National French Week

La Semaine du français

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Organized by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), National French Week is an annual celebration of French language and francophone cultures. AATF organizations, Alliance française branches, and French departments across the country will join in promoting French and everything that goes along with it with assorted activities and events.

The purpose of National French Week is to increase our community's understanding and appreciation of the francophone world by finding interesting and entertaining ways of looking at how French touches our lives.

It's also a chance to learn about the dozens of countries and millions of people who speak this beautiful language.

If you are a French teacher, National French Week is the perfect opportunity to organize in-class and/or extracurricular events for current or potential students. Here are a few ideas with links to additional information.

  • French for beginners - Help students get started on the right foot.
  • French in English - Discuss the relationship.
  • French Tools - Give some of these away as contest prizes.
  • Games - Have some fun with French
  • History - Presentations on French/Francophone history.
  • Inspiration - Why learn French, celebrities who speak French, learner's lore.
  • Jobs - Learn about jobs which require French skills.
  • Living + Working in France - Discuss the possibilities.
  • Mot du jour - A quick and painless way to learn a little French every day.
  • Movies - Watch movies for extra listening practice, discuss the plot and language used, have a French film festival.
  • Music - Introduce students to French music, type up lyrics so they can sing along.
  • Posters - Decorate your home, office, or classroom.
  • Proficiency - Discuss proficiency and discover your own.
  • Schools - Discuss study possibilities.
  • Spanish is Easier than French - Dispel the myth.
  • Teaching resources - Project ideas, teaching tips, and more.
  • Tests - See how well you do.
  • Today in Francophone History - Important people and events
  • Travel - Discuss past, future, and dreamed of vacations; make travel posters.
  • What is French? - Facts and figures about the French language.

For even more ideas, see French-themed celebrations.

And don't forget those all important expressions: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité and Vive la France !