Célébrons le 450e anniversaire des Français en Floride
Le premier mai, 1562, un voyage français de découvert mené par Jean Ribault est arrivé à la bouche du fleuve (St. Johns River). Après avoir exploré les environs, ils ont érigé un monument et sont partis en bateau au nord. Deux ans plus tard, un corps expéditionnaire mené par René de Laudonnière a établi la première colonie française aux Etats-Unis. Ils ont choisi un site sur la rive sud du fleuve, quelques distance à l’intérieur de la bouche. Les habitants de la colonie, les Huguenots pour le plupart, ont nommé leur colonie « La Caroline » en l’honneur du Roi Charles IX. Les indiens Timucua ont aidé les Français à construire un fort triangulaire.
Through November 2014, Jacksonville and Miami will host many exciting opportunities that honor the role that France played in the formation of our state and nation. From the opening of a France – Florida cultural office at Visit Jacksonville, to the three week exposition of French culture in Miami, many activities are planned across the state. The commemoration of 450 years of the French in Florida is a signature event of Viva Florida, which promotes Florida’s history and cultural heritage.
The French-Florida Cultural Center is planning a dinner for the "Celebration of the First French Colony in America” with at Florida Caroline on Sunday, Nov. 2nd, 2014
Why join AATF?
The AATF is the only professional association devoted exclusively to the needs of French teachers at all levels. The mission of the AATF is to advance the study of the French language and French-speaking literatures and cultures both in schools and in the general public.
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Florida and its French-speaking Sister Cities
Get acquainted - or reacquainted with your city's, or region's, Sister City. Plan some activities for your students to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the French in Florida. Here's a list of the Sister Cities.
Not too early to start planning for National French Week.
The AATF is pleased to announce its organization of the fifteenth annual National French Week. This week-long celebration of all things French will take place in schools and communities and AATF chapters across the U.S. from November 5-11, 2014. We are asking our members and any other interested Francophones and Francophiles to take French out of the classroom and demonstrate all the reasons to learn French.
The Florida Chapter of the American Association of Teachers has as its mission to provide French teachers in Florida an opportunity to connect to others who share the love of the French language and culture. All members are encouraged to contact the webmaster (Shannon McKenna) at firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute to this site with articles, pictures of members and activities, notices of upcoming events and anything else you find helpful to other members.
Be sure to look for the August Bulletin coming soon to your email!
Le coin des/pour profs
Kam O'Horo is a teacher at Shorecrest Prep in St. Petersburg. She has some great ideas for teachers as they head back to class for this year. Take a look at her ideas and let her know your thoughts. How did you use her ideas? How did your students like them?
Please consider sending in photos of events - big and small - at your school. We'd love to show them off to everyone!
French Teacher of the Year 2013
Deanna Scheffer, FLAATF Chapter President, has been named the 2013 AATF Outstanding Chapter Officer. In addition to her many responsibilities, Deanna teaches at St. Augustine High School in St. John's County. She is a consultant for the College Board and is a past recipient of Florida French Teacher of the Year. Contact Deanna to find out more about Séjour sans souci!