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AATF Professional Development Zoom Webinars
Preliminary Program

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To consult the full program, including previous webinars: 2020_Webinar_Program.

Videos will be posted when they are available.

Webinar #10 Tuesday, July 14
11 a.m.-1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. to noon CST/9-11 a.m. MST/8-10 a.m. PST
La Francophonie

  • Title: Authentic Senegalese Resources to Explore Food Traditions and Ideals of Beauty, Art, and Music 

Presenter #1: Katy Wheelock, Arlington Public Schools (VA), AATF Regional Representative for the Mid-Atlantic

Looking to add more Francophonie in your French classes? This interactive workshop in English and French will explore practices, products, and perspectives in Senegal with a focus on ideals of beauty, art, and music, and traditions of food. This experiential learning experience will include cultural activities as well as learning new vocabulary and concepts central to Senegal with over 100 authentic resources. Participants will leave with materials ready to use for la rentrée.

  • Title: Enseigner les nouvelles régions françaises

Presenter #2: Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, Chestnut Hill College (PA), AATF Past-President

Connaissez-vous la nouvelle face de la carte de France ? Sinon, venez voir. Vous apprendrez les nouvelles régions, et leur signification pour la culture et l’économie du pays. En plus, vous découvrirez plusieurs activités pour vos étudiants, telles que des lectures, des projets, et des bandes animées. En plus, vous pourrez examiner l’effet de l’immigration sur la France et le monde francophone et son rapport avec les régions.

  • Title: Littératures engagées: #MeToo au Québec et aux Amériques

Presenter #3: Jeremy Patterson, Bob Jones University (SC)

Le mouvement #MeToo ou #BalanceTonPorc a touché partout aux Amériques. Connu surtout dans les médias et aux réseaux sociaux, il y a d’importantes publications qui montrent le visage littéraire du mouvement. Du Québec aux Antilles, des écrivaines montrent la participation francophone au mouvement. L’intervenant présentera des ouvrages clés ainsi que des méthodes pour les incorporer dans le cours.


Webinar #12 Wednesday, July 15
11 a.m.-1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. to noon CST/9-11 a.m. MST/8-10 a.m. PST
Interpersonal Communication & Survol sur le Québec

  • Title: Using Authentic Texts as a Springboard for Interpersonal Communication

    Presenter #1: Lisa Shepard

    Whether in addition to a textbook or as its replacement, many French teachers are adapting their practice to incorporate more authentic texts in their courses. These resources not only introduce students to the language and cultural products, practices and perspectives of the Francophone world, but can also provide the basis for meaningful classroom discourse. Participants in this session will be introduced to dozens of activities that will encourage students to use the content and language from infographics, articles, videos and songs to engage in meaningful conversations with their classmates.

  • Title: Survol sur le Québec

    Presenter #2: Marie-Josée Duquette, Délégation du Québec à Boston

    L’intervenante, qui est Attachée à la culture et aux Affaires francophones et éducatives, présentera un survol sur le Québec ainsi que les programmes et opportunités qui sont offerts aux professeurs de français par le gouvernement du Québec par les délégations à travers les Etats-Unis.   Elle parlera aussi des services offerts par la Délégation du Québec à Boston.


Webinar #11 Thursday, July 16
4-6 p.m. EST/3-5 p.m. CST/2-3 p.m. MST/1-2 p.m. PST
Closing Webinar – Interculturality

  • Title: La Poésie du Québec et l’interculturel

Speaker #1: Anne Jensen, San Jose State University (CA), AATF President

L’intervenante explorera la poésie du Québec, et nous essaierons de trouver comment on peut créer des liens interculturels avec cette poésie.

  • Title: Aborder les questions raciales dans nos cours

Speaker #2: Angèle Kingué, Bucknell University (PA), AATF Honorary Member

The killing of numerous black men at the hands of police—in particular, the recent public lynching of George Flyod—is the culmination of years of violence and brutality that policing and the criminal justice system have waged against black bodies. Witnessing a deliberate and callous taking of life sparked a wave of shock across the United States and around the world. A coalition of young black, brown, and white men and women have taken to the streets to protest, even in the face of a deadly virus. They are demanding massive changes to dismantle structural racism. As we return to our classes in the fall—whether in person or virtually—we will have to address what has happened over the past 3 months. Ignoring it, glossing over it, or avoiding uncomfortable topics are not real options if we consider ourselves true educators. It is our responsibility to inform and prepare ourselves, and to help the next generation engage in such important and timely issues as justice and equality. As confederate statues and banners, that have long reminded black people of their painful past, are beginning to topple, we have to ask ourselves: as teachers, how do we bring these conversations into our classrooms. How do we have constructive conversations about race and racism, and even make them central to our teaching? What materials can we use, and what strategies are effective?

The Haitian writer, Dany Laferrière, member of the Académie française has written a powerful essay entitled “Le racisme est un virus” that offers us a useful entrée into the discussion about the pernicious, destructive, and omnipresent nature of racism. The essay challenges us to consider what is possible for the future of humanity if we are willing to put half the resources we put toward the eradication of covid-19 into the eradication of this pandemic of racism–a man-made virus that is killing us all.

  • Title: Engagement and Interculturality in Our Classrooms

Presenter #3: Tracy Rucker, Louisville Collegiate School (KY), Teacher Representative to the Société Honoraire de Français

We will explore practical strategies to engage learners and proven techniques that increase language acquisition. The presenter will cover motivational student-centered activities that can be used for multiple levels. He will share practical techniques that emphasize ACTFL’s Core Practices, Community, and Comprehensible Input. The presenter will also share ideas on how he uses a combination of audio-visual materials and written texts to emphasize intersectional connections for novice, intermediate, and advanced students.

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Last update: 9 juillet 2020

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