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2023 AATF Convention Livestreamed Sessions

Join us this summer for an exciting program of professional development, cultural and pedagogical exchanges, and French-themed enrichment.  Updated on May 30, 2023.

Unable to attend the AATF convention in Trois-Rivières this summer? Attend virtually or view these sessions at your leisure! Access to these sessions is available by purchasing AATF Virtual Convention Registration in our store HERE and you can purchase either a 1-day registration for $70 or 2-day registration for $130.

Please note that the only livestreamed sessions are the ones on this schedule. Times listed are Eastern Time.



Jour: lundi 24 juillet matin
Heure: 8h30-9h45

S205: Engager les apprenants en utilisant un cycle interculturel

Intervenante: Valerie Sun, Glendale Unified School District (CA)

Le temps et la possibilité de réfléchir jouent un rôle important dans l’apprentissage de langue afin que les élèves comprennent la culture de la langue et son rôle dans le monde. Cette séance présentera un cycle d’apprentissage basé sur le modèle de compétence en communication interculturelle de Byram. Les participants exploreront et analyseront des leçons qui utilisent ce cycle.

Public: immersion général

Jour: lundi 24 juillet matin
Heure: 10h15-11h15

S215: Découvrir et intégrer Joséphine Bacon, poète innue et voix autochtone, dans la classe de français

Intervenante: Catherine Daniélou, University of Alabama at Birmingham et Présidente honoraire de l’AATF

Cette présentation porte sur la poésie de Joséphine Bacon et la manière dont elle aborde sa propre identité, son imaginaire, l’identité du peuple innu, sa relation aux territoires ancestraux et à l’environnement, et son rapport à l’histoire du Canada, au travers de ses textes. Le but de cette présentation est de présenter des ressources, des outils utilisables et des idées à explorer dans la classe de français pour aborder Joséphine Bacon et découvrir les cultures autochtones au Québec.

Public: secondaire universitaire


Jour: lundi 24 juillet matin
Heure: 11h30-12h30

S225: From LE RÉVEIL to LE CARREFOUR: Including Francophone Voices from Maine in your Language and Culture Classes

Intervenantes: Nathalie Gorey, Mt. Ararat High School (ME) et Chelsea Ray, University of Maine at Augusta

In our presentation, we will discuss the films LE RÉVEIL: WAKING UP FRENCH (2003) and LE CARREFOUR (2021). Both films highlight the realities of French speakers in Maine, both from the existing Franco-American and newly arrived African immigrant communities. In some ways, these two films are in conversation with each other. We will discuss these films in the context of social justice and consider how to include these powerful stories in your classes. Presentation in French and English.

Public: général


Jour: lundi 24 juillet après-midi
Heure: 13h30-14h30

S235: Histoires de femmes : amplifions les voix féminines avec la bande dessinée

Intervenante: Jessica Miller, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Les bandes dessinées se prêtent bien à l’enseignement du français au niveau intermédiaire. En effet, elles permettent d’exposer nos élèves à des idées complexes grâce à un langage littéraire concis et des supports visuels facilitant la compréhension. Aujourd’hui, il existe plusieurs BD retraçant la vie de femmes remarquables. Cette présentation propose des idées pour en intégrer des extraits à nos cours de français et amplifier la voix de ces figures féminines francophones.

Public: général

Jour: lundi 24 juillet après-midi
Heure: 15h15-16h15

S246: Ethical Discussions for Social Justice in French Studies

Intervenantes: Katharine MacCornack et Ariel Sykes, Kent Place School (NJ)

Our presentation will look at environmental and other global challenges in the Francophone world through an ethical lens. Using our school’s ethical decision-making method to guide discussion and individual work, participants will learn how to consider issues from multiple perspectives and value-standpoints. We will use case studies including Québec, Madagascar, et Côte d’Ivoire. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to apply different frameworks to make ethical decisions in each case study.

Public: secondaire universitaire





Jour: mardi 25 juillet matin
Heure: 8h15-9h30

Table Ronde

S305: Through Their Words: Social Justice in the French Language Classroom

Intervenantes: Charlee Bezilla, George Washington University (Washington, DC), Madeline Muravchik, University of Maryland – College Park, et Elizabeth Robinson, University of Maryland, College Park

Teaching Social and Environmental Justice Through the Bande Dessinée : The graphic novel Tropiques Toxiques (2020) by Jessica Oublié investigates the origins and ongoing impacts of the chlordecone pesticide scandal in Guadeloupe and Martinique through a first-person narrative. Through activities focused on analyzing the interplay between text and image, along with historical context, this work can be used in intermediate or advanced classrooms to help students make connections between environmental and social justice issues faced by cultural groups across national boundaries.

Teaching New French Identities with Ahmed Madani’s Play Incandescences: Ahmed Madani’s play Incandescences is entirely based on the lives of its young cast. None have previous professional acting experience, all have parents or grandparents who experienced exile, and most were raised in neighborhoods considered défavorisé. Its portrait of what it means to be French today – incorporating a variety of languages, ethnicities, sexual identities, and values – juxtaposed with timeless coming of age struggles, serves as rich inspiration for the classroom.

You Don’t Say: teaching Michele Lalonde’s Speak White: Michele Lalonde’s poem, “Speak White” is a poem that addresses the oppression felt by French-Canadian Quebeckers by English speaking North America and encourages French speakers in the greater worldwide Francophonie to come together. Recorded at the 1970 “Nuit de la poésie,” Lalonde’s poem jumped off the page and moved into the spoken word, thereby allowing students to read and hear the poem in Lalonde’s voice. Exercises regarding the poem can be modified for any level learner of French, from the beginner to the PhD student.

Public: général

Jour: mardi 25 juillet matin
Heure: 10h00-11h00

S315: La Francophonie des Amériques: A Decolonial Approach

Intervenante: Joëlle Vitiello et Sophie Kerman, Macalester College (MN)

In Spring 2022, we developed a high-school-college collaboration to teach a course on French/Francophone heritage in North America and the Caribbean with a focus on traditionally silenced or marginalized communities (such as First Nations Peoples, the Haitian Diaspora, and African migrants). Come find out how we conceived the course and what we learned through this experience, and share ideas about how to decolonize the classroom


Jour: mardi 25 juillet matin
Heure: 11h15-12h15

S325: 90%: Maximize your use of French with CI strategies

Intervenante: Heidi Edel, New Fairfield High School (CT)

Are you struggling with staying in French  90% of class time? In this session, teachers will participate in an activity to help them think about proficiency targets and learn how principles of language acquisition and the use of comprehensible input can help them maintain the use of  target language in the classroom.

Public: primaire collège secondaire



Jour: mardi 25 juillet après-midi
Heure: 13h15-14h15

S335: Women of a Certain Age: Writing the Past, Present and Future of the Quiet Revolution

Intervenante: Jean Marie Walls, Union University (TN)

This presentation focuses on key women writers who produced, critiqued and taught the canon of Quebec literature that emerged as a result of the Quiet Revolution. Authors such as Yolande Villemaire, Francine Noël, France Théoret and Elise Turcotte have continued to write and publish since their early work in the 1970’s and 80’s and evolve in their positions, styles and perspectives over the past decades. Their most recent works announce a new round of questions and reflections on the roles and places of women as writers, critics, teachers, mothers, aunts and grandmothers.

Public: secondaire universitaire


Jour: mardi 25 juillet après-midi
Heure: 14h30-15h30

S345: Activate your notebook: Interactive digital notebooks for increased engagement

Intervenante: Kylene Butler, North Allegheny High School (PA)

Post-pandemic students struggle with information retention, organization, and general note-taking skills. What can we do to help? Meet digital interactive notebooks! This session provides simple ways for you to create and incorporate DINs using familiar tools that you can update throughout the school year and change on the fly. Sample notebooks on topics like art, the subjunctive, and general organizational notebooks will be provided for attendees to take and use in their classrooms.

Public: collège secondaire universitaire




Created: April 25, 2023
Last update: May 30, 2023


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