The 25th Beaujolais Wine and Food Festival will celebrate the much anticipated release of the 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau Wine. The Festival has been organized in Houston on the third week of November for over twenty-five years. It has grown from a gathering of Beaujolais lovers to an exclusive, festive event promoting French wine, food, and luxury goods. This year, our guests will enjoy various Beaujolais Nouveau, Villages and Crus wines. Password a high energy live band will provide entertainment while our fabulous silent auction will again feature everything from travel opportunities to exquisite gift items.
We are the Houston Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF-Houston). The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) was founded in 1927 and is the largest national association of French teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members. Our members are French teachers at all levels and include approximately 3/4 secondary teachers and 1/4 post-secondary. We also have a growing number of French teachers in immersion settings and in the elementary grades. As a professional association, we seek to address the concerns of our members which include: promoting the study of languages in general and French in particular; facilitating the implementation of national and state standards in the classroom; improving the training of French teachers by encouraging minimum levels of language and cultural proficiency, and exposure to the French-speaking world through study abroad opportunities; creating opportunities and finding resources for practicing teachers to update their skills and improve their teaching; and, finally, encouraging the use of new technologies in the teaching of French and actively developing materials to support this use. Our regional representative to the national office is Dr. Jacqueline Thomas of Texas A&M University at Kingsville.