Virtual French immersion weekend planned for January


The University of Maine at Augusta, as well as the Maine Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, are expected to virtually co-sponsor the annual French Immersion Weekend on January 14 and 15, 2022. Here are the attendees of the event Zoom of October 2020. Courtesy of UMA

The University of Maine at Augusta, along with the Maine Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, is expected to virtually co-sponsor the annual French Immersion Weekend on January 14 and 15, 2022.

The theme is “Intersections”, and participants will watch the brand new film “Carrefour”, a new documentary telling the unique story of Francophones in New England, past and present.

The Immersion Weekend will celebrate the intersections of language, culture and community in the Francophone community of Maine and the Francophone world in general.

UMA professor Chelsea Ray is the coordinator of this program, which is one of the flagship events of the WBU in French. AATF Maine Chapter President Nathalie Gorey plays a key role on the planning committee.

During the immersion weekend, highly qualified and experienced volunteer instructors, many of whom are French teachers, as well as native exchange students of UMA from the University of Brittany in Brest, France, will facilitate online group activities. The highlight of Friday will be the viewing of Carrefour, followed by a panel discussion. Saturday will consist of a day of immersion, including the participation of the famous singer / performer Brice Kapel for a concert that crosses languages, cultures and continents.

For more information on the weekend and to register, visit the French Immersion Day webpage, uma.edu/academics/programs/english/events. This event usually fills up quickly, so registering early is recommended.

This weekend event is open to intermediate and advanced speakers of French, whether they are high school students, college / university students, French teachers or interested community members looking for the challenge of a 100% French-speaking environment. Participants must be able to speak French throughout the immersion experience.

To be eligible, high school students must have completed two years of study in French or the equivalent and college students must have completed one year of study in French or the equivalent.

It is a continuation of a program started by Penobscot Bay Language School in Rockland in 1991, and an extension of the successes Le Français au Bord de la Mer and Le français dans les bois.

Last October, Le Français au Bord de la Mer was held virtually on Zoom with more than 50 participants from various backgrounds, from various locations, including Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota and France, and varying levels of French. The theme was “Le Français branché” (“Le français branché”) to emphasize that French is “connected” to many cultures, many continents and is reflected on virtual platforms.

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