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dimanche 21 février 2010

Spring 2010 Meeting

Thanks to everyone to attended the spring meeting on February 20, 2010 at the University of St. Thomas. For those of you who want to access docs and links from the great items that were shared by our wonderful members:

-you can get Marie Mauranne's great ppt on French commercials here,
-the meeting ppt here,
-Claire's helpful doc on grants here,
-the flyer for the exciting AATF/Alliance française FCF event here,
-the entire calendar of March's FCF events here,
-and all links in the PPTS and those mentioned at the meeting here!

Thanks to Johan Vergult for snapping the photos!

Georges Detiveaux
President, AATF-Houston

vendredi 19 février 2010

AATF Houston Spring Meeting- change of location

The 2010 spring meeting of the Houston chapter of the AATF will be held at the University of St. Thomas, room 025 Malloy Hall (not at the Jerabeck Center), from 1:00-3:00 PM on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Et Voilà Théâtre presents La Maison de Bernarda Alba

Et Voilà Théâtre presents La Maison de Bernarda Alba
by Federico García Lorca
in French and Spanish with English surtitles

The House of Bernarda Alba, Federico García Lorca's last play, was written in 1936, a few months before Lorca was jailed and executed. Besides being one of the great 20th century playwrights, Federico García Lorca was an outstanding poet. Wishing to honor his writing genius, the play will include selected poems recited in Spanish from "Romancero Gitano" by a special guest, actor Antonio Mazu, who will portray the role of Federico García Lorca. French sculptor Véronique Chalandar is coming from Paris at the invitation of Et Voilà Théâtre, to create a scenic design inspired by the feminine characters of this play. She will use a technique that has been reproduced in all her "Originelles" collection: a sculpture built on a very fine structure, to emphasize the elevation of the characters, liberated from the traditional aesthetic models.
Directed by Clara Ploux
March 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20, 2010 at 8pm
Talento Bilingüe de Houston
333 S. Jensen Houston Tx 77003
Et Voilà Théâtre Website

jeudi 11 février 2010

Special Opportunity at Opera in the Heights

George B. Geary Student Outreach Initiative

Through a generous grant from George B. Geary, the Opera in the Heights is able to fund free student and chaperone opera tickets for groups of 15-50, plus bus, for their upcoming production of La Bohème. The funding is available for groups from middle school through college. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard, Houston 77008

La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini (sung in Italian with English surtitles)
Friday, March 26; Saturday, March 27;
Thursday, April 1; Friday, April 2; Saturday, April 3;
Thursday, April 8; Friday, April 9; and Saturday, April 10

There are two ways to participate in the initiative:
1. Group Offer: Groups of a minimum size of 15 and a maximum size of 50 may reserve seats for Thursday or Friday night performances. Since a limited number of these group reservations may be accommodated, they will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For details on how to apply, contact Dr. Ellen Harrison, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, (; 713-862-4081)

2. Individual Student Ticket Offer: Individual students in grades 9 through college may book tickets for 2-6 persons for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening at a cost of $10 per ticket. Since a limited number of these group reservations may be accommodated, reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Individual tickets may be booked either by calling the Opera in the Heights Box Office at 713-861-5303 or by going online at Specify student status to receive $10 tickets.


Information for the next three (3) RDV Français events is as follows:
(As always, French will be spoken at these events. It need not be perfect, but your best attempt is appreciated. This also applies to invited guests. Total beginners should seek formal classes elsewhere before attending group events. This group is designed for those with prior French experience who want the opportunity to converse in French with others. However, if you have had even a few years of high school French classes, that should be enough to get you started conversing, so if that is the case, go ahead and RSVP "Yes"! ) Additional information about the events and venues as well as a means to RSVP can be viewed at

Le 16e RDV de l'Amitié
L'Heure de l'Apéro Mix and Mingle at Le Mistral for RDV members and their francophone guests
Feb 18 Thu 5:00 PM
Location: Le Mistral
1400 Eldridge Parkway
Houston, TX
(832) 379-8322

Le 17e RDV de l'Amitié
Feb 24 Wed 6:30 PM
Location: Jeannine's Bistro
106 Westheimer Rd., Suite E
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 874-0220

Belgian dinner (a delicious prix fixe meal ($20/person excluding tax, gratuity, and beverage) at Jeannine's Bistro for RDV Members and their francophone guests starting at 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.. NOTE: This is a limited capacity venue. A reservation will be made in the order of each received confirmation of attendance.

Le 18e RDV de l'Amitié
Mar 27 Sat 6:30 PM
Location: Le Mistral (see address above)

French dinner (a delicious prix fixe meal ($25/person excluding tax, gratuity and beverage) & movie night at Le Mistral for RDV Members and their francophone guests, starting at 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. After dinner, a recent French movie, Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis, will be shown in French for the enjoyment all who wish to remain.

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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