mardi 14 juillet 2009

Messages of congratulations from key players in AATF across the country

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you for your activities and the vibrant presence of your chapter. It is through the efforts of colleagues like yourselves that the French presence will be acknowledged in your region. It will enable you to recruit students and members.

Bien cordialement,

Marie-Christine Koop

President, American Association of Teachers of French

How appropriate that you would be celebrating yet another success in the Houston Chapter on Bastille Day. Félicitations!

By the way, everyone wants to know how you continue to grow?! An article in the National Bulletin detailing some of the events you have planned that have helped to recruit and retain teachers in your chapter would be most appropriate.

Please pass my congratulations along to all your hard-working and dedicated members.

Jacqueline "Jacki" Thomas

Regional Representative, Region VIII Southwest

AATF-Houston recognized at national convention

The Houston Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French received the Second Place Outstanding Chapter Award - Large Chapter at the AATF National Convention in San José, California in July 2009. Congrats to all AATF-Houston members for continued excellence in membership recruitment and in the promotion of the study of French!


Qui sommes-nous?

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.

Officers of AATF-Houston

Roya Razavipour MCARTHUR, President

Dore Sulistyo, Vice President

Johan P. Vergult, Grand Concours Director

Kathy KOCH, Secretary

Gerri MANLOVE, Treasurer

Claude BOUTIN, Destination France Program Administrator

Marci Pampe, Webmaster

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