Upcoming Events

FREE Live-Streamed Show for your French students!
Molière Than Thou
Monday, March 1st • 1:00 -2:30 pm
Grades 7-12, in English, with interactive elements, and lots of FUN!

Tim Mooney is back!  The AATF CT offered this fabulous show live in 2015, and now we are virtual for 2021.

This live-streamed show is 75 minutes long with optional Q and A after the show.  Your French students will laugh!

 

Parading through the best-loved plays of France’s history, “Molière than Thou” reinvigorates renaissance theatre, the court of Louis XIV and the vision which generated some of the most beloved plays of all time.  "Molière than Thou" finds Moliere alive and well, if a little bit freaked out from his fellow performers all having come down with food poisoning from eating "the same sort of shellfish." Rather than refund the audience's money, he offers instead to share what bits and pieces he can draw from the large array of characters fresh in his memory! It's a 17th Century rogues gallery of Fops, Scoundrels, Cuckolds and Conniving Servants!

FREE for AATF members with active membership for 2021.  (Not yet renewed?  Click HERE.)

A helpful Study Guide for the show is HERE.  Please share with students prior to the show.

If teaching in-person, you will open a Zoom link that will be provided at the time of the performance to project for your class.  If teaching online, or for students attending the show from home, you will share the Zoom link with your students just before the performance starts, and they will access the show on their own.  Note that as you will not be able to directly supervise your students if they Zoom in on their own, it is important that you go over proper show etiquette with all students prior to the performance day.  Any inappropriate behavior from students will result in their being removed from the Zoom room.

Molière 1622-1673

Jean Baptiste Poquelin forsook the cushy family business (upholsterer to the King), changed his name to Molière (to save his father from the ensuing scandal) and in 1643, began the Illustrious Theatre, which was anything but illustrious at its inception. The venture went bankrupt and the company fled Paris, touring the southern provinces and practicing in the highly popular commedia style of the day. Thirteen years later, the troupe returned to Paris, winning the patronage of King Louis XIV himself.

Over the next fifteen years, Molière, now both actor and playwright, explores farce with The Precious Young Maidens (1658) and The Imaginary Cuckold (1660), challenges his audiences with the textured modern characterizations of The School for Wives (1662) and The Learned Ladies (1670), and creates an uproar with searing social commentary of Tartuffe (1664), Don Juan (1665) and The Misanthrope (1666). These towering works of the mid-1660s would capably fit into anyone’s list of the top plays of all time, and following the scandalous sensation that such withering satire drew, Molière satisfied himself with softer targets to finish out his career, taking aim at the doctors (Doctor in Spite of Himself, 1667), the lawyers (The Schemings of Scapin, 1671) and middle class poseurs (The Bourgeois Gentleman, 1670).

Moliere died one of the most ironic deaths of all time in 1673, following the fourth performance of The Imaginary Invalid. Having collapsed amid the show’s finale, Molière lay dying in bed, with no priest or doctor willing to attend him in his final hours, exactly as he had depicted it, on the stage, scant hours before.

Molière Than Thou imagines the Molière of 1671, still scratching out a living as only he might, performing the funniest roles in the catalogue of the greatest comic playwright of all time (who just happens to be himself) here, in the hall of the Palais Royale.

RECENT EVENTS BELOW...

1/15
Soirée Cabaret

We had a full house at the New Haven Theater Company space for our Soirée Cabaret, featuring "Si Jamais" - a group of 5 professional musicians and educators from Rhode Island.

Guests enjoyed delicious food and wine as they sang along with Victoria Richter to a classic set list of French-language songs.  

To contact or hear the band, click mic below.

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to hear the Band!

3rd Annual French Hockey Night
with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

CT French students and their families gathered along with French teachers at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport for a reprise of our French Hockey Night!

After the game, there was a meet-and-greet with the francophone players during which students could practice their French and get autographs. 

1/8
Atelier de
Chocolaterie et Vins

AATF members gathered at the beautiful Westport home of Comité Exécutif member Susan to enjoy a special evening of gourmet chocolate with paired wine tastings

Belgian Master Chocolatier Benoît of BE Chocolate provided an educational workshop about all things chocolate and led attendees in a ganache-making activity.

Paired wines accompanied tastings of the delicious confections as attendees got to mingle over charcuterie and cheeses.

6th Annual
Rentrée Gathering • 2019

The lovely Bistro Basque in downtown Milford was the location of this year's annual Rentrée Gathering.

Passed appetizers from the Basque region sated the group's hunger while custom cocktails and wine were poured skillfully by our friendly bartender.

Many new faces were in attendance and numerous ideas were shared as new friends were made.

1/8
Cérémonie de
Remise des Prix 2019

Connecticut families gathered at Hopkins School in New Haven, where students earning medals on Le Grand Concours were recognized publicly for their fantastic accomplishments.

Connor Hartigan of Hopkins School accepted the AATF CT Tom Betts Senior Prize ($1000).  Amelie Warneryd of St. Luke's School in New Canaan was the recipient of the AATF CT Alberta Conte Junior Prize of $500.  Both students gave speeches in both French and English. 

 

Sienne Moore and Sofia Mancinone of Shepaug Valley H.S. accepted the Alliance Française of Northwestern CT Junior and Senior Prizes (respectively) of $500 each.

For more info on how your students can apply for all AATF CT prizes, click HERE.

La Réunion Printanière
at Bar Bouchée

Fabulous, sunny weather and an incredible 4-course gourment French meal were the highlights of this year's Réunion Printanière at Bar Bouchée in Madison.

In addition to culinary delights and much new friend-making, attendees enjoyed a workshop on Project-Based Learning (PBL) led by St. Luke's School French teachers Evan Downey, Susan Sarrazin, and Jon Shee.

1/14

6th Annual CT French Teachers'
TIP SWAP

An AATF Connecticut tradition, 2019 marks the 6th year of the Tip Swap!

This year, teachers from around the state met up in West Hartford at Àvert Brasserie for super wine, cocktails, and appetizers as they shared tips in an "unconference" format.

Topics varied greatly, from ways to incorporate technology into the curriculum, tricks for doing cultural comparisons, and innovative units using music and lyrics.

There were many new faces at this year's Tip Swap, and many new friendships were made!

National French Week CONCERT 2018:
Webster!

An AATF CT record for attendance:  Almost 1500 Connecticut French students and teachers came together at Southern CT State University's Lyman Center for a rousing performance by Québécois/Sénégalais hip-hop artist Webster.

Webster got kids jumping out of their seats, waving their arms, and repeating refrains in French, as he shared important messages about believing in oneself, working hard, and never giving up.

Visit Webster's website HERE.

1/19

Fall Meeting 2018:
Science in the French Classroom

Organizers Laura Faga and Geneviève Brand put together a fantastic set of presentations that showed attendees successful ways of integrating science-related themes into a French language curriculum.

Held at a laboratory classroom in the stunning Hartford Science Center, this event was full of information and helpful, innovative ideas for CT French teachers.

Jennifer Terni of UCONN also spoke about the hugely successful "UConn/Université de Toulouse Exchange Program," which is a 5-year program for engineering students and includes a full year in Toulouse, France.  For more info on that program, click HERE.

5th Annual
Rentrée Gathering • 2018

Une belle quarantaine joined up at famed New Haven venue "Lyric Hall" in September for our annual Rentrée Gathering. 

Guests caught up with old friends and met new ones while enjoying incredible food from Rawa Restaurant and drinks from the bar in the historic front room.

Then the crowd moved to the presentation space, which was an original vaudeville theatre around the turn of the century.  AATF Comité Exécutif members presented a fast round of teaching tips and tricks, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry expert, Howard Scherry, led a show-stopping discourse on the world's most beloved author.

Gina Reichert earned the AATF CT "Vedette d'Honneur" thanks to her enthusiasm for our chapter and the great work she does at West Haven High School to promote French.

Réunion Printanière 2018
Bernard's in Ridgefield

Une trentaine de profs et un repas extraordinaire....

Bernard's French restaurant in Ridgefield was the perfect locale for this year's Réunion Printanière.

Lisa Urso was chosen as the most recent AATF CT Vedette d'Honneur for all of her enthusiastic participation in our activities.

A recap of the year's events was followed by annual elections in which Jon Shee was reelected Président and Sandi Van Ausdal was reelected Vice-Présidente.

AATF Trésorier Evan Downey gave a workshop on using embedded Quizlet codes into Google Sites for students to have an interactive experience learning various grammar points via digital or analog data sets.

Luke Eilderts of SCSU won our fun trivia game that wrapped up an enjoyable, tasty event!

Cérémonie de
Remise des Prix • 2018

In spite of a last-minute tornado (!), families and teachers made it through the storm to get to Hopkins School in New Haven, where students earning medals on Le Grand Concours were recognized publicly for their accomplishments.

5 finalists from the AATF French Cultural Trivia Bowl competed live for the grand prize of a $250 Amazon Gift Card. Matthew Ichida-Marsh of Greenwich High School was the winner.

Dominic DeMarco of St. Luke's School in New Canaan accepted the AATF CT Tom Betts Senior Prize ($750).  Caroline Lauf of Fairfield Warde High School was the first recipient of the AATF CT Alberta Conte Junior Prize of $350.  Both students gave a beautiful speech in both French and English.

French in Louisiana:
Film "Theo's Choice"

Teachers gathered at Greens Farms Academy to view the documentary film "Theo's Choice" and then do a question and answer session via videoconference with one of the film's creator's, Thomas Cauvin.

"Theo's Choice," a 2017 film, talks about the presence of French in Louisiana, and how the language and culture of the Acadians and Cajuns have been both threatened by globalisation and emboldened by it. A resurgence of interest in French in Louisiana is linked to bilingual immersion programs in public schools. 

If you are interested in getting a copy of the film for your community, email us at info@aatfct.org.

5th Annual French
Teachers'Tip Swap

Carole Peck's legendary Good News Café in Woodbury was the location for this year's winter tradition of the Teachers' Tip Swap.

Delicious homemade food accompanied French wines and an unforgettable Elderflower French 75 cocktail as teachers and friends followed the "unconference" format of the Tip Swap.  Guests moved freely through three sets of diverse mini-sessions presented by their peers.  Myriad topics from technology to new Vandertrampp songs were discussed, and there were a lot of happy people!

Heidi Edel of Shepaug Valley High School was the second recipient of the "Vedette d'Honneur de l'AATF CT."  An event without Heidi is rare, indeed!

Fall Meeting & Atelier:
"Le Parler Québécois"

Professor J. Vincent Morrissette hosted a fabulous fall meeting and atelier at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on Oct. 25th, 2017.

Before the atelier began, members mingled, enjoyed drinks and food, and shared experiences about the start of the school year.

M. Morrissette, also co-author of the recently published book "Je me souviens," talked about his upbringing that was saturated with "le parler québécois" as well as gave numerous fun examples of  typical québécois words and expressions and their origins.

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4th Annual
Rentrée Gathering

Fabulous French teacher colleagues joined together at The Library Wine Bar and Bistro in Wallingford on Sept. 26th to kick off the school year in style.

Cocktails, wine, and good times flowed as teachers enjoyed delicious homemade pizzas, apps, and conversation. 

Jacqueline Munk was the first recipient of the "Vedette d'Honneur de l'AATF CT" as she has been incredibly active in chapter activities.  On t'aime trop, Jaqueline!

AATF CT PAST Concerts

Concert avec Brice Kapel LIVE!

Almost 1000 French students and teachers from around Connecticut gathered in November at Pomperaug H.S. in Southbury for an interactive, music-and-dancing-filled concert by artist Brice Kapel.

This concert, sponsored by the AATF CT, was in celebration of National French Week.  The Alliance Française of Northwestern CT donated and distributed hundreds of free French books for students as well.

Mr. Kapel, originally from Togo and living in France, got everyone on their feet as he performed original songs in French with some lyrics in his native language, Mina.  Some parts of songs were enacted with sign language.

Students were taught the lyrics and melodies of Mr. Kapel's songs weeks ahead of the concert, so they were ready and exceited to sing along with him. 

Lyrics and audio clips are available HERE.

Visit Brice Kapel's YouTube channel HERE.

"Édith Piaf Spectacular"

with Mélanie Gall

 

Almost 600 CT French students and teachers joined in song at this fabulous event at Pomperaug High School in Southbury in celebration of National French Week.

 

Mélanie Gall, a professional singer who has performed in French and English around the entire world, led students in a lively sing-along event and taught them all about the many details of Piaf's life, loves, and music.

 

Participating schools received lyrics packets and classroom activities in advance of the event, so there were many significant "take-aways" for students and teachers.  Students learned many classic Piaf songs like "La vie en rose," "Milord," "Non, je ne regrette rien," "Sous le ciel de Paris," and many more.

 

Click on icons below for lyrics & activities:

 

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Molière Than Thou
 
(Official AATF-CT event for
National French Week 2015)

Almost 800 CT French students and teachers gathered at Pomperaug H.S. in Southbury for a truly entertaining live performance featuring Molière's greatest scenes and characters as interpreted by Molière expert and internationally-touring actor and writer Tim Mooney. 

 

Students were called up on stage for interarctive moments of this performance, and hilarity ensued.

 

Teachers had access to many prep materials before the performance so that their students could be best prepared for the show.  During the show, students completed a "Chasse Aux Trésors" in which they hunted for famous Molière quotations as Tim Mooney spoke them during scenes.

 

For access to "Molière Than Thou" materials, please email us at aatfct@gmail.com.

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