Bonjour National French Week


T-shirts made by students in French classes line language hall for National French Week (Photo Credit: Paisley Sutton).

With red, blue, and white t-shirts hanging in the language hall, morning prayer spoken in French, and French-inspired lunches served in the cafeteria, it is obvious National French Week is underway. This year, National French Week occurs from Wednesday, Nov. 5 through Tuesday, Nov. 11.

The American Association of Teachers of French chose “Le francais: une langue a multi ples visages” as this year’s theme. This unifying theme means, “French, a language of many faces.”

In French classrooms, the week’s activities include making t-shirts, listening to guest speakers, and making crepes. This year, a French man from Switzerland and a French-speaking professor from Ferris State University, originally from the Congo, will be speaking to classes about their experiences.

“I love listening to all the different guest speakers,” junior Ally Cocklow said. “I participate in class by making t-shirts, listening to guest speakers and making fondue.”

An exciting part of National French Week for many is the food. Some of the lunches the cafeteria will be serving are quiches, Monte Cristo sandwiches, and French-African inspired foods such as chicken muamba, a dish the cafeteria describes as chicken simmered in a peanut-tomato sauce and served over brown rice.

“The food is great. They try to use a variety,” said French teacher Carol Shea. “I’ve never seen [the French-African inspired food] cooked here before.”

When asked what her favorite part of National French Week is, Ms. Shea answered, “Just raising awareness in the school of the fact that French is a language being spoken throughout the world.”