Hurtig returns from French conference in Canada
Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, an associate professor of French, represented Louisiana Tech at the 84th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Hurtig and Joyce Beckwith, director of foreign languages at Wilmington Public Schools in Massachusetts, co-presented at the conference in a session titled, “Allons au cinéma: Promoting French through Film.” The films selected vary from year to year; this year Dr. Hurtig selected the 2008 French comedy “Bienvenue chez les Ch’Tis (Welcome to the Sticks),” which, to date, has broken nearly every box office record in France. The film commends the region of the Pas-de-Calais, a remote northern region of France known for harsh winters and its cheerful inhabitants, les Ch’Tis, who speak a particular dialect called Ch’ti. Hurtig produced a booklet distributed to conference attendees as a pedagogical tool for use during National French Week in Fall 2011 or Francophone Week in spring 2012 on campuses throughout the US. Hurtig and Beckwith serve together as co-chairs of the Commission of the Promotion of French in the United States for the AATF. The commission’s main objective is to assist teachers by producing various documents such as flyers, guides and teaching ideas that promote French.