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UW-Eau Claire French Program Designated as National Exemplary Program

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) recently designated the UW-Eau Claire French program as an Exemplary Program with Honors, underlining once again the quality of the language programs available to our students (the German program was designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German in 2015).

The AATF was founded in 1927 and is the largest national association of French teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members. The association produces two well-known publications--the French Review, a scholarly journal of French studies now entering its 90th volume and known the world over, and the National Bulletin, now in its 42nd year, a newsletter devoted to the teaching and promotion of French and Francophone studies.

In 2014, the AATF instituted an award to honor Exemplary Programs in schools across the country. According to the Association, some of the features of an exemplary program at the post-secondary level should include (1) offering French major and minor (or graduate program) over an extended period of time with good enrollment, (2) participating in interdisciplinary programs which require upper level French courses, (3) implementing key instructional practices by providing strong standards-based curriculum and engaging in innovative practices based on current methodology, (4) connecting French to the community.

The AATF highlighted the inventive courses and the connection to the real-world options for students of French at UW-Eau Claire.  Specifically, they were impressed by the interdisciplinary course “Cajun Watershed and Intercultural Immersion” and the Department’s outreach to community children through the summer immersion camps.