Invitation, Jour du prof de français, 26 novembre 2020

Chers collègues,

Rejoignez-nous le lundi 26 novembre de 17h à 18h (AEDT) pour prendre le temps de célébrer notre profession ! Après une année aussi éprouvante, il est temps de sortir le champagne et de nous le dire « Nous sommes formidables ! »

Pour célébrer comme il se doit, la FATFA en conjonction avec l’ambassade de France et SBS French radio vous invite à un Q&A avec Christophe Mallet de SBS French radio et Chantal Crozet sur le thème « Diversité, engagement et enthousiasme : les enjeux du métier de professeur de français en Australie ». Puis l’heure sera aux célébrations avec la remise de prix de la première édition de « Nous sommes formidables ! » Sept professeurs de français à travers toute l’Australie seront reconnus et remerciés pour leur contribution à la profession.

Cet évènement est gratuit mais l’inscription est obligatoire. Le Jour du prof se déroulera principalement en français et des certificats de participation seront disponibles sur demande. 

Pour vous inscrire ou pour de plus amples informations cliquez ici: http://www.fatfa.net/derniegraveres-infos.html.

Les organisateurs du Jour du prof de français

Professor John West-Sooby awarded inaugural Prix du professeur de français de l’année

Long-time ASFS member Professor John West-Sooby was this week awarded the prestigious Prix du professeur de français de l’année for the tertiary sector by the Federation of Associations of Teachers of French in Australia (FATFA), supported by the French Embassy in Australia. John is retiring from the University of Adelaide this year and it is thus a very timely award for him to receive, recognising as it does his decades of service as a French teacher and researcher, a mentor, and a champion for the promotion of French at a national level. 

A virtual event co-hosted with the French Embassy will be held on Thursday 26 November where nominees will ‘receive’ their award. John will also be interviewed by SBS French radio prior to the event.

Please join us in congratulating our very worthy colleague!

New publication in Language Studies featuring ASFS members

We wish to draw attention to this new publication in Language Studies, co-edited by former ASFS President Professor Jean Fornasiero. Intersections in Language Policy and Planning: Establishing Connections in Languages and Cultures contains several chapters from ASFS members which we hope would be useful to the work of our French Studies community. These include:

“Making the Case for Languages in Postgraduate Study” by current ASFS President Natalie Edwards and current ASFS treasurer Christopher Hogarth,

“French Studies at the University of Melbourne, 1921-1956” by former ASFS President Véronique Duché, and

“Engaging with the Past: Lessons from the History of Modern Languages at the University of Adelaide” by thirty-year ASFS stalwart John West-Sooby.

Please consider ordering this publication for your university’s library.

New association: Women in French Australia

The Australian Society for French Studies is pleased to note that an Australian branch of the Women in French Association has been established. The network is based on and attached to the WIF programme in North America, and the executive committee is composed of the following ASFS members:

President: Christie Margrave (ANU) 

Vice President: Bonnie Thomas (UWA) 

Secretary/Early Career Researcher Representative: Françoise Campbell (Royal Holloway/IMLR) 

Communications Officer/Postgraduate Student Representative: Beth Kearney (UQ) 

International Liaison Officers: Natalie Edwards (U of Adelaide), Chris Hogarth (UniSA) 

The first WIF Australia panel, “Mediating Connections in Women’s Life Writing”, will take place at the ASFS virtual conference in December 2020. The association will also be launching a seminar series in the weeks to come, beginning with an Introduction to the Inaugural WIF Australia (Wif-Oz), a virtual event to take place on Friday November 6th, 2020 at 5.30 AEST. The committee is seeking approximately 10 participants each giving a 3-5 minute paper on their work in Women in French Studies. A Q and A session will follow the papers. If you are interested in participating and presenting at this event and in being a member of the network, contact wifaustralia@gmail.com.