Francophone Day 2014
The Department celebrated La Journée Internationale de la Francophonie in March 2014. Throughout the day, our elementary and intermediate French students came to Trabant Center to view student exhibits and listen to the speakers. The featured themes this year were careers, volunteerism, study, and travel. Dr. John Quintus, a retired US State Department employee who is currently an adjunct professor at UD, talked to students about his career in the Foreign Service, and the usefulness of French language proficiency in this field. He cited examples of the types of careers students of French could pursue in government. Next, a number of our MA students made presentations on their native countries or regions: Marie Paillard and Gaëlle Le Diuzet focused on the history, culture, and gastronomy of Normandy; Alexandre Labat spoke about the Pyrénées Atlantiques region and the cities of Pau and Biarritz; Karim Rebiaï spoke about Belgium. MA student Anna Ogunnaike and BA student Maddy Becker shared their experiences as volunteers in francophone countries abroad: Anna discussed her work helping disaster victims in Haiti, while Maddy spoke about her summer spent teaching French to children in Morocco. UD students were surprised to learn that Maddy had just finished French 107 before taking on this experience, yet she was able to teach numbers, colors, and basic French to the children. Many thanks to the presenters, and to Ms. Donna Coulet Du Gard and Ms. Judy Celli, who coordinated the event.