Bienvenue to the 2023 Francophonie

There are many new exciting events coming up at school, and the French class’s Francophonie is definitely one of them. As the countdown continues, big preparations for the event are already being seen across campus. Our fellow French students are preparing for the big event on March 29th.

The Francophonie has been celebrated at ANS for many years. It’s considered a very important event for the French-speaking population across the world for more than 30 years. The origins of its start in 1988 when the celebration of the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on March 20th, 1970.

But what many don’t know is that the Francophonie is also an institution that since 1970 has been devoted to promoting the French language, culture, and economic relationships alongside the other 88 member countries of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). This represents around 274 million Francophones around the world, as French is the 5th most spoken language in the world.

Informative Poster: The Journée Internationale de la Francophonie posted in the Math Hall/ Photo taken by: Vanessa Ocampo

Organized and created by ANS’ French teacher Ms. Karen Corea, the Francophonie will be an event full of many exciting performances. Ms. Corea shares that “We are preparing the French students for the 29th of March at 11:30. There are many activities with different performances like music, and roleplays.” (Eye of the Tiger didn’t want to spoil any special surprises, so you’ll need to wait and see it for yourself).

Regarding what inspires Ms. Corea as the head of the event, she expresses that her “passion is really the French culture, but this year some students have inspired me. I think that some of my passion has transferred to my students.”

Poster created by ANS French students promoting Francophonie./ Photo taken by: Vanessa Ocampo

As this school year is nearing its end, and students all over campus are choosing their courses for the next school year, some may wonder, how can they be part of the Francophonie next year? 

There are two options. The first, is becoming a French student, by joining any of the French courses available. Which one you join may depend on your level. For beginners, ANS offers French I or Intro to French. If you would like to just participate in this fun event, you can join the Francophonie workshop on Flex Days..  

Thanks to the French students and their teacher Ms.Karen Corea for bringing us this amazing show on March 29th.

To find out more, check out this watch posted by ANS French students about the Francophonie here:

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