Representatives of the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE) manned an information booth at the 86th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), held in Providence, Rhode Island, from July 11 to 14.
Held under the theme “Le français : langue du 21e siècle” (“French: A 21st Century Language”), the event drew more than 300 participants and featured over a hundred presentations and talks. Some 30-odd organizations (associations, companies, governments, language schools, etc.) set up booths on the exhibition floor.
Promoting educational opportunities in Québec
In collaboration with the Québec government office in Boston (DQB) and in concert with the Association québécoise des écoles de français langue étrangère (AQEFLE), the MRIFCE participated in the exhibition in order to promote Québec expertise in the teaching of French and educational opportunities in Québec.
The MRIFCE has fostered ties with the American Association of Teachers of French for over 30 years. The AATF is a high-priority partner in the area of educational affairs.
About the AATF
Created in 1927, the American Association of Teachers of French is the world’s largest national association of French teachers, with nearly 10,000 members. Its mission is to promote the study of French in the United States, among other ways by organizing activities, preparing publications and holding an annual convention.
2015 convention in Saguenay, Québec
During the convention, representatives of the MRIFCE had a chance to speak with the AATF’s new National President, Mary Helen Kashuba, and Executive Director, Jayne Abrate. The conversations focused on topics such as Québec’s participation in the AATF’s 2015 convention, to be held in Saguenay.
Studying in Québec
American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)