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ARIZONA CHAPTER

  • held a workshop on French heritage communities in the U.S. Over thirty high-school and college teachers participated. The workshop started with an introduction by Professor Dean Louder, a geographer from Laval University and specialist in the Francophone diaspora in North America. He spoke of his travels throughout the U.S. and Canada with his students, visiting “lieux de mémoires,” areas with Franco-American ties. We then watched the film, Un Rêve américain, thanks to the sponsorship of the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques. Then, Dr. Louder followed up, filling in gaps in the film. It was fascinating, allowing us to learn about a little-known aspect of U.S. history. We hope that this will become an annual event.

CONNECTICUT CHAPTER

  • built a calendar of activities to attract and support French teachers and is working on outreach efforts to invite every French teacher in the state to receive our e-mail messages and join the AATF. Since just the beginning of last school year, more than 200 French teachers have agreed to join the mailing list.
  • welcomed French teachers for the “Rentrée Gathering” and hosted dozens of teachers at a reception and “Tech Tool Atelier” at The Hopkins School. Presenters shared the latest apps, tech tools, and Web-based activities.
  • continued outreach to French teachers at the COLT World Language Teacher Conference with a booth to promote chapter activities. Chapter President Jon Shee gave a workshop on how to promote French locally and become more involved in AATF activities. Jon also introduced the AATF Exemplary French Program Award to attendees.
  • to celebrate National French Week, organized an interactive performance of Molière Than Thou by Tim Mooney for 800 French students and teachers.
  • sponsored second annual “Teachers’ Tip Swap” at a local restaurant. Over 40 teachers enjoyed a Friday-night idea-sharing and social rendezvous despite the snow. They also heard a presentation from Les Amis de l’Hermione. Hermione was the ship that “reunited Lafayette and Washington and sealed our freedom.”  A replica of the ship has been built and visited U.S. ports in the summer 2015.
  • unfortunately, had to cancel a sold-out “Cooking Atelier and Meet-and-Greet” with French chef Jacques Pépin due to M. Pépin’s unexpected illness. However, many still contributed to the newly-created “AATF-CT Jacques Pépin French Culinary Fellowship” to fund French language studies for a culinary student at Gateway Community College. This year’s recipient is Keeley Colville, who was granted $750 to study French and was recognized at the Chapter Prize Ceremony.
  • signed up over 3000 students to take the Grand Concours. Winners were honored at a Prize Ceremony and Reception. Amber Berry, National French Contest Administrator, organized this important recognition of French teachers and students.
  • offered a $1000 prize to a Connecticut senior demonstrating excellence in French. A formal application and face-to-face interview were required, and the winner this year was Parker Robbins of the Norwich Free Academy. This was also presented at our Prize Ceremony.
  • organized the Réunion printanière where members enjoyed an “atelier pédago-ludique” where they learned ways to do games in class. They also gave a tearful merci to Ruth Koizim for her 25 years of service as our trésorière. Afterwards, Evan Downey was elected Chapter Treasurer and Honore Radshaw was reelected as Chapter Secretary.
  • welcomed Elena Perito as an intern. She has already updated our list of French teachers in the state.
  • expanded and updated the chapter Web site [www.aatfct.org] which has attracted thousands more visitors this year and has links to information and teacher resources from the year’s activities.
    St. Luke’s School of New Canaan was awarded AATF Exemplary Program with Distinction, and the Hopkins School of New Haven was awarded Exemplary Program with Honors at the AATF convention in Saguenay! Bravo to both these fabulous schools!

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS CHAPTER

  • welcomed Amy Coombs as National French Contest Administrator. More than 5000 students participated, and everything from registration to the distribution des prix went smoothly. The chapter sincerely thanks outgoing Administrator Janet Wohlers for her more than 20 years of dedicated service.
  • welcomed Andréa Javel, Boston College, to the Executive Board and elected the following officers for 2015 at the annual meeting held at the MaFLA Conference: President Brian Thompson, Vice-President Carole LaPointe, Secretary Johann Sadock, and Treasurer Joyce Beckwith. The Executive Board meets four times a year to plan activities and funding for professional development programs which we cosponsor with MaFLA. These programs include a weekend Summer Immersion, a Saturday Immersion “Diversity Day,” and the French strand at the MaFLA Fall Conference. At this year’s Diversity Day, two Executive Board members, Andréa Javel and Carole LaPointe, presented a three-hour workshop, “Un Voyage aux Antilles francophones.” Other presenters were Louissa Abdelghany, Providence College, “La Littérature Maghrébine engagée,” and Judy Jeon-Chapman, Worcester State University, “Les Sites sacrés du Puy-en-Velay.” For this year’s Summer Immersion, two other board members and former AATF Leadership Fellows, presented sessions: Kathy Turner, ”Faites parler et écrire vos élèves,” and Beckie Rankin, “Travailler les films en classe–c’est améliorer les compétences.” Janel Lafond-Paquin gave a session on interactive actvities and a three-hour workshop at the Fall Conference on “Activités engageantes à la québeçoise.” Our invited guest speaker for our annual meeting at MaFLA will be Jon Shee, Connecticut AATF Chapter President, who will discuss “Advocacy, Action and Chapter Activities.” Members of the Western Massachusetts/Vermont Chapter are invited to attend this meeting.
  • created a new scholarship for a chapter member called “French Educator of the Year.” Applications were due September 1, and the recipient will receive $750 to be used to attend an AATF national convention or for travel to a Francophone country. The recipient will also receive a three-year AATF membership The winner will be announced at the Business Luncheon at the MaFLA Fall Conference along with the winners of two other grants, both offered by chapter members. AATF Past-President Rebecca Valette, in collaboration with the Alliance française of Boston, funded four $500 grants for middle school teachers, and Mel Yoken gave a $500 scholarship to an outstanding senior who will be continuing French in college. The chapter is planning a special AATF table at the luncheon to celebrate all of the recipients!
  • scheduled a cooking demonstration, followed by a reception and dinner at the Elephant Walk, a French-Cambodian fusion restaurant in Cambridge. Chef/Owner Gérard Lopez, originally from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, has graciously accepted to present some of his specialties. The chapter will also use this evening as a recruiting event.
  • congratulates Janel Lafond-Paquin on her election to the Board of Directors of the American Society for the French Academic Palms (ASFAP) and Nancy Aykanian whose students at Westwood High School were introduced to and photographed with French President François Hollande while on an exchange trip to Rochefort in April to celebrate the launching of the French frigate Hermione which arrived in Boston on July 11.
  • regrets the departure of Consul général Monsieur Fabien Fieschi who welcomed many members to his home for receptions and cultural programs during his three years in Boston. Thank you also to Magali Boutiot, Educational and Linguistic Assistant, for organizing a meeting of officers of New England AATF Chapters at the Consulate, followed by dinner, for the purpose of exchanging ideas, beginning new collaborations, and working on an AATF New England Regional Conference in the future

NEW HAMPSHIRE CHAPTER

  • met for the annual meeting and sponsored a professional development session at the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers Conference. They were joined by Laurence Gagnon, Délégation du Québec à Boston. The meeting included introductions of officers, members, and visitors and announcements about future events and recruitment for the Grand Concours. Participants discussed the likely cancellation of the French major at Keene State College. This discouraging news served as a segue for a session on “Comment promouvoir nos programmes de français” by chapter officers Edee Takantjas, Katharine Harrington, Michelle Cotnoir, and Leslie Anton.
  • collaborated with the Délégation du Québec and the Centre Franco-américain to celebrate La Fête de la Francophonie. The day began with a flag-raising and proclamation at the New Hampshire State House by Governor Maggie Hassan (who confessed to having studied in France many years ago!). Governor Hassan was joined by Aaron Annable, Acting Consul General of Canada, and by Marie-Claude Francoeur, Déléguée du Québec. Following the ceremony, there was a reception celebrating French culture, and in the evening, the chapter sponsored a screening of the film Un Rêve américain, followed by a lively discussion with filmmaker Claude Godbout.
  • co-organized a “Café français” with the Consulat de France and the Centre Franco-américain at St. Anselm’s College. Playwrights Grégoire Chabot and Jean-Claude Redonnet performed their new play Jeanne et Osithée. The reading was followed by a discussion of the pedagogical uses of their material and a reception.
  • this year 1379 students from across the state participated in the Grand Concours.

NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER

  • ont accueilli de nombreuses présentations au Foreign Language Association of North Carolina Conference (FLANC), including Michèle Bissière: “Tendances du cinéma français contemporain;” Cathy Pons: “Le Français en Caroline du nord: les Vaudois de Valdese;” Sylvia Simard-Newman: “Teaching the Socratic Method Using Authentic Resources from Francophone Cultures.” Reem Hakeem, Caroline Schutte, et Daniel Stublen (récipiendaires de la Bourse Couch) nous ont parlé de leur expérience, “Un Semestre en France.” Leslie Bradshaw et Jeffrey Pageau y ont également présenté “Les Liens qui unissent: le français à travers le programme scolaire” et “You, too, Can Organize an Immersion Weekend with your Students.”
  • Franca Gilbert, Franklin Academy High School et Chapter Advocacy and Promotion of French Co-Coordinator, avait été nommée “Professeur de l’année 2013” par l’organisation FLANC. Elle a été reconnue lors de la conférence. Notre chapitre a augmenté nos efforts de promotion en contribuant à la tombola l’inscription à l’AATF pour trois participants qui n’étaient pas encore membres de notre organisation.
  • Un peu plus nombreux que l’année précédente, tous les participants à la réunion du printemps ont bénéficié des idées présentées par Chris Alexander (Associate Dean for International Programs and McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program à Davidson College), “Preparing Students for the Next Generation in Global Education.” Ensuite les professeurs de français ont entendu deux présentations: Sophie Adamson (Elon University) “Charlie Hebdo et ses caricaturistes: héritiers d’une longue tradition française,” et Homer Sutton (Davidson College) “Le Suicide français et Soumission: deux textes provocateurs”. Il y a eu en plus une séance administrative du chapitre ainsi qu’une réunion du Comité exécutif. Nous avons également eu le grand plaisir de pouvoir contribuer une somme de $21 500 aux frais d’études en France de cinq étudiants en 2015-2016 par moyen de la Bourse Couch.
  • Franca Gilbert et Jeffrey Pageau ont de nouveau organisé un weekend d’immersion au Short Journey Retreat Center à Smithfield. Bon nombre d’élèves et leurs profs ont apprécié ce weekend consacré aux activités uniquement en français. Le weekend comportait une grande variété d’activités linguistiques et culturelles.
  • Au congrès de Saguenay, Sylvia Simard-Newman, The Cannon School, a été reconnue récipiendaire de l’Exemplary French Program Award. Carole Kruger (Vice-Présidente du chapitre) et Michèle Bissière nous ont représentés à l’Assemblée des délégués.
  • De nombreuses sessions en français sont au programme du congrès FLANC en octobre, dont les suivantes attribuées à l’AATF: “Read (and Write) All About It!” Laura Parker, Burns High School; “Teaching Tolerance: Demystifying France,” Jeff Pageau, Roanoke Rapids High School; “Coffee, Cafés, and Culture in Early Modern Paris,” Nancy McElveen, University of North Carolina-Greenville; and “Creating Your Own Audio Materials Using SoundCloud,” Leslie Bradshaw and Stuart Annand, Enka High School.
  • Consulter notre nouveau site Web: [http://ncfrenchteachers.weebly.com/ ] et notre page Facebook (North Carolina Chapter of American Association of Teachers of French).

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER

  • organized a dictée for students
  • welcomed guest speaker Olivier Lebleu
  • enrolled thousands of students in the Grand Concours
  • sponsored the Journée de printemps (all-day conference) with special guest Barry Ancelet

RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER

  • welcomed the Université d’été, sponsored by the Ambassade de France à Washington, le Consulat de France à Boston, and the French Department at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Forty-three participants immersed themselves in French by attending classes taught by experts from the U.S. and France.
  • developed an updated list of all teachers of French in Rhode Island with the assistance of an intern at URI.
  • released the first of four annual issues of Le Bulletin in September. Le Bulletin contains important information concerning upcoming chapter and national events and best practice tips for the classroom. The monthly board meeting centered on the fall conference and the concert in November.
  • sponsored a table at the annual RIFLA Conference, and quite a few chapter members presented sessions.
  • held a Francophone concert at East Greenwich High School. Over 500 students came to hear Silimbo D’Adeane, a West African Dance Drum Company. The students really enjoyed listening and dancing to the music of Senegal.
  • in January completed the University Project, a chapter Web page dedicated to post-secondary studies in French All RI colleges and universities with programs in French are listed, thus providing a valuable resource page for secondary teachers of French.
  • enrolled over 1000 students, representing 30 programs, in the Grand Concours! The chapter board established a new prize structure for state prizes and thanks Contest Administrator Cathy Pastore for her efforts, and of course, all of the teachers and students who participated.
  • collaborated with other Francophone groups to celebrate la Semaine de la Langue française et de la Francophonie at the Cérémonie de la Levée du drapeau de la Francophonie à la State Room du Capitole à Providence. Partners included l’Alliance française de Providence, the Museum of Work and Culture, the French-American School of Rhode Island, le Consulat Général de France à Boston, and the Délégation du Québec.
  • celebrated students’ success in the Grand Concours at ia Cérémonie de Remise des Prix pour les Élèves de Français du Rhode Island at East Greenwich High School. The chapter, along with its partners, awarded prizes to 400 students.
  • met at RIFLA’s annual May dinner to discuss a Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) initiative to establish a teacher resource file on the RIDE Web site.
  • offered help to districts facing cuts in French programs and to districts that are considering adding French to middle schools. As school systems in the state move toward dual-immersion programs, the chapter will advocate for French as a viable option.

SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

  • sponsored an atelier: “Best Practices on How to Organize a French Week Event at School” with the Alliance française de San Diego. There were presentations on how to organize events for the Semaine de la Francophonie. A breakfast was served.
  • held regular a French Conversation & Coffee Meeting.
  • Attended several ateliers pédagogiques at the University of Southern California.
  • created a Facebook page (AATF-San-Diego) and Web site [ www.aatfsandiego.org ].
  • worked to recruit former members to rejoin the AATF and the chapter.
  • organized a concert with the collaboration of the Maison de France and the French American School of La Jolla.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER

  • attended a cocktail at the residence of the French Consul
  • awarded 2 bourses of $200 for the Santa Barbara French Workshop
  • sponsored a yearly pedagogical workshop on AP and IB programs
    participated and judged the yearly French Poetry Contest at Calstate LA.
  • organized two yearly contests: (1) Yves Magloe Video Contest: students create a video in French, centered around a French idea, and (2) Sandy Jacquard Contest for teachers who create a lesson of their choice, then, present it and share his/her knowledge with other teachers.
  • held a ceremony for the winners of the Grand Concours. This year, more than 800 student received a medal.
  • maintain a blog on which we post all new information and recap our activities [http://aatfsocal.blogspot.com/ ] and Facebook page.
  • sends bi-monthly e-mails with the latest news about the AATF.
  • launched a new contest in association with the COLCOA which involves a student’s critique of an upcomimg movie.
  • gave a bourse of $200 to a teacher going to the AATF convention in Saguenay.

UTAH CHAPTER

  • organized an event, sharing activities and cultural ideas.
  • sponsored a Mardi Gras lesson sharing and club planning meeting.
  • held an event, pastries and game play at the public library.
  • advertised opportunities for teachers and students, including the Sundance Film Festival, Vive La France- three-day summer immersion program at Ogden High School, and summer institutes through BYU and other universities.

 

Reproduced from September 2015 AATF National Bulletin 
Created: September 1, 2012
Last Update: October 25, 2015