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Francophone Conference to be held Feb. 17

Louisiana State University Eunice and its Francophone Canadian partners, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and Centre de la Francophonie des Ameriques , will be hosting a series of conferences on French-speaking education in environments where French is the minority language.

Students, educators and members of the community are invited to attend the free conference at LSU Eunice. The local conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 17 at LSU Eunice in Manuel Hall Room 208, from noon to 1 p.m.  And earlier conference will be held in Lafayette.  It will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lafayette South Regional Library, 6010 Johnston St., Lafayette.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Julie Rocque of the University Saint Boniface of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"In an environment where parents have two distinct backgrounds, one purely anglophone and one Francophone (French, Belgian, Cajun, Ceole, etc), the students have a different profile than those of mainstream America. This generates educational challenges, that teachers, school and parents have to assess," said Dr.Olivier Chatelain de Pronville, French instructor at LSU Eunice.  "Dr. Rocque will present the Canadian socio-cultural mandate of Francophone education in minority language settings and will explore the supports and structures existing to foster strong partnerships between schools, parents and community."

For more information, contact Dr. Chatelain de Pronville at ochatela@lsue.edu or 550-1272.