Schroon Lake Natalie Royer-Loiselle, French teacher at Schroon Lake Central School, recently attended the 84th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French held in Montreal, the second largest Francophone city in the world.
Royer-Loiselle has taught French 13 years, the last five at Schroon Lake. She was an active participant in the gathering of more than 500 French teachers from around the U.S. and from several other countries.
The AATF, founded in 1927, is the largest national association of French teachers in the world with almost 10,000 members. It is organized around 73 local chapters and governed by a national Executive Council of 18 members. National Headquarters are located at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
The keynote speaker at the convention was Kim Thúy. A welcome reception was co-sponsored by the Quebec Ministry of International Relations and the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques. Remarks were also given by the French Deputy Cultural Counselor Christophe Musitelli.
The convention was filled with sessions, discussions and animated conversations about techniques for teaching French and promoting the study of French.