Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
November 17, 2005 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Participants and leaders introductions -
Sharing personal French advocacy anecdotes:
General negative attitudes and conditions which thwart foreign-language
learning in the US
General negative attitudes toward French, and how they contribute to
need for advocacy
Foreign Language: An Essential Core Experience
Any of your students give you a personal reason for taking French?
Your "French-is-useful" stories:
Can any of you think of a local reason why French should be important
to your community?
French-bashing chez vous.
What is the activity you associate with advocacy, because you have seen
it, done it, or have heard of it being done?
Have any of you participated in promotional activity (National French
Year of Languages (ACTFL) examine YOL packet from ACTFL
Promoting A Language-Proficient Society - What Can You Do?
Commission on the Promotion of French
National French Week
What are the differences between promotion and advocacy? How are
What are the obvious ties between promotion and advocacy, and how can
we best use them?
The logic behind the AATF's plan:
Ideas for French Language & Culture Advocacy in
A nose for relevant information
Geographic levels of advocacy (district, state,
Advocacy and the nature of US public education
Gathering information about a specific crisis
Getting contacts and "dog-in-the-fight" allies from
state DOE (foreign language
state foreign language teachers
regional foreign language
district foreign language
state and local business
firms with subsidiaries
Regional Consulates of French and
Regional French Chamber of
State and regional French
language and cultural organizations
French moments in state history
French-speaking celebs from each state
Ways of making web pages.
Explanation of work-stations and individual work packets
Microsoft-Word application on desktop as notepad
Microsoft-Word application on desktop as site sketch
Microsoft-Word->HTML copy of site sketch on
Desktop as collection point for illustrations )drag
Microsoft-Word->HTML with illustrations +
Discussion about hosting, directories, server-side includes, etc.
Trial-runs at basic functions, including multi-tasking
Techniques for using Google, Alltheweb etc.
Starting a web page.
Bringing the page up to check it.
Burn a CD-R