for teachers of French language and history focuses on a Franco‑American site of memory where Lafayette is buried. Established under the Reign of Terror, the site also witnessed the fate of Jews under the German Occupation. The Archive offers a vast array of filmed interviews, original documents, and study guides.

E219: Moliere Than Thou

Intervenant: Timothy Mooney, Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre (IL)

Timothy Mooney presents Moliere Than Thou, a one‑man show exploring and celebrating the life of France's greatest playwright and the world's greatest comedian. Mooney has turned tens of thousands of students on to the work of Moliere with a portrayal that is as hilarious as it is educational.

S220: Total Immersion and the Bilingual Method

Intervenante: Jeannette Dickens‑Hale, Farmington Public Schools (MI)

Two methods of teaching the present indicative tense conjugation of French regular -er verbs are compared to determine the most effective method of instruction. Total French Immersion and Bilingual French English are the two methods used to conduct the research with students in a French immersion program.

C221: High School French Teachers Unite!

The annual meeting of the AATF Commission on High Schools welcomes all high school teachers. We will continue our discussion of the best means of locating outstanding high school programs in French throughout the country. We will finalize rubrics for program selection. In addition, we are looking for new ideas for this commission! So, if the outstanding program selection is not your cup of tea, please come and share what is most pressing to you.

Animatrice: Brenda Benzin, Buffalo State University, Présidente de la Commission

S222: Using Journals to Enhance Communication

Intervenante: Anne Jensen, Gunn High School (CA), Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Pacifique

Classroom journals are a valuable tool for teachers and students in the foreign language classroom. The presenter will show teachers how to use journals at all levels of French with specific activities and examples for each level. Samples of student journals will be shared.

E223: La France dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale: histoire et mémoires (Session d'exposant)

Intervenantes: Joanne S. Silver, Beach Lloyd Publishers, LLC, et Barbara P. Barnett, The Agnes Irwin School (PA)

Materials produced and/or distributed by Beach Lloyd Publishers, LLC, including new 2006 publications, testimonies from a Holocaust survivor, a Hidden Child, and a Resistance leader, as well as memoirs of a young Norman's ordeals throughout the War.

E224: From the Page to the Stage: Engaging Students in Power Negotiations through Ionesco's The Lesson

Intervenants: C. Henrik Borgstrom, Niagara University (NY), Francine H. Conley, the College of St. Catherine (MN), et Christian Flaugh, the University at Buffalo (NY)

The presenters will discuss and demonstrate the power of theatre as a learning tool in the foreign language and literature classroom of all levels. The focus will be on the concept of "acting games" as a means to engage students in a deconstructive understanding of dramatic texts. The session will include model assignments that lead students to an interpretive reading of drama, using excerpted scenes from Eugène Ionesco’s The Lesson. The presenters will share examples of past experiences with student-driven acting games as well as concrete ideas that may be tailored to your own classroom modules. Audience members may be asked to volunteer for some of the activities. The session will be conducted primarily in English with the acting games performed in French.

S225: Revisiting A Classic: Teaching French with Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête

Intervenantes: Samantha Godden-Chmielowicz, Carl Schurz High School (IL), et Nitya Viswanath, Roosevelt High School (IL)

The presenters will share new ways to teach language using Cocteau's film La Belle et la bête. They will offer strategies for high school French I, II, and III level courses. They will have handouts and other materials available for participants as well.

S226: Teaching French Language and Culture with Jokes, Puns, and Contrepèteries

Intervenant: Jean‑Pierre Berwald, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Délégué régional de l'AATF pour la Nouvelle Angleterre

Jokes, puns, contrepèteries, and word play in general can be a rich source of language for teaching vocabulary, culture, and grammar. This presentation introduces a variety of sources and shows how thay can be incorporated into a class lesson.

S227: Orientalism in French Film: The Semiotics of the 'Oriental' Other in Francophone Film

Intervenants: Laurence M. Porter, Michigan State University, Pamela Pears, Washington College (MD), Michael O'Riley, Colorado College, et Lam-Thao Nguyen, Michigan State University

A discussion of visual representations of the exotic Other in French films set in the Middle East and the Maghreb. Even sympathetic reactions to foreign cultures frequently reproduce "racial" and ethnic stereotypes, and the producers' marketing considerations often mandate the inclusion of flamboyant spectacle, unrestrained sexual behavior, and barbaric savagery (compare the current parody of such influences in the remake of King Kong).

S228: A Fourth P: Using a Painting to Teach the Cultures Standard

Intervenant: Brett Lipshutz, University of Wisconsin‑ Milwaukee

This presentation provides a method for using one painting, a "big C" cultural product, to explore historical and contemporary practices and perspectives. Participants will receive a standards‑based unit centered around Géricault's 1818 "Têtes de suppliciés" but easily applicable to other works of art.

E229: Teacher Tool Bag: Using Film to Teach and Motivate (Session d'exposant)

Intervenante: Judy Sugarman, FilmArobics, Inc.

Feature‑length film as an authentic cultural and linguistic document is an extremely powerful tool for learning language. Vocabulary, grammar, and culture are learned in context so students seamlessly absorb and produce language. Film study advances language learning in a way not achieved through traditional textbooks. The presenter will share proven activities.

S230: "Ma mère raconte...": Raoul Peck's Lumumba: La Mort du prophète

Intervenante: Karen Bouwer, University of San Francisco (CA)

The maternal voice introduces an important narrative strain in Peck's documentary which articulates his Haitian family's story with that of the Congolese hero. Foregrounding his mother's telling in this meditation on history and memory wrests Lumumba's story from the authoritative voices of experts to reclaim a different kind of remembering.

S233: Utiliser des comptines internationales pour enseigner le français aux enfants

Intervenante: Maria Kurt, French Institute of the North Shore (IL)

Ces comptines très populaires des pays du monde entier sont animées par des gestes qui les rendent parfaites pour les cours de français précoce (FLES) ainsi que pour les programmes d'immersion pour jeunes enfants. Les participants apprendront à maîtriser les comptines et verront une vidéo leur montrant tout l'intérêt de cette méthode.

S234: Artistic Escapism or Political Resistance? Marcel Carné's and Jacques Prévert's Les Visiteurs du soir

Intervenant: Robert Stanley, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Cinema is an important part of French and Francophone culture. One of the fascinating aspects thereof is the cinema produced in France between 1940 and 1944, the time of the Occupation. This presentation deals with Marcel Carné's cinematic masterpiece Les Visiteurs du soir (1942). Since most films produced during the Vichy years are or can be politcally suspect, the presenter will discuss whether this excellent film is "artistic escapism" or whether it shows political resistance.

S235: Sergio Kokis' Le maître de jeu: Examining a New Dimension of Spiritual Inquiry in Contemporary Quebec

Intervenant: Steven Daniell, Auburn University at Montgomery (AL)

For twenty years, Quebec's spiritual drift has been a popular theme, as portrayed in Arcand's films. Sergio Kokis's novel Le maître de jeu adds a new twist—Lucien, the deity personified. Whether Lucien is God or Satan remains vague, resulting in a theological Rorschach test for characters and readers alike.

S236: Heroic Images and Cultural Identity: A Study of Québécois Characters in Canadian Comic Books

Intervenant: Scott Sheridan, Illinois Wesleyan University

This presentation will examine the existence of Québécois characters within the Canadian comic book tradition to highlight the ways in which the Canadian market has, in the past few decades, attempted to present an all‑inclusive image of national identity with what is often a problematic inclusion of sidekicks from Quebec.

S238: Canadians in the Caribbean: D'Iberville's Conquest of Nevis

Intervenante: Virginia Donovan, Ohio State University

The island of Nevis was the final conquest of Pierre LeMoyne D'Iberville, Canada's first national hero and master military strategist. An examination of D'Iberville's report on the battle over this British‑held West Indies island provides a fascinating glimpse of the man and his plan from an authentic historical/cultural perspective.

S239: Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein: Gazing Once More at Her Psychic Maze

Intervenante: Mary Theis, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Analyzing the psychic labyrinth of Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein by Marguerite Duras, critics have pointed out the psychoanalytical function of recurrent triangles formed by Lol and others They have overlooked, however, one that is essential to the interpretation of the gazing "trialogue" among Lol, Hold, and Tatiana.

S240: Mehdi Charef from Novel to Cinema: Teaching the Politics of French Immigration

Intervenante: Subha Xavier, University of Wisconsin‑Madison

This presentation will discuss the work of immigrant novelist and filmmaker Mehdi Charef in light of France's political history with beur immigrants and ask how does one stay accountable to the politics involved in this literature and cinema when teaching Charef's works.

E241: Qui utilise le Test de français international et pourquoi?

Intervenante: Sylvie Bonin, ETS Canada

Le monde s'ouvre à nous et l'opportunité d'étudier à l'étranger est maintenant à la portée de tous les étudiants qui le désirent. Pour étudier en anglais, on demande le TOEFL, pour étudier en français on demande le Test de français international (TFI). Un aperçu du test, les institutions qui demandent un score TFI ainsi que les niveaux exigés par plusieurs programmes seront présentés. Des versions additionnelles du test TFI sont en conception par un groupe d'experts en français langue seconde (FLS). Jean‑Pierre Piriou, le pédagogue du groupe, donnera une perspective du travail accompli.

S242: D'Azouz Begag à Faïza Guène ou le social en crise

Intervenante: Danielle Raquidel, University of South Carolina Upstate, Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le sud-est

L'intervenante mettra en évidence les signes avant‑coureurs de la récente crise des banlieues qui a bouleversé la France tels qu'ils se présentaient déjà dans la littérature française. Elle abordera aussi le sujet des déficiences et des échecs d'un système qui se veut pourtant humanitaire.

S243: Reconsidering the French Cinema of the Nazi Occupation

Intervenante: Judith Holland Sarnecki, Lawrence University (WI)

In 2002 Bertrand Tavernier released Laissez‑passer, a film that reconsiders French cinema under Nazi Occupation. The presenter will give background on the movies created in France 1940‑1944 and then discuss the high points of Tavernier's film and why it did not succeed despite its historical and cultural importance.

W244: Flashforward: Putting Assessments in Focus First

Intervenants: Paul Sandrock, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Jaci Collins, Lincoln High School (WI), Jody Schneider, Woodlands School (WI), Anita Alkhas, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, et Lisa Myhre, Meyer Middle School (WI)

By putting assessments in focus up front, we stay true to the standards that are central to our teaching. Educators teaching French from kindergarten through the university level share their unit design process, moving backwards from assessment of students' interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational performance to daily lesson planning.

E245: France: quel tourisme pour les jeunes?

Intervenante: Valérie Lafourcade, Destination Jeunes

Aujourd'hui, la France est l'une des destinations privilégiées par les jeunes et les étudiants du monde entier. Amateurs de fêtes et noctambules avertis, fans de sport, passionnés d'art, baroudeurs ou simplement flâneurs... tous les jeunes touristes font de leur voyage en France une expérience unique et enrichissante. Petit problème : la France offre tant de possibilités des séjours et de thématiques pour les jeunes touristes que vous n'aurez que l'embarras du choix. Séjours linguistiques, excursions, vacances culturelles, actives et sportives, transport, hébergement... Maison de la France—Office du Tourisme Français—vous présente des suggestions de voyages en France et vous aide à organiser vos vacances.

E246: Gap or Interim Year: Growing Up, Gaining Fluency in French and Being More Ready for College

Intervenante: Marianne Rubin, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

Gap or Interim Year is the best way for recent high school graduates to gain independence, learn a language, and go on a voyage of self discovery. This concept is common in the United Kingdom and is growing and accepted by Ivy League universities and most other American universities. Hear how you can prepare your students for this exciting year of working and studying abroad before college.

S247: Paul Smaïl's Vivre me tue: The Generous Imposture of Beur Identity and Its (Post)National Publics

Intervenante: Rachel Ney, Northwestern University (IL)

This presentation will focus on the controversial novel by Paul Smaïl, Vivre me tue (1997). Six years later, Jack‑Alain Léger revealed that he was in fact Paul Smaïl, first presented as a new Beur writer of talent, and turning the best‑seller into a piece of imposture. The argument developed here is that Vivre me tue achieved through its imposture a plurality of readerships, each of which showing limits and bias and achieving in fact a generous imposture.

S248: Social Psychology and Jehan de Saintré: French and Raven's Bases of Social Power as a Critical Approach

Intervenante: Vicki DeVries, Michigan State University

The field of psychology has more to offer the critic than Freudian theory. French and Raven's research on the bases of social power can provide valuable insights when applied to literature. We will see examples from literature and film, then apply them to Antoine de la Sale's Jehan de Saintré.

S249: Impressionist Art: Teaching and Using Art in the Classroom

Intervenante: Julie Horowitz, Chatfield Senior High (CO)

Looking for ways to incorporate culture in your daily classroom instruction that will develop and broaden reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills? This session will provide a thematic unit on impressionist art and how to use art as a basis for teaching vocabulary and verb tenses. Learn how to teach students how to recreate an impressionist masterpiece with pastels and write a biography on a famous impressionist painter. Useful Web sites for ordering art materials will also be included.

S250: Marseille as an Alternative to Paris in the Classroom

Intervenant: Thomas Field, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Marseille is a particularly good choice as an alternative to Paris and the French mainstream when one teaches culture. Its very Mediterranean history and hybrid contemporary identity make it a rich source for cultural materials. The session will examine music, film (both French and Provençal), and the Marseille detective novel.

S251: Children From a Far Place: The Immigrant Experience in Your Classroom

Intervenante: Rikki Alrutz, Centre d'études du français et autres langues étrangères (CT)

Actively involving participants through examinations of films, literature, and music, the presenter will draw upon her work with immigrant populations in Paris and Cincinnati and will employ Bakhtin's concepts of alien, heteroglossia, and dialogism to provide teachers with tools to help students understand and appreciate the complicated social construct of the immigrant.

S252: Resisting the Allure of Sympathy in the Reading of Francophone African Women's Novels

Intervenante: Wandia Njoya, Pennsylvania State University

The assumption that African women writers contest privilege reinforces the stereotypes of African women and obliges readers to empathize with the female protagonists. How can one critique African women's literature without denying the uniqueness of African women's experiences or speaking of women as perpetually oppressed?

S253: Cinéma et marginalité: la campagne, la banlieue, la ville

Intervenant: Alan Singerman, Davidson College (NC)

Depuis vingt ans le cinéma français s'intéresse de plus en plus aux marginaux de divers types et des deux sexes. L'intervenant comparera l'image de la marginalité qui se dégage de trois films‑chocs: Sans toit ni loi (1985), La Haine (1995) et La Vie rêvée des anges (1998).

S255: Becoming Visible: Prestige, Identity Construction and Verlan Users

Intervenante: Natalie Lefkowitz, Central Washington University

To its speakers, verlan represents a covertly prestigious code, a metaphor of opposition, of talking back. As a symbolic vehicle of revolt, skillful verlan use (sounding "bad" by conventional standards) is, in fact, good. The presenter will summarize empirical research on verlan, its evolution, and how speakers acquire covert prestige and identity.

S256: Cinéma et histoire: la censure et la renaissance de La Bataille d'Alger

Intervenantes: Nathalie Dieu-Porter et Mary Beth Raycraft, Vanderbilt University (TN) Comment peut‑on explorer le rapport du cinéma et de l'histoire franco‑africaine dans un cours de conversation ou de civilisation? Les intervenantes montreront comment le film La Bataille d'Alger peut servir de base pour une étude des questions politiques concernant la situation en Algérie ainsi que et de la censure artistique.

S257: Ressources humaines: Conflict and Content in the Business French Classroom

Intervenante: Karen Sullivan, Queens College/City University of New York

Laurent Cantet's Ressources Humaines can be used in an intermediate-level Business French course to introduce vocabulary, review grammar, and initiate discussion of social and economic divisions in France. Excerpts from the film and assignments will be discussed. The presenter will provide handouts outlining a number of readily-implemented student activities.

S258: American Postcoloniality and Teaching French to Louisiana Undergraduates

Intervenante: Robin White, Nicholls State University (LA)

As educators we often forget our students' backgrounds. This presentation aims to bring awareness to French language professionals in order to help contextualize French study and to make the language and Francophone cultures and histories personally relevant to students.

S259: Common Errors in French Compositions: A Practical Approach

Intervenant: Andrzej Dziedzic, University of Wisconsin‑Oshkosh

Correcting and grading written assignments is probably one of the most difficult aspects of language teaching. The presenter will analyze various types of recurrent errors in French compositions and discuss different methods of addressing and avoiding them. Handouts and transparencies with examples of compositions will be used. Audience participation will be encouraged.

S260: The French Past Tenses in Dynamic Images

Intervenante: Helene Ossipov, Arizona State Unviversity

The French past tenses pose many problems for Anglophone learners. One way of making the distinction clear is using dynamic rather than static images. The presenter will explore ways of using movie trailers and ads to teach the passé composé/imparfait distiction. Preliminary results of a study will be presented.

E261: Reading Below the Plot Line for AP and Beyond

Intervenante: Myrna Rochester, Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company

One of the most difficult transitions the foreign language learner must make is to move from the process of acquiring a language via a skill‑based curriculum to reading literature in the target foreign language. The aim of this session is to show how the reading and discussion of literature leads to the strengthening of all four language skills in a natural context as well as how to encourage students to make the leap into literature.

S262: Celebrating French...Outside the Classroom

Intervenant: William Thompson, The University of Memphis (TN), Vice-Président de l'AATF

The presenter will describe two highly successful annual events featuring and celebrating student achievements in French: a foreign language fair for high school students and a local awards ceremony highlighting student accomplishments. The intent is to provide attendees with ideas about how they, too, could organize such events.

S263: Teaching Literary Analysis Through Film

Intervenante: Janette K. Bayles, Elmhurst College (IL)

Drawing on concrete examples, the presenter will demonstrate the utility of a narratological approach to studying French literary works and their film adaptations. This approach provides upper‑level high school and college students with the critical tools for analyzing and comparing elements such as style, tone, point of view, and narration across literature and film.

S265: The Next Layer of Diversity: Including Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the French Classroom

Intervenant: Steven Benoit, Solebury School (PA)

Participants will explore how to make the French classroom more inclusive and welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students at the level of classroom procedures, policies, and curriculum. We will discuss GLBT inclusion in vocabulary, music, film, history, literature, and current events.

S266: Perspectives on Teaching the Dardenne Brothers' La Promesse

Intervenante: Joan M. West, University of Idaho

The Dardenne brothers' La Promesse (1966) offers a provocative film for classroom use. Although its themes (family, class, work, immigration, and racism) and its distinctively non‑Hollywood style of cinematography challenge them, students find this movie very accessible. The approach will be towards cinema as culture rather than as language‑teaching tool.

S267: Dansons! Using Dance to Improve Oral Proficiency and Cultural Knowledge

Intervenante: Gay Rawson, Concordia College (MN)

This presentation will explore dance as a means of improving oral proficiency and cultural knowledge. It is also a way to get students involved and excited about French! Attendees of this session will learn dances to folk tunes, popular songs in clubs, and dances taught at Concordia Language Villages. Dansons!

S268: Authentic French Grammar: a Middle‑ground Between Book French and Street French

Intervenante: Anne Violin‑Wigent, Michigan State University

The language taught to students often seems disconnected from the reality of spoken French, which creates serious comprehension problems when students go abroad. The presenter will examine some of the characteristics of authentic spoken French and discuss how they can be included in the foreign language classroom.

S269: Meet the Editors

Intervenants: Christopher Pinet, Montana State University, Rédacteur en chef de la French Review, Jane Black Goepper, Rédactrice du National Bulletin (OH), Sharon Shelly, College of Wooster (OH), Rédactrice gérante de la French Review Review, et Jayne Abrate, Southern Illinois University, Secrétaire génerale de l'AATF

The AATF publications are designed to meet the needs of AATF members at all levels. The French Review, a renowned professional journal, publishes scholarly articles on literature, linguistics, pedagogy, and culture. New rubrics such as "In Your Corner: Focus on the Classroom" were created to meet the changing needs of teachers in the classroom. "La Vie des mots" continues to be a popular column which is complemented by the "Mots chassés" exercises in the National Bulletin. The National Bulletin is able to publish more time‑sensitive information, including announcements of study opportunities, grants, contests, and other programs of interest to our members. The AATF Web site maintains the permanent archives of the association and seeks to offer French teachers timely and useful Internet‑based content.

S310: Murder in Renoir's Cinema

Intervenante: Katie Golsan, University of the Pacific (CA)

Jean Renoir's films of the 1930s feature murder as a spectacle which encompasses far more than the perpetrator and the victim. Oddly, murders are always framed by group festivities, such as dances, dinner parties, and street singers. What is the social and aesthetic importance of collective involvement in crime?

S311: Les Honneurs perdus: la déchéance de la femme dans les écrits de Calixthe Beyala

Intervenante: Ena Vulor, Marietta College (OH)

L'intervenante considérera la femme africaine dans les écrits de Calixthe Beyala, romancière camerounaise, et française d'adoption. Ses romans mettent en scène la question de la femme dans tous ses états: femme, fille, mère, grand‑mère; elle règne suprême dans un royaume constitué de dépouilles. Cette présentation constituera une étude de cet univers et son impact socio‑politique sur l'écriture, l'amour, la femme et la sexualité.

S312: Les Personnages de Mariama Bâ: l'échantillon d'une population en transition

Intervenant: Arnaud Perret, University of North Texas

À travers une étude des personnages des oeuvres de Mariama Bâ, on peut découvrir comment ils représentent de manière symbolique un tableau de la population sénégalaise. Les aspirations et les revendications de différents groupes de la société semblent ainsi apparaître et présentent les impasses dans lesquelles les femmes sont cloisonnées.

S313: Maria Chapdelaine in Literature and Film: Changing Views of Québécois Society

Intervenante: Debbie Mann, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Focusing on the 1916 novel Maria Chapdelaine and the film adaptations by Duvivier and Carle, the presentation will explore how this story of early twentieth‑century Quebec reflects the socio‑cultural contexts in which it was written or adapted for the screen and the vision of the directors responsible for its cinematographic recreation.

S314: Teaching French II On-line to High School Students Though Colorado On-line Learning

Intervenante: Dianne Bey, Utah State University

The presenter has just taught French on-line to high school students while completing a Masters in Distance Education. She has created modules of instruction based on an audience of teachers. New jargon would be introduced surrounding on-line learning.

S315: Is On-line Chatting the Key to Developing Camaraderie in Language Classrooms

Intervenantes: Stephanie Roulon et Geraldine Blattner, Pennsylanvia State University

The presenters will explore the extent to which computer-mediated communication (CMC) is transforming the communicative potential of the traditional classroom. This study suggests that L2 production was facilitated by this medium and also had an impact on the actual classroom, promoting a positive atmosphere that did not exist previously.

S316: Le Train comme symbole des promesses de la colonisation dans Monnè, outrages et défis d'Ahmadou Kourouma

Intervenant: Samuel Zadi, Wheaton College (IL)

Le roi Soba dont le territoire est conquis par l'armée coloniale apprend qu'il recevra un train. Il attend désormais son train dont l'arrivée symbolisera l'entrée dans le monde moderne. Ce train promis mais qui n'arrivera jamais symbolise‑t‑il les espoirs déçus placés en la colonisation?

S318: A Better Way to Remember the 17 French Verbs that Take être for the passé composé

Intervenant: Howard Jay Rosenthal, Wagoner (Oklahoma) High School

Through acronyms and logical associations, high school and college French students can easily remember which 17 French verbs utilize être to form the passé composé. A French teacher or student at the intermediate level or higher will be able to grasp this method quickly and utilize it immediately.

S319: An Undergraduate Certificate in Translation Studies

Intervenante: Lynn Penrod, University of Alberta (Canada)

This presentation will focus on the University of Alberta's Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies' undergraduate Certificate in Translation Studies. It will provide an overview of the program, tracing its history and objectives, and explain its fit within not only an undergraduate major or minor in French but within any major from the B.A. curriculum. Sample materials will be available.

S317: French National Identity in les Quatre Cents Coups and l'Auberge espagnole

Intervenant: Scott Lyngaas, Beloit College (WI)

Many parallels exist between Cédric Klapisch's 2002 film l'Auberge espagnole and François Truffaut's classic 1959 film Les Quatre Cents Coups. The presenter will demonstrate how l'Auberge espagnole can be seen as a 21st century version of Les Quatre Cents Coups and analyze how both films reflect French national identity.

S320: Teaching with Truffaut

Intervenante: Laura Dennis‑Bay, University of the Cumberlands (KY)

This presentation explores ways of teaching using some films by François Truffaut, a long‑time staple of French classrooms. Ideas to be explored include the study of French cinema itself, the use of film to spark target‑language conversations, and observing French cultural practices and behaviors through the medium of film.

C322: Aspects sociaux de la France à l'écran

Cette session portera sur différents aspects sociaux et leur représentation à l'écran, notamment les marginaux présents surtout dans les banlieues et les spécificités et problèmes du système éducatif. Les extraits choisis proviendront de films de long métrage ainsi que de téléfilms. Des documents pertinents seront distribués aux participants.

Les banlieusards et le cinéma français: représentation filmique des marginaux en France

Intervenante: Rosalie Vermette, Indiana University‑Purdue University at Indianapolis

Cette communication propose une étude de la représentation à l'écran des marginaux de la société française pendant les deux dernières décennies. Son objectif est de déterminer si un dépouillement des films récents n'aurait pas pu présager pour les Français les troubles qui ont sévi dans les banlieues à l'automne 2005.

L'École à l'écran: représentation du système éducatif français dans les films

Intervenante: Marie‑Christine Koop, University of North Texas, Présidente élue de l'AATF, Présidente de la Commission

Une analyse d'extraits de films portant sur le système éducatif à plusieurs époques et à différents niveaux (primaire et secondaire) permettra d'identifier les spécificités de l'école, qu'il s'agisse des questions d'actualité ou des problèmes sociaux qui sévissent aujourd'hui dans les banlieues. Les participants recevront des documents sur la question.

S323: Au delà: le Huitième Jour et la Huitième Planète

Intervenante: Margaret Schmidt Dess, Shorewood High School (WI)

Why do you teach Le Petit Prince? What do you want your students to take away from the experience of reading this work? The presenter will provide a thematic, standards‑based instructional unit which includes Le Ballon Rouge, Le Petit Prince, and Le Huitième Jour, complete with performance assessments and a new twist on a familiar story.

W324: Québec: «Je me souviens» à travers le conte québécois, la chanson québécoise, le cinéma québécois ainsi que sa belle histoire

Intervenantes: Margarita Levasseur, Plainfield South High School (IL), Regina Doyle‑Sternlicht, Danvers High School (MA), et Tami Wietfeldt, AATF (WA)

Bien le bonjour du Québec! Grâce à une bourse AATF pour le stage de perfectionnement de l'enseignement de français à l'Universite Laval (2005), offert par le Ministere des Relations internationales du Québec, les intervenantes parleront non pas d'un stage merveileux, enrichissant, et amusant, mais de ce qu'elles y one appris! Elles offriront le «plus beau sourire de la plus belle province» à travers des leçons de communication orale et un approfondissement de la culture riche qui existe en Francophonie en Amérique du nord.

C325: Linguafolio USA: Pilot Experiences with European Language Portfolios at American Colleges and Universities

Intervenants: Patricia Cummins, Virginia Commonwealth University, Présidente de la Commission de l'AATF sur les Universités, Kristin Hoyt, Kennesaw State University (GA), Tonia Tinsley, Missouri State University, Jean-Marc Mangiante, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris, et Céline Davesne, Groupe ESC Rouen (France)

LinguaFolio is a student portfolio consisting of (1) a biography of a student’s background in various languages and cultures, (2) a passport with both student self assessments in 5 areas of language learning as well as formal teacher assessments, (3) a dossier of student work of all kinds. Known in Europe as the European Language Portfolio, it has been adapted to state SOLs and to college student outcomes assessment of the major and of general education. In Europe it is becoming more common in schools, universities, and international language tests including those of the Paris Chamber of Commerce. This session reports on pilot experiences and implications on French language assessment in colleges and universities.

S326: What Can One Person Do? Your Best Chance of Saving a French Program

Intervenants: TennesseeBob Peckham, University of Tennessee at Martin, Vice-Président de l'AATF, Brenda Benzin, Buffalo State University, Présidente de la Commission de l'AATF sur les Lycées, Margot Steinhart, Northwestern University (IL), Présidente de l'AATF, et David Graham, Clinton Community College (NY), Délégué régional de l'AATF pour l'état de New York

A survival course to show French teachers with advocacy needs how to spot relevant information about their own schools and districts, how to use AATF state advocacy fact packs, how to recruit an army of powerful allies, and how to wage effective political battles to save their programs.

S328: L'Utilisation de l'art pour enseigner le français

Intervenante: Abbe Guillet, C. W. Baker High School (NY)

Avec des exemples de trois siècles d'art français, en particulier l'impressionnisme, ceux qui assistent à cette présentation participeront à une variété d'activités conçues pour améliorer la compétence linguistique des étudiants ainsi que pour développer leur appréciation pour l'art.

S329: Up Close and Personal: A Visit to the Cannes Film Festival

Intervenante: Denise McCracken, Saint Charles Community College (MO), Présidente de la Commission de l'AATF sur les Community Colleges

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend the most famous film festival in the world? As part of sabbatical activities, the presenter attended the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006. This session will include an overview of the history and organization of the Festival, and a PowerPoint presentation will provide a close-up view of the activities surrounding the Festival events. Various suggestions for including French language cinema in the classroom will be offered.

S330: Give Your Students the Opportunity to Earn an Official French Diploma with the New DELF/DALF Examinations

Intervenante: Marilyn J. Conwell, Rosemont College (PA)

The DELF and DALF French diplomas will be reintroduced in the U.S. next year. The best students from high school through graduate school can earn these important documents awarded by the French Ministry of Education, validating their excellence in using the French language. Come and learn how. Handouts provided.

S331: Making Connections with the Community

Intervenants: E. Nicole Meyer, University of Wisconsin‑Green Bay, et Kevin Soucie, Kevin Soucie Associates (WI)

How can we work together to keep French enrollments high, reach out to parents and the community while motivating students to learn? Professor Meyer and chansonnier Soucie will share what they have learned and accomplished. Come join this fascinating and entertaining session combining practical educational strategies with French songs.

S332: Comment peut‑on être marocain? critique d'art et identité nationale au Maroc

Intervenante: Mary B. Vogl, Colorado State University

à travers des exemples concrets, l'intervenante montrera comment l'art contemporain et des textes critiques peignent un portrait varié du Maroc actuel. Les participants recevront un CD avec des illustrations et une bibliographie annotée. Ils partiront avec une meilleure appréciation de la diversité de la culture marocaine.

S333: Regards croisés France/États‑Unis: différences culturelles

Intervenants: Marie‑Christine Koop, University of North Texas, Présidente de la Commission de l'AATF sur la Compétence culturelle, Présidente élue de l'AATF, Ann Williams, Metropolitan State College of Denver (CO), Alan Singerman, Davidson College (NC), et Florence Zamsky, Dominican University (IL)

Français(es) et Américain(e)s, les intervenant(e)s partageront leur expérience sous forme de discussion afin d'identifier les différences culturelles qui existent aujourd'hui entre les deux pays, aussi bien dans les valeurs que dans les comportements. Différents thèmes seront abordés--famille, couple, éducation, vie professionnelle, couverture sociale. La participation du public sera encouragée.

S335: Discovering the Diversity of the Francophone World Through Music

Intervenantes: Jennifer Watland, University of Wisconsin ‑ Madison, et Molly Krueger Enz, Augsburg College

The focus in French language textbooks remains predominantly on l'Hexagone. The presenters will show instructors how to access the diversity of the Francophone world through music. They will play songs by a variety of artists, model activities for beginning- and intermediate-level students, and provide sample lessons plans.

S336: Using PowerPoint to Introduce Francophone Culture in the French Classroom

Intervenantes: Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson et Domenica Newell‑Amato, Emory University (GA)

The presenters will share results of a qualitative study that investigated beginner French students' responses on the use of PowerPoint. Secondly, they will demonstrate how PowerPoint can be used to integrate Francophone culture, grammar, and vocabulary in the French classroom. "How to" forms on PowerPoint and PACE will be distributed.

S338: France Remembered and Revisited

Intervenante: Alice Strange, Southeast Missouri State University

This session will survey visual changes in France as seen through slides taken over a period of four decades, beginning in 1965. The presentation aims to evoke the vast distance which French culture has traveled in the past forty years, as documented by one observer.

S339: Wallonie‑Wisconsin: la belle histoire d'une amitié transatlantique

Intervenante: Colette Henriette, McDaniel College (MD)

Dans le Door County au nord de l'état du Wisconsin les villes s'appellent Brussels, Namur ou Rosières. C'est là que se sont installés au siècle dernier des émigrés originaires du sud de la Belgique. Ils ont conservé leur langue intacte même si au cours des décennies les contacts ont été perdus avec la famille du «vî pais» jusqu'au jour où...

S340: Ressources humaines: regard sur le problème de la flexibilité dans la société francaise

Intervenante: Véronique Olivier, Chapman University (CA)

La société française est souvent considérée comme rigide dans de nombreux domaines. Dans le film Ressources Humaines, Cantet dresse le portrait d'un jeune diplômé de grande école qui fait l'expérience de cette rigidité française, d'une part, dans les relations professionnelles, dans le monde du travail; d'autre part, au sein de son propre milieu familial. Le film pose donc des questions essentielles sur une société qui peine à changer, et il constitue un outil important dans un cours de culture française contemporaine.

S341: Turning College Students into French Teachers through Service Learning

Intervenante: Kelly Sax, Indiana University

This session describes a service learning project linking intermediate college French students and grade schoolers. Using children's books in French which they wrote and illustrated, French students expose children to foreign language early on while gaining valuable a "real life" experience. Copies of the project, children's book assignment, and sample books provided.

S342: Computer‑Mediated Communication with the Author: Interplay of Reader‑Writer Identity

Intervenante: Janel Pettes‑Guikema, Grand Valley State University (MI)

The presenter will examine learners' developing self‑concepts as readers and explore their impressions of the author. Since the learners had the unique opportunity to engage in asynchronous online discussion with the author, the study also highlights the nature of reader‑writer communication and the interplay of identity.

S347: What Does French Have to Do with My Life?

Intervenante: Jane Rauschenberg, Logan‑Hocking Middle School (OH)

In rural America, many students do not see what French has to do with them. See and hear how one teacher has attempted to have students discover on their own time how much French really can and does apply to "real life," even in rural Ohio.

S348: Hand Imagery in Hébert and Apollinaire: An Approach to Teaching Their Poetry in an AP or University‑Level French Literature Class

Intervenante: Dianne Sears, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The presentation will offer a comparison of hand imagery in Hébert and Apollinaire, with reference to body imagery in Du Bellay, Labé, and Baudelaire. Focusing on hand imagery gives students a way to establish formal and thematic connections among the works on the Advanced Placement reading list, enhancing their experience and appreciation of poetry.

S349: The Representation of Work in Contemporary French Cinema

Intervenante: Colette Levin, PA

This presentation, based on a close analysis of several films by Laurent Cantet, Christian Carion, Eleonore Faucher and other noted filmmakers, will explore the representation of the world of work in French cinema and will yield a new understanding of the place accorded to work in contemporary French society.

S350: Use of the film, La Grande Séduction, to introduce Québécois culture and history

Intervenante: Tami Wietfeldt, Bellevue School District (WA)

This session will help participants learn to use film to bring culture into the classroom. La Grande Séduction is used as a model for development of a cultural unit based on Québécois culture and history. Participants will leave with this complete unit and ideas for application to other films.

S351: La Belgique, l'autre pays du français

Intervenante: Carole Bergin, Harvard University (MA)

Les chanteurs et écrivains belges, l'histoire et l'art de la Belgique offrent d'excellents outils pour diverses activités dirigées vers l'enseignement de la langue française. Les chansons de Brel, les histoires policières de Simenon, Tintin et d'autres bandes dessinées et même les fameuses blagues belges peuvent être utilisés à différents niveaux pour travailler la communication sous diverses formes.

S352: If at First You Don't Succeed: (Tried and True) Strategies for Teaching Remakes

Intervenant: Jim Mileham, University of Wisconsin‑Milwaukee

When teachers use a French film to portray French culture, it is often useful to select a film that has an American remake, because it can help highlight what is specifically French in the original. This presentation will explore when, why, and how to use remakes in the French classroom.

S353: La Représentation des femmes dans les films francophones: le cas de Rachida

Intervenante: Dinah Assouline Stillman, University of Oklahoma

Depuis quelques années, des femmes cinéastes nord africaines veulent témoigner de leur condition dans leurs pays, et, à l'instar de réalisatrices françaises plus anciennes dans le métier, réussissent à produire des oeuvres fortes et de qualité. C'est le cas de Yamina Bachir‑Chouikh et de son film Rachida (2002).

W354: Swing la Bacaisse: la chanson pour faire bouger votre classe

Intervenants: David Graham, Clinton Community College (NY), Délégué régional de l'AATF pour l'état de New York, et Madeline Turan, Sachem High School North (NY)

Are your students bored? Are enrollments declining? La chanson québécoise will make your class come alive. We offer a wide variety of songs from everyday life and le temps des fêtes. Suggestions for in class activities and extra‑curricular promotion will be offered. The presentation will conclude with a boîte à chansons session.

S356: Thinking Moroccan Postcolonial Society through Cinema: Presenting the Film Ali Zaoua as a Case Study

Intervenante: Safoi Babana‑Hampton, Michigan State University

This presentation will take a look at the movie Ali Zaoua (2001), directed by Nabil Ayouch, and winner of many international prizes. The presentation will focus on situating the film culturally, discussing its significance as an artistic production and the way it offers a view of Moroccan postcolonial society from within.

C357: French Berets to the Rescue! A Plan of Attack for Mentors, Mentees, and Colleagues Working Together Throughout the Francophone World

Animatrices: Suzanne Hendrickson, Arizona State University, Présidente de la Commission de l'AATF sur l'Articulation, et JoEllen Sandburg (FL)

Feeling alone? Running out of ideas? Desiring to share expertise with a colleague? The AATF Tête-à-Tête mentoring program is for you! Program coordinators will discuss the procedures of this initiative, colleagues currently working together will talk about their experiences, and you will learn how to become involved.

S359: A Comparison of Attitudes Toward Pronunciation of Learners, Teachers of French, and Native French Speakers

Intervenantes: Anne Theobald et Isabelle Drewelow, University of Wisconsin ‑ Madison

The study investigated the beliefs about the importance of accurate pronunciation in French. Is the reputation of native French speakers' irritation with foreign speakers' errors in pronunciation a myth? The results of this study suggest otherwise, implying that students should not be evaluated on the native‑likeness of their pronunciation.

S361: Using the Internet to Enhance Intercultural Competence and Overall Language Proficiency

Intervenante: Mary Kathryn Malone, Girls Preparatory School (TN)

Maximal exposure to authentic language means increased linguistic proficiency and intercultural competence for second language learners. This session will illustrate adapting several French‑language Web sites (such as,, and and other like resources to all levels of language classroom and designing activities that target language skill development and critical cultural consideration.

S362: Knock, ou Le Triomphe de la médecine

Intervenant: John Tomme, Waubonsee Community College (IL)

Never subtitled or released in the U.S., this 1950 film adaptation of Jules Romains' 1923 play, a biting satire on the medical profession, stars the incomparable Louis Jouvet in a role he performed over 1400 times on stage. The work is a perfect example of unanism, a literary doctrine Romains founded.

S363: National Board Certification: Am I Ready?

Intervenante: Lisa Myhre, School District of River Falls/University of Wisconsin‑River Falls

Is National Board Certification for you? What is it? What is involved? What are the benefits to you? to your classroom? The presenter will show how National Board Certification can be the most rewarding professional development process you'll ever go through.

S366: Une Place pour le théâtre dans le cursus universitaire

Intervenantes: Florence Dwyer, Northern Kentucky University, et Laurence Denié‑Higney, UCLA

Cette présentation offrira aux participants les outils et stratégies pour intégrer le théâtre dans la classe ou se lancer dans la création d'un cours de théâtre. Dans une première partie, les intervenantes proposeront des informations, activités et références. Dans la seconde partie, les participants seront invités à faire l'expérience d'un atelier théâtre.

S368: Théâtre‑Lecture publique: de Beauvoir à beau voile

Intervenant: Alek Baylee Toumi, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

«Mets le hidjab et deviens Simone de Beau‑voile»! Après avoir été enlevée par les terroristes du GIA dans la pièce Madah‑Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir revient ici discuter avec ses «voileuses» sur l'école, la laïcité, le hidjab et la lutte des femmes, dans une atmosphère tragi‑comique où la réalité dépasse souvent l'absurde.

C369: Stuck in the Middle: How Community Colleges Bridge the Gap Between High Schools and Transfer Institutions

Animatrice: Denise McCracken, Saint Charles Community College (MO), Présidente de la Commission

Community Colleges must serve the needs of their local high school dual enrollment students and graduates as well as prepare these students to meet language requirements at their future transfer institutions. In addition, the community college is dependant on these very schools to maintain a viable language program. This Open Meeting of the Commission on Community Colleges will present various strategies for articulating with both high schools and four‑year colleges and will invite the audience to share successful experiences in meeting these diverse challenges.

S371: Surfing French Cinema in the Classroom

Intervenante: Clara Orban, DePaul University (IL)

Students' taste in cinematic entertainment tends towards very popular films. A film such as Brice de Nice may hold their attention, helping them perfect their aural skils and introducing them to the culture of their French peers. This film's Web site provides a wealth of links, both visual and auditory, so the instructor can project realia into the classroom. The presenter will discuss why a film such as Brice de Nice can be useful for teaching. Participants will receive advice on how to use the Web site in class and tips on decoding the film's jargon.

S373: Gender and the Transition to Nationhood: outremer/autre mère

Intervenante: Kathleen Smith, Kalamazoo College (MI)

This presentation will examine three French films set in former colonies of France, Outremer by Brigitte Roüan, Indochine by Régis Waignier (1992), and L'Amant by Jean-Jacques Annaud (1993). The identities of the former colonizer and the former colonized must be viewed as mutually "defined" by the existence of the imperial relationship.

S376: How Do Learners of French Comprehend Written, Aural, and Aural/Visual Texts?

Intervenants: James Davis et Linda Jones, University of Arkansas

Multimedia provides input in print, digitized sound, and video. Français Interactif integrates such components into instruction. Few studies have focused upon the differing processing strategies these components require. The present research reports on students' attempts to comprehend texts in these formats.

S379: The Advanced French Composition Course: A Pragmatic Approach

Intervenant: Laurence M. Porter, Michigan State University

A contrastive cultural approach based on pragmatics (the use of language to inform, train, and persuade) helps students retain target languages by focusing on purposes those languages share with their own. Linguistic features should be taught according to how often they occur and how they modify a message.

S410: Study Abroad on the BlackBoard

Intervenante: Helene Ossipov, Arizona State University

More and more universities are making use of course management software. This is an ideal tool for managing a study abroad program and for helping to build community before the students go on the program. The presenter will demonstrate the use of BlackBoard for a summer study abroad program in Quebec.

S411: Exploring the Pedagogical Use of Address Pronouns: Preservice Teachers Making the Case for or Against the Plural tu

Intervenant: François Tochon, University of Wisconsin‑Madison

Franco‑Canadian preservice teachers use the pronoun tu with indefinite reference and plural uses in L1 classroom discourse. Its analysis reveals genuine interactional and pedagogical goals whose pragmatic triggers can be verbalized. Videoclips, observations, and reflections of preservice teachers who became aware of this genuine pedagogical use will be discussed.

S412: Teaching How to Write Well: Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

Intervenante: E. Nicole Meyer, University of Wisconsin‑Green Bay

How can we better teach students how to write well? See how the creating process of a course book as the central project of a French conversation and composition course improves the students' ability to express themselves orally and in writing in French. Course design, materials, assessment discussed.

S413: Vues sur le monde Francophone à travers la chanson moderne

Intervenante: Lucie Viakinnou‑Brinson, Emory University (GA)

This presentation will demonstrate how teachers can provide an overview of the Francophone world through contemporary music. The repertoire of songs aimed at engaging students is chosen from French speaking Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and France.

S414: The French Caribbean as an Echo Chamber

Intervenante: Domenica Newell‑Amato, Emory University (GA) The question of the individual and of the collective is central to Caribbean literature. Playing with this question in Traversée de la Mangrove, Maryse Condé creates an echo chamber. An image of the Caribbean is reflected in the (hi)story of a deceased man, fragmented further still by multiple narratives.

S415: Scored Discussion: An Oral Assessment Tool

Intervenante: Greta Murray, Medford Area School District (WI)

Scored discussion is a tool used to assess student oral proficiency. Participants will practice the procedure after a brief introduction. Materials include a two‑page handout describing how to run a scored discussion along with an evaluation form.

S416: L'Afrique en guerre dans la littérature africaine contemporaine.

Intervenante: Angelina Overvold, Virginia Commonwealth University

Cette communication portera sur les oeuvres récentes d'Emmanuel Dongala et d'Ahmadou Kourouma ainsi que celles des écrivains qui ont écrit sur le génocide de 1994 au Rwanda dans le cadre du projet «écrire par devoir de mémoire». En particulier, l'intervenante examinera le recours à un enfant protagoniste dans ces oeuvres pour témoigner de la violence qui parcourt de si nombreuses régions de l'Afrique contemporaine.

S417: Literary and Cinematic Representations of Deportation: Re‑Colonizing the Postcolony

Intervenante: Mary McCullough, Samford University (AL)

This presentation will seek to examine how to teach about the double peine, or deportation of convicted offenders in Beur narratives (including récits and films from the 1980s, the 1990s, and 2001). In these works, deportation can be seen as an allegorical form of power for re‑colonization of former colonies.

S420: Instruire ou ne pas instruire: la question de Monsieur Klein

Intervenant: Simon Sibelman, University of Wisconsin‑Oshkosh

Un chef d'oeuvre du cinéma‑mode rétro, Monsieur Klein reste un film énigmatique dont la complexité thématique et historique le rend difficile à déchiffrer et encore plus problématique à enseigner. L'intervenant essaiera de fournir une analyse assez globale du film et d'offrir des stratégies pédagogiques pour l'intégrer dans l'enseignement dans des cours de français.

S421: Live Your Song! As an Early Foreign Language Learning

Intervenante: Muriel Vergnaud, FLE Teacher and Professional Musician (NY)

To all educators, parents, and lovers of French language who wish to discover an exciting and enjoyable approach towards teaching that would help any children learn French quickly and easily, Muriel presents her work combining music, arts, and language as an early foreign language learning.

S422: C.R.A.Z.Y.: The 1960s through the Eyes of a Québécois Family

Intervenant: Kenneth Gordon, Central Missouri State University

One of the most poignant films of recent times is Jean‑Marc Vallée's C.R.A.Z.Y., an acronym for the first names of five brothers who experience all the joys, sorrows, and tensions of growing up in the 1960s. This presentation will situate the film in its historical and cultural contexts and offer an analysis of the film.

W423: AP French Language

Intervenante: Éliane Kurbegov, Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School (FL)/College Board Consultant

Cet atelier permettra aux participants d'examiner et de discuter des échantillons de performances écrites et orales. Les échantillons seront accompagnés des critères d'évaluation et basés sur l'examen AP Langue 2006. Les participants auront également l'occasion de poser des questions et d'échanger des idées.

S424: French‑U.S. Relations and l'interculturel

Intervenante: Randa Duvick, Valparaiso University, Déléguée de l'AATF pour le Centre est (IN)

While French‑U.S. conflicts have been à la une recently, the intercultural tension between these countries and their people is not new. This presentation will draw on sociological and anthropological sources to examine how French and American cultures differ, how misunderstandings come about, and how intercultural analysis can help minimize these conflicts.

S425: Deux niveaux à la fois? Teaching Two Levels at the Same Time

Intervenante: Jo Anne Anita Bratkovich, Joliet West High School (IL)

Many teachers of French share a common problem--two levels are scheduled in a single class period! This session is designed to gather together teachers who have encountered this problem to discuss the issue and share solutions that work. Participants should come ready to discuss their situations and share their successes.

S426: De la crise de l'éducation nationale aux écoles qui brûlent

Intervenante: Marie‑Christine Massé, Drew University (NJ)

Le débat sur l'éducation nationale en France s'est récemment intensifié et exprimé dans des films à grand succès, de nouvelles réformes éducatives souvent contestées et s'est tout dernièrement manifesté pendant les émeutes de banlieue. Quelques exemples tirés de films (La Haine, les Choristes) serviront de support à la présentation.

W427: Le Cinéma pour écouter, parler, jouer, écrire et s'instruire: mille et une activités pour la classe de français

Intervenante: Colette Henriette, McDaniel College (MD)

Le cinéma est un outil incontournable pour enseigner la langue. Dans la première partie de cet atelier l'animatrice présentera une méthode pour exploiter les possibilités inépuisables de ce médium. Des échantillons d'activités seront proposés pour Rue Cases nègres, Amélie, Indochine et Les Compères. Dans une deuxième partie, les participants s'essayeront à créer des activités utiles qu'ils pourront utiliser immédiatement.

S430: Authentic Children's Literature in the K‑12 French Classroom

Intervenante: Elizabeth Zwanziger Page, University of Northern Iowa

The presenter will share interactive classroom activities for K‑12 learners using authentic children's literature in French to introduce, reinforce, or enhance vocabulary, culture, or grammar lessons. Attendees will leave with literature‑based strategies for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture applicable to other pieces of children's literature.

S431: Melody + Movement ' Memory

Intervenante: Deborah Blaz, Angola High School (IN)

Learn how to use familiar tunes and movement to help students put those difficult grammar concepts into long term memory. Audience will practice both techniques and brainstorming procedure.

S432: Using the Foreign Language Newspaper to Teach the 5 C's

Intervenant: Alvaro Rodriguez, LOTE Supervisor Houston Independent School District (TX)

Ten different activities will be demontrated using a French newspaper covering the 5 C's of LOTE instruction.

S434: Engaging Students and Enriching the Curriculum with Reading Units

Intervenante: Sarah Dodson‑Knight, Colorado State University

The presenter will describe how to design a reading unit that sweeps students up into another culture and provides them with copious opportunities to practice other language skills. She will also share ideas for activating background knowledge, developing vocabulary strategies, assessing comprehension, using Reading Circles, and creating text‑based group projects.

S435: Reflections of Cultural Identity Seen Through the Cinematic Lens in the French Class

Intervenante: Janet Livingstone, Highland School (VA)

The foreign language classroom provides unique opportunities to deepen students' understanding of cultural identity. Culture is reflected in all areas of one's behavior. Film creatively transports students to another's culture. The presenter will outline the insighful perspectives of high school students and the potential steps with younger students.

S436: The Foreign Language Methods Course: Issues and Challenges

Intervenantes: Alice K. Cataldi, University of Delaware, Déléguée régionale de l'AATF pour le Moyen Atlantique, Sharon Shelly, College of Wooster (OH), Rédactrice gérante de la French Review, et Jacqueline Thomas, Texas A & M University-Kingsville, Déléguée régionale pour le Sud-ouest

The presenters will consider various models of the foreign language methods course, specifically for prospective teachers seeking certification at the (pre-) K through 12 level. What are the essential components of a successful methods course? How can we best prepare future teachers for the challenges that await them?  

Created: Created: March 26, 2006
Last update: November 16, 2013