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Tuesday, June 29 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Langue, Lexique, et Littérature: Incorporating Louisiana French Language and Culture into the Classroom

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The presenters will seek to contextualize French Louisiana and share strategies, materials, & sources related to Louisiana’s Francophonie.
Kress (Carnival Characters—Publishing in French Louisiana) will discuss how French programs privilege the great French classics while giving a nod to the Francophone world. The experience often remains foreign to students who may lack the needed cultural or linguistic sophistication. Yet, Louisiana possesses a venerable French literature that is growing, available, and will not be foreign to students. Build enrollment with American literature—in French!
Lindner (Bringing Louisiana French into French Education in Louisiana) will introduce the evolution of French instruction in Louisiana, from second language lessons to French in immersion programs. The final step is introducing Louisiana French within established programs, introducing students to the unique varieties of French in Louisiana alongside academic French.
Smith (Louisiana French in Remote Teaching) will address the integration of Louisiana French in the transition to remote teaching of lower-level university courses. Building upon the intentional inclusion of Louisiana-focused materials, we have developed resources to integrate new, authentic multimedia materials to make the Francophonie of Louisiana more accessible to students.
White will address some common misunderstandings about Louisiana French. Her presentation will focus on a few lexical items that explain what the Louisiana variety of French has in common with other varieties and what is specifically Louisianian.

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Dana Kress

Editions Tintamarre
My field is the French language literatures of Louisiana  I am also the General Editor of Les Éditions Tintamarre and serve on the board of the state agency CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) where I chair the selection committee that created and chooses... Read More →
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Robin White

Robin White is interested in la Francophonie generally, and Louisiana specifically. She has made New Orleans her home since 2003, and has taught French at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux for over a decade.
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Sarah Smith

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Sarah Smith (she | elle) is a PhD candidate in Francophone Studies at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research focuses on contemporary literature of francophone Louisiana and its persistent ties to past, collective trauma. Sarah has taught French at the high school and college... Read More →
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Tamara Lindner


Tuesday June 29, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT