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Dr. Virginia Donovan presents research at educators' convention

Posted on Jul 22, 2011

Dr. Virginia R. Donovan, assistant professor of French at University of Wisconsin-Superior, attended the 84th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) held July 6-9, 2011, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the second largest Francophone city in the world.

Donovan has taught French four years overall and for one year at UW-Superior. She presented a session titled "Travels with Tocqueville: A French Perspective of 19th-Century Quebec." She was an active participant in the gathering of more than 500 French teachers from around the United States and from several other countries.  

The AATF, founded in 1927, is the largest national association of French teachers in the world with almost 10,000 members. It is organized around 73 local chapters and governed by a national Executive Council of 18 members. 

The Francophone heritage of North America is undeniable. One has only to look at a map to see that heritage in place names from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, to Montreal. During the convention, participants were treated to music, films, an excursion to Cirque du Soleil, and guided tours of this unique, bilingual city.  

The keynote speaker at the convention was Kim Thúy, author of the novel ru that has won numerous awards and been translated into many languages. A welcome reception was co-sponsored by the Quebec Ministry of International Relations and the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques. Remarks were also given by the French Deputy Cultural Counselor Christophe Musitelli.

 The convention was filled with sessions, discussions, and animated conversations about techniques for teaching French, promoting the study of French, and many sessions devoted to our convention theme of French in North America.

AATF members were treated to special events such as a dictée as well as a number of guest sessions by speakers from France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.  Those who wished were able to participate in a pre-convention excursion to the Eastern Townships and post-convention excursions to a sugar shack and to Quebec City.


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