Teaching Assistants in France – now open

Applications for the 2019 round of the English Language Teaching Assistants programs in Metropolitan France and overseas departments are now open!


This program is designed to give students the opportunity to discover a new region and culture by working alongside an English teacher in a French school environment. It is not aimed at experienced teachers, and whether or you intend to become a language teacher, it is a fantastic opportunity to gain seven months of paid international experience, which is invaluable on a student’s CV.


All information, including details of the role, the contract, eligibility requirements and how to apply are available on the embassy’s website here:


ASFS Conference evening with Rodney Saint Eloi at AF Perth Tuesday 04 December 6pm

  Come at the Alliance Francaise to Meet and greet with award winning Haitian poet Rodney Saint Eloi.
The conference will be followed by Q&A and book signing session.

Tuesday 4 December.
6pm at Alliance Française de Perth, Nedlands

RSVP essential

Drinks and nibbles

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/conference-with-poet-rodney-st-eloi-tickets-52475105453?utm_term=eventurl_text

Special ASFS Panel Proposal for FATFA/NAFT 2018

Colloque FATFA/ NAFT

Invitation à participer à un panel sur le thème :

Réagir pour rebondir : la section de langue française au niveau universitaire

Plus que jamais les sections de langue française dans les universités australiennes doivent, pour survivre, se demander comment s’adapter à un contexte toujours changeant. Quel français peuvent-elles alors enseigner aujourd’hui et comment ?

Loin de regretter un territoire mythique de jadis, ou de chercher à le récupérer et le maintenir, ce panel visera à réagir pour mieux rebondir. Les participants pourront présenter des projets traitant des défis rencontrés mais aussi des possibilités offertes par les acteurs qui occupent des espaces mitoyens du nôtre. Enseignement secondaire (d’où viennent la plupart de nos étudiants) ; vie professionnelle (vers laquelle ils s’acheminent) ; collègues enseignants de langue dans la même section (le français faisant rarement bande à part) ; écoles de langue pour adultes (Alliances, instituts de langues privés) ; et puis, plus généralement, certifications et standards externes tels que DELF, DALF, TEF ou les niveaux du CECR : que font concrètement les sections de langue française pour reconnaître ces parties prenantes, collaborer avec elles et/ou s’en distinguer ?

Les communications (en français ou en anglais) pourront traiter, par exemple, de : la transition à l’université ; l’employabilité ; l’alignement de l’évaluation sur les niveaux du CECR ; les collaborations entre enseignants de diverses langues.

(Les membres de l’ASFS pourront bénéficier d’une subvention aux frais d’inscription.)

Envoyez votre proposition de 120 mots pour ce panel à Dr Barbara Hanna, b.hanna@uq.edu.au

CFP: Environment and Identity at ASFS 2018 in Perth

ASFS 2018

Environment and Identity

The University of Western Australia, Perth

5-7 December 2018

Postgraduate session on 4 December 2018

Keynote speaker: Rodney Saint-Eloi (Haitian-Canadian poet)

Landscape and the environment have long been central concerns of writers, artists and filmmakers. This conference seeks to reflect on the ways in which identity is created in relation to place. How do we make sense of our relations to environment and place and our interactions with our surroundings. For centuries, changes to urban and rural landscapes along with shifting patterns of migration have cause individuals and peoples to reshape their sense of self and their identities. Creative works dealing with questions of place and environment also commonly raise related social, political and economic issues And if in recent decades climatic issues have risen to the forefront of debate, how do these issues play out in mainland France and in the wider Francophone sphere?

This conference seeks to reflect on these and related questions within French and Francophone Studies. Our aim is to address these problems in a range of different contexts and time periods, and from a variety of methodological approaches.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) and for panels (three papers of 20 minutes each) related to the theme of environment and identity. We will also consider proposals that do not relate directly to this theme. Possible topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

Oceans and islands; environment and the emotions; ecocriticism and ecopoetics; questions of place in translation; environmental catastrophe and trauma; landscape and memory; the rural and the urban; gender, place and identity; identity and place in (socio)linguistics and language teaching; migration and environment; home and belonging in the global context; the anthropocene and the post-human; animals and place.

Please send your proposal of 250 words for papers in English or French, or suggestion of panels, to asfs_2018@uwa.edu.au by 1 July 2018.

Presenters will be encouraged to submit their papers for potential publication in Essays in French Literature and Culture no. 57 (2020).

Important dates:

  • Deadline for papers/panels submission: 1 July 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: August 2018
  • Earlybird registration: ends 5 September 2018
  • Full registration: 6 September 2018 onwards

Organising committee: Paul Gibbard, Hélène Jaccomard, Sabine Kuuse, Bonnie Thomas (University of Western Australia), Céline Doucet (Edith Cowan University), Sophie Patrick (University of New England).

Language Teaching Assistants, 2nd round

The below message is posted on behalf of Jason Bensen, Language Assistants Program Coordinator. Please contact him directly if you have queries about this program.



We have just opened a second round of applications for the language teaching assistants program in metropolitan France.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to immerse themselves in French culture, perfect their language skills, and gain professional (paid) experience by working as English teaching assistants with students of primary or secondary level. It is open to students of all disciplines who can demonstrate competence in French, and who are seeking to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency.

The first round of applications closed on February 9th but unfortunately not enough Australian students applied to fill the quota provided for Australia. We are therefore calling on your help to promote the second round, which will remain open until the 6th of March, to all Australian tertiary students who may have competence in French language and a desire to spend 7 months working in France!

All information, as well as the link to apply, are available here: https://au.ambafrance.org/https-au-ambafrance-org-Assistants-in-France

We appreciate the commitment that you have to the alliance of French and Australian cultures, and are counting on you to share our enthusiasm for this fantastic opportunity.

I am available for any questions regarding the program.
Best regards,

Language Assistants Program Coordinator
Embassy of France in Australia
6 Perth Ave, Yarralumla ACT 2600,Australia
T  +61 2 6216 0137 

Postgraduate Essay Prize 2017

ASFS would like to congratulate Belle Joseph from Australian National University for winning the 2017 ASFS Essay Prize with her paper, “‘Vivant de dignité de douleurs et d’alarmes’: Personalism in André Ulmann’s Poèmes du camp.”

The winners of the annual essay prize receive $500 and an opportunity to publish in the Australian Journal of French Studies.

Félicitations, Belle!