Advocating for French Programs at the College and University Levels



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More than 20 percent of all Peace Corps volunteers and trainees currently serve in French-speaking countries. The majority of them are in West Africa.

Advocates for French programs at the college and university levels
can use these documents to sustain their programs when courses,
major/minor designations, and advanced degrees in French are threatened.

  1. Specialized Background Material Supporting the Study of French

  2. General Background Materials Supporting the Study of French

  3. Testimonials to the Importance of French in Daily Life, Studies, and Profession

  4. Informational Facts and Figures in Support of French

  5. Ideas and Models for Strengthening and Promoting French Programs

  6. Documents to Assist in Mounting an Advocacy Campaign

  7. Using Technology in Sustaining a Program or in an Advocacy Campaign

  8. Documents Supporting Study of French by Spanish Speakers




1. These documents give specialized background material that can help

in crafting informed arguments in support of French programs.


This introduction describes the ways in which college and university programs can work to sustain programs and advocate for threatened programs.


This checklist gives advocates a starting point for planning an advocacy campaign.


These three essays explore the issues of language choice and the ease of language learning.




These documents give information--facts, figures, business connections--that can be used in arguments in favor of French programs.


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2. The background material in these documents can provide more general arguments that support the study of French. Some can also serve as models for locally produced documents that assert the value of learning French.


These Powerpoint presentations give reasons to study French and can be modified to fit a local situation.
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The following documents present a variety of reasons demonstrating the importance of French and the value of studying French.






The World Speaks French: Video Stories is a set of interviews with people from different walks of life who tell fascinating stories of how learning and speaking French has impacted their lives and careers. The Stories are available in two formats, on DVD, or as a set of downloadable movies for PC or Mac that are perfect for Powerpoint presentations, or simply playing the Stories as they are on a computer (QuickTime Player or Windows Media Player). You can obtain a DVD by contacting the AATF: www.frenchteachers.org You can download the video stories below in one zipped (compressed) folder that will unpack when you double-click after downloading it. The file is large--several hundred megabytes--so the download time may be 20 minutes or longer, depending on the speed of your internet connection.

The Video Stories for computer use can be downloaded here .

This Word document presents the topics of Video Stories along with times of the sequences.


This document presents the Stories grouped by theme to make it easier to choose individual Stories for varied uses.


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3. These testimonials articulate personal motivation for studying French.

You may find these useful as models for creating your own testimonials.




Documents for the World Speaks French Video Stories DVD

The World Speaks French: Video Stories is a set of interviews with people from different walks
of life who tell fascinating stories of how learning and speaking French has impacted their lives
and careers.
The Stories are available in two formats, on DVD, or as a set of downloadable movies
for PC or Mac that are perfect for Powerpoint presentations, or simply playing the stories
as they are on a desktop computer or laptop in QuickTime Player or Windows Media Player.
You can obtain a DVD by contacting the AATF: aatf@frenchteachers.org
You can download the video stories below in one zipped (compressed) folder that will unpack
when you double click it after downloading. The file is large, several hundred megabytes, so the
download time may be 20 minutes or longer depending on the speed of your internet connection.

The Video Stories for computer use can be downloaded here .
Or as Download from Google Drive

These MSWord documents describe the stories and present strategies for their effective use:
This document presents the contents of the video stories, along with the time of the sequences.



Grouping the video stories by themes offers a way to use the clips effectively.



You may use this sample release form to gain permission to use stories from your students, former students, etc.




These personal stories can be used "as is" or can be used as models for the kinds of
statements you can solicit from your students or former students.
To read a series of personal stories, click here.
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Many students of French opt to complement or complete their studies in a variety of disciplines in a French-speaking country.


These shorter, more general testimonials may also be used "as is," or as models.









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4. These materials give factual information related to the Francophone world which can be used in the creation of documents affirming the continuing importance of French in business and other fields.



These documents give information on the entire Francophone world.




Information on French companies in the US.


Language links between French and English.


Document providing information on Québec by journalist Jean-Benoît Nadeau, with an English version and a French version.



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5. Those wishing to strengthen and effectively promote French programs will find ideas and models in this group of documents.

An introduction to ways of making your French program more visible and stronger.


Suggestions for making connections with others in your institution in order to garner support long-term.



Documents that help you to solicit and use testimonials from current and/or former students, colleagues, parents, etc.



These documents help you use different media to promote and publicize your French program.




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6. These documents can be of use if it is felt that a program has come under threat of reduction or elimination.

They present strategies and models for mounting an advocacy campaign.


This document introduces the concept of advocacy for threatened programs and describes in general the materials to be found in the French Language Advocacy Kit.


This essay introduces the ways in which advocating in colleges and universities differs from advocating for high-school or middle-school French programs.


This document outlines how an AATF Chapter President can assist in advocating for a program under threat.


This document was designed for high-school or middle-school teachers but nonetheless has useful ideas for ways in which one can put together an advocacy campaign.


These letters can serve as samples for letters written to various audiences in support of a French program: a Provost, a Community College Board, a newspaper, etc. The material can be tailored to a local situation.
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• Most graduate schools require knowledge of at least one foreign language, and French is a popular choice for many fields of study.











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7. The following documents can assist in using technology in an advocacy campaign for a program in need of support.


These documents can help you get started using a variety of media to assist you and your students in your advocacy campaign.






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8. This set of documents lays out arguments that can be made to encourage speakers of Spanish (such as heritage speakers) to study French as an additional language.


These essays describe the benefits of encouraging native or heritage speakers of Spanish to study Frech.


A strategy for recruiting among speakers of Spanish.

These documents present arguments for studying French if one already speaks Spanish. Several have both English and Spanish versions.






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