<EM>À Vous la Parole - MnAATF French Speaking Contest</EM>

A Vous la Parole



C A N C E L L E D !

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Coffman Memorial Union, U of MN - TC





The A Vous la Parole French speaking contest was founded in 1973 by Carleton College professor Michel Monnot, held that year at Carleton College, and then for many years on the campuses of small private colleges and universities in Minnesota continually under the sponsorship of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.

After a short break and some strategic revisions, the AATF Minnesota Chapter's AVLP has been hosted annually in UMN-TC's Coffman Memorial Union by the Department of French & Italian.

General AVLP Coordinators
Annie Muske

Lakeville South High School

AVLP Team Leader


Clare Hagen

District 196 Public Schools

AVLP Scheduling & Registration Coordinator


Betsy Kerr

University of MN, Dept. of French and Italian

Judges & Judging Coordinator

Important AVLP Information - REVISED JANUARY 2020
Announcement/Initial Interest Categories Info Revised Helpful Hints FAQ



AVLP 2019

The theme of the 2019 AVLP contest was "Le Langage est la peinture de nos idées." There were 1220 entries in the six categories: poetry/prose, song, theater, original skit, extemporaneous reading, and extemporaneous conversation - with a total of 22 subcategories.

This was the sixth year that schools particpating in A VOUS LA PAROLE received Armand and Madeleine Renaud Prizes. This year $590 in Amazon.com gift cards were distributed among the schools that had at least 10 entries in the contest. The teachers purchased French-related prizes for the students whom they deemed most worthy of the awards. :The prize is named in honor of Armand and Madeleine Renaud. In his will, Prof. Renaud (U of Mn TC longtime prof and one time Dept. Chair) left funds specifically designated for prizes for A Vouss la Parole. We are very grateful to the Renauds for their generous gift to the high school French students of Minnesota. Since the prize was established, $4200 in awards have been given).

This was the first year that the Concordia Language Villages offfered free scholarships to students earling ratings of EXCELLENT or TRES BIEN at A Vous la Parole. The scholarships were for 50% off tuition at a one-, two-, or four-week residential session at Lac du Bois, Haskensack.

30 schools brought student contestants for the 1220 entries on April 17, 2019.

The same team has been running the contest for the past several years. Annie Muske serves as coordinator and organizes the t-shirt sales. Clare Hagen heads up scheduling and awards. Betsy Kerr is in charge of judges and the on-site arrangements.


AVLP for 2021 will be held on Wednesday, April 21




AVLP Retrospective
2019 Recap 2018 Recap 2017 Recap 2016 Recap 2015 Recap 2014 Recap 2013 Recap 2012 Recap 2011 Recap 2010 Recap 2009 Recap 2008 Photos 2007 Photos 2006 Photos 2005 Photos 2005 Infos 2005 Reports 2004 Photos



A VOUS LA PAROLE RENAUD PRIZE

2014 was the first year that schools participating in A Vous la Parole received Renaud prizes. $750 in Amazon.com gift cards were distributed among the schools that had at least 10 entries in the contest. The teachers purchased French-related prizes for the students that they deemed most worthy of the awards.
The text printed on the accompanying certificates:
"Armand Renaud, emeritus professor of French, passed away in Minneapolis on February 16, 2012, at the age of 93. With his passing, the U of Mn TC Department of French and Italian lost a valued former colleague and generous supporter. In his will, Prof. Renaud left funds specifically designated for prizes for A Vous la Parole. [Student name] has been awarded one of the Armand A. and Madeleine S. Renaud Endowment Fund prizes."

Armand Renaud was born in the French-speaking community of LaSalle, Ontario, Canada, in 1918. A naturalized US citizen and US Army veteran, he graduated from Assumption College (Windsor, Ontario) and Wayne State University. He had intended to attend medical school, but during his studies in Paris, where he took classes in medicine and literature, he was increasingly drawn to literary studies. Upon his return to the US he received his Ph.D. in French at Yale University. After teaching briefly at Northwestern University, he joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1957. He served as chair of the then Department of Romance Languages for many years, where he introduced courses on existentialism, the theater of the absurd, and Francophone African writers, at a time when students in French Studies -and most teachers- had yet to discover the significance of African writers writing in French.

Born in France, Mr. Renaud's beloved wife Madeleine Renaud taught French at the Blake School in Minneapolis, where she was a wonderfully gracious teacher who gave generously and inspired many of her students to become fluent in French. She also provided help and support to Armand at the University of Minnesota. Both Armand and Madeleine remained strong supporters of French, spending their lifetime in service of "la civilisation française et francophone", especially in their work with and support for the Alliance Française and A Vous la Parole.

We are very grateful to the Renauds for their generous gift to the high school French students of Minnesota.

For information contact, Annie Muske: A Vous la Parole Coordinator


MnAATF website URL - http://mnaatf.org/avlp.htm [formerly: http://mnaatf.org/2.htm]                   created: 24 Oct., 2005               last updated:16 mars, 2020