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Massachusetts Foreign Language Association 2015 Fall Conference, October 29-31, Sturbridge, MA.

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Friday, October 30
 

10:00am EDT

Promoting French Through Films
The Co-Editor of Volume 1 Allons au Cinema: Promoting French through Films published by AATF in 2014, will preview the 15 francophone films soon to be published in Volume 2 in an interactive session. Participants will discover how to incorporate these films into thematic units on global challenges, such as alienation and prejudice, family structure and values and gastronomy. Activities, resources, web quests, projects, socio-historical contexts and performance assessments will all be presented. In French.

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Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
Sturbridge

1:00pm EDT

Reading Paintings, Reading Poems: Strategies to Build Proficiency in the French Classroom.
Visual art is one of the best ways to capture students' attention and get them to express their opinions. This session will focus on the use of art and poetry in the language classroom. It will show through specific examples how paintings can be used as a tool to teach poetry, develop linguistic competence and explore cultural and historical contexts. Participants will be provided with activities they can use in their own classroom. In French.

Speakers
LA

Louissa Abdelghany

Louissa Taha Abdelghany, Ph.D., holds a Licence de Litérature Française from the Lebanese University in Lebanon, her country of origin. She earned a Masters and Ph.D. from Boston College, where she specialized in 19th-Century French Literature. Along with Alf Layla wa Layla and... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
Sturbridge

2:30pm EDT

Cartoons, Comics and Satire as Prompts for Conversations
In this session, the presenters will use realia to start conversations about contemporary French culture using grammar and vocabulary in context. The examples will focus on French cartoons, comics and satire to analyze thematic social and cultural issues. The presenters will show activities and games where students will work on their language proficiency while learning about specific issues, making analyses and comparisons with the society in which they live. In French.

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Sturbridge

4:30pm EDT

Study Abroad: Choose France!
This session will explain the key points of the higher education system in France. It describes the advantages of studying there and how U.S. high school students can register to be enrolled full-time at a French university. In French.

Speakers
EM

Emmanuelle Marchand

Cultural attaché, Consulate general of France in Boston


Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm EDT
Sturbridge

4:30pm EDT

Songs, Games and Activities for the French FLES Classroom
In the FLES classroom, engaging young students and motivating them to communicate in French is facilitated by incorporating music and games in the lessons and by establishing entertaining traditions to reinforce what has been presented.  Music is an excellent teaching tool as it enhances memory in a special way, and gestures help students associate French words with meaning.  Songs will be presented, so participants should come prepared to sing. TPR (Total Physical Response) effectively helps students associate actions with words.  Participants will learn and engage in a number of TPR activities and games. Participants in this session are encouraged to bring their own favorite French FLES songs and activities to share. In French.

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avatar for Judith Jeon-Chapman

Judith Jeon-Chapman

Full Professor, Worcester State University
Although I have been teaching French at the university level since 1981, I taught French FLES classes for 12 years to K-5 students in Seattle and in Worcester. I will be sharing some of my favorite activities, including many songs and games. My presentation will be interactive... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm EDT
Southbridge
 
Saturday, October 31
 

8:30am EDT

Language and Identity: le français au Québec
Explore the unique aspects of the French language as it is spoken in Québec. Participants will engage in activities to understand the differences between standard French, le français québécois and le joual. The presenters will explore poems and songs that reveal the importance of language to Québécois identity. Participants will learn how to present this central aspect of Québécois culture to students in their French classes. italicize le français québécois and le joual (foreign words) Can we ask presenter to present in French?

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Blood

Elizabeth Blood

Professor, Salem State University
Elizabeth Blood, Ph.D., is Professor of French in the World Languages and Cultures Department at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Connecticut College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Romance Literatures from Boston College... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am EDT
Sturbridge

10:00am EDT

Alliance Française of Boston Award for Middle School Teachers of French
The Alliance Française of Boston is sponsoring an annual award for middle school teachers of French to support projects that will help promote their language programs. Three 2015 winners will present the results of their projects. Suggestions will be welcomed for ways in which the award can be improved.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
Sturbridge

10:00am EDT

Winning AP Tools and Techniques for Both French and Spanish
In this session, participants will gather a trove of easy-to-implement tips and tricks that will help their AP French or Spanish students tackle AP tasks with confidence. The presenter will share French and Spanish rubrics, resources, and other materials digitally with all participants through Dropbox. This session is intended for both current and future AP teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Shee

Jon Shee

World Language Department Chair, St. Luke's School, New Canaan, CT
Jon Shee is the Chair of the Upper School World Languages Department and a French teacher at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT, where he is in his 23rd year of service.  Prior to that, Jon worked for four years in a boarding school environment at Wilbraham and Monson Academy... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
Brimfield

11:30am EDT

AATF Presents: Advocacy, Activities and Action
The presenter, President of the AATF Chapter in Connecticut, will offer an interactive, multi-media presentation on advocacy resources and strategies, exciting cultural and academic activities for students, building an "Exemplary French Program" in your district and creating community connections to promote French via public relations efforts. All French teachers are encouraged to atttend. A ne pas manquer! In French.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT
Sturbridge