Lucas Hoffman, AATF-OH Vice-President
Immersion Weekend 2013
The AATF-Ohio Immersion Weekend celebrated its 10th anniversary this year from September 20-22, 2013. AATF members doubled their participation over last year with thirty-some participants coming to this great weekend at the beautiful Mohican State Park. This all-in-French weekend has been such a great way for French teachers to network, make new friends, see old friends, and speak French, of course!
Friday night, as per tradition, Kathy Lewton and Gretchen Petrie made their delicious soupe estivale. In spite of the early rain Saturday morning, we were up early for breakfast à la francaise. Some then enjoyed French movies while others networking and sharing of best practices and grading. After lunch, once the rain cleared up, we got outdoors right away, to go on our (slightly) muddy hike and play afternoon matches of boules.
Friday evening, in honor of our 10th anniversary, AATF-Ohio President Pascale Abadie treated us to some liqueur de poire, calvados, and perroquets. What a nice speciality, since some of those liquors are not available for purchase in Ohio! We then dined pot à la fortune style, with each participant sharing a French dish or dessert. I don’t think anyone could have gone to bed hungry. Our fearless leader Pascale later led us in a truly crazy game of Pictionary. And since we were in the woods, there was, of course, a fire with marshmallows to wrap up the evening.
Are you interested in joining us for the 2014 Immersion Weekend?
AATF-OH Immersion Weekend/September 19-21, 2014/Mohican State Park
$30/night/person/single bed OR
$15/night/person/pull out bed
You can also just come Saturday for a nominal $5 fee.
Save your spot now, since we have already received reservations to fill a couple cabins for next year!
Make your check payable to Ohio Chapter AATF. Mail to:
3030 Medina Line Rd
Any questions? Email our secretary Kathy Lewton MADAMELEWTON@earthlink.net.
French Film Club Selection: Intouchables
AATF-Ohio has selected the film Intouchables to discuss at the 2014 OFLA conference. Strategies and activities for in-class use will be shared, following a viewing of short clips.
Réalisateurs: Olivier Nakeche, Eric Toledano
Où regarder?: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Intouchables/70232180?locale=en-US ou http://www.amazon.com/The-Intouchables-Fran%C3%A7ois-Cluzet/dp/B0087IT8FK
Dégustation de vin au CSCTFL
AATF’s own Jean-Pierre Berwald kindly made the trip to Columbus, Ohio to share his love for French wine with the Central States community of over 75 French teachers and Francophiles who RSVP’d for this special event.
Jean-Pierre introduced us to the wine regions of France with an interactive visual presentation. He even included a little quiz for us at the end. J-P shared classroom lesson ideas through the reading and interpreting of wine bottles labels and history.
He guided us through mystery samplings of three red and three white wines. We paid special attention to all the characteristics (color, smell, taste) of each wine before taking a guess as to its origin/name.
Jean-Pierre, thank you for “transporting” us to the French vineyards during your presentation formidable! A special thanks is also due to the behind the scenes team of AATF-Ohio past and present officers Pascale Abadie, Kirsten Halling, and Richard Emch and CSTCFL representative Sarah Shackelford who made the logistics of this happen.
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