American Association of Teachers of French

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) is a professional organisation for teachers of French in the United States founded in 1927. Teachers may be involved in primary, secondary, or university education. Additionally, retired and student teachers are welcome. Currently there are about 10,000 members.[1] As the interest in French has declined in the United States since 1980's, the organisation has held annual convention to bring together a cross-section of teachers and educators to find ways to promote French in traditional curriculum and other methods.[2]

The AATF's official publication is called The French Review, which has the largest circulation of any scholarly journal on the French language.[3] John Kneller, the fifth President of Brooklyn College, was its managing editor and editor in chief.

National French Contest

The National French Contest was established in 1936 by the Executive Council of AATF to help determine the relative student achievement in the learning of French in the United States. Originally the contest was called Le Grand Concours National de Français[4] but was later shortened to Le Grand Concours.[5]

The annual contest currently has around 100,000 participants from elementary schools to high schools in all chapters nationwide. There are seven levels. The first level called FLES is for elementary school students. Levels 01, and 1 to 5 are for grades 7 to 12. In each level, there are divisions A to E to separate students based on prior exposure to French. About 0.1% of all participants receive gold medals for National Rank 1. About 0.7% receive silver medals for National Ranks 2 to 3. About 8% receive bronze medals for National Ranks 4 to 10.[6]

See also


  1. "Convention annuelle de l'association américaine des professeurs de français à San Jose". France-Amérique. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  2. "Teachers Try to Renew Interest in French". The New York Times. 25 October 1998. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  3. "The FRENCH REVIEW". Western Washington University. Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  4. "PMA students top in French contest". Nashua Telegraph. 19 May 1982. p. 41. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  5. "1936–2010: Le Grand Concurs Celebrates 75 Years" (PDF). National Bulletin. 35 (2): 1. November 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  6. "Le Grand Concours 2011 - Statistics". American Association of Teachers of French. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2012.

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