American Association of Teachers of French - 87e Congrès annuel (8-11 juillet 2015)
le jeudi 9 juillet
S242: Chantons la Nouvelle France
Intervenants: Karen Sorenson (Austin Peay State University)
TennesseeBob Peckham, University of Tennessee at Martin (emeritus)
NEW - On Nov. 19, 2015, at
Samford University in Birmingham, AL, we were joined by World Languages
chair, Mike Ledgerwood in singing several songs from the program:
A sing-along/concert by the vocal-instrumental duet, Au Coeur du Vent
[https://www.utm.edu/staff/globeg/atelmusique.shtml] to celebrate
French-language music sung from Louisiana to Saguenay, using a
song-book made for the occasion. The performers will link as many
instrumental versions of the songs as we can to our Web site so that
you can have your students sing them in class. Sometimes we must go
further than books, films, Internet, travel, etc. in our conviction
about Francophone cultures. From the brain to the heart, from the heart
to the voice, we sing about love, childhood, diaspora, hardship.
Au Coeur du Vent is a French-language vocal-instrumental group (most
often a duet) from Tennessee, Dr. Karen Sorenson from Austin Peay State
University and TennesseeBob Peckham, emeritus from the University of
Tennessee at Martin, both AATF members . We are two teachers, who have
tried to give students a chance to sing and persuade other French
teachers of the benefits having their students sing. We have performed
together at immersion weekends and conferences, though as individuals,
we have had public singing experience on radio and television,
recordings, at clubs and in other groups. When I was at Middlebury,
this was part of our immersion success, and Karen brings students up to
an immersion program at the Université de Québec à Chicoutimi, where
this activity is part of their experience. We will sing by category and
by region, some traditional and some popular music, from composers like
Songs build idiomatic and contextual vocabulary. They can help students
identify discourse units (phrases, sentences, verses). Singing a
variety of songs assists in building topic strength. Imitation of
rhythm, pitch, syllabification, intonation, length improves speech
prosody. Theme development by verse encourages interest in the
development and refinement of meaning. But, only by singing them
do you get the full benefit.
LIST OF SONGS (with links to online recordings) - chansonnier in PDF lyrics projection
"Quatre vents, quatre océans"
"Un canadien errant"
"Gens du pays"
"Saguenay des Voyages"
"Mon bateau de papier"
"Jai une chanson dans mon coeur"
We might not be able to sing through all of these in our half hour.
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