Info Letter for Le Grand Concours 2007

Dear French Teachers:

The Grand Concours 2005 is fast approaching! Hopefully this letter will find you planning for this special event In case you havenít yet ordered your material, I am sending you an order form for exams and tapes you will need for the secondary and the FLES* exams. Should you have questions concerning the contest I may be reached at e-mail: dkress@centenary.edu or by fax at (318) 869-5411. You can find out more about the Concours by consulting the website: http://frenchteachers.org/concours. Louisiana has made great strides in education in the last several years and in French Education in particular. In keeping with that progress it is very important to reward students of French. The Grand Concours is one especially good method to do this. Students in the top 20% will receive the Certificat díHonneur and the top 50% receive the Certificat de Réussite. Students in the top 10% receive bronze, silver or gold medals and numerous other awards. Moreover, you as teacher show parents and administrators that you are actively involved in your profession and working for the benefits of your students. Last year Louisiana had a great showing thanks to your hard work. Your success is even more remarkable when you consider that you compete against some very large groups. I look forward to hearing that you are participating once again this year.

Important Dates for this yearís Concours

Membership fees for the AATF need to be received by January 1, 2007.
Send to:
Executive Director, AATF
Mailcode 4510, Southern IL Univ.
Carbondale, IL 62901-4510

I must receive your orders for testing materials by January 25, 2007. Unfortunately, many teachers wait to order their materials. Beat the rush, order early!


Send orders to:
Dana Kress
Department Of Ancient and Modern Languages
P.O. Box 41188
Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA 71134-1188

The exam dates for FLES are Feb. 19-28.

March 5th Deadline for receipt of FLES answer sheets. You should mail FLES directly to Kentucky (All facing the same way in ONE package).
Send to:
Ken Tindle
Language Lab
312 Classroom Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0025

March 26th is the deadline for teachers to send recordings of FLES speakers.
Send to:
Jennifer Shaf
287 St. Johnís Wood
Fayetteville, NC 28303

The exam dates for the Middle School/Secondary portion of the tests are February 28th to March 24th.

I must receive your answer sheets for the Middle School/Secondary portion of the tests (Levels 01-5) no later than March 28th.
Send to:
Dana Kress
Dept of Ancient and Modern Languages
P. O. Box 41188, Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA 71134-1188

REMEMBER! Only original answer sheets will be scored. No photocopies will be accepted because they cannot be read by the machine. No previous answer sheets will be scored.

REMEMBER! Only original answer sheets will be scored. No photocopies will be accepted because they cannot be read by the machine. No previous answer sheets will be scored.

This letter comes to you as coordinator and does not reflect any new or additional teachers needing codes. If you have new teachers, please tell me their names in order that a teacher/FLES* code may be assigned. Again, this code will report correctly their results. Also, without the code their answer sheets may be rejected by the computer and not graded. At that point, there is nothing I can do

You can access a great deal of material online now through Centenaryís website. This includes the form to order testing materials (in case you misplace the enclosed copy), information about what level in which to place your students, and, most importantly, teacher codes. You can access this site at: ww.centenary.edu/french/louisiane.html. Just follow the link to the National French Contest which is on the left border of the page. National Headquarters will activate the "codes" page shortly before the dates for the exam. If you try to access this particular page before that date, you may find that, until National activates it, you may not be able to access the codes.

Should you have any questions about your materials or procedures please e-mail, fax or write immediately. My coordinates are included with this letter.

Sincerely,

Dana Kress
Professor of French
Centenary College of Louisiana