French program recognized by national organization as exemplary

Elon's French program has been recognized by the American Association of Teachers of French, the national organization of French teachers, as an Exemplary Post-Secondary Program with Honors.

French faculty, left to right: Sophie Adamson, Patti Burns, Olivia Choplin and Sarah Glasco. 

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) conferred the honor of Exemplary Program with Honors on the French program at Elon University on April 23, 2016.

This honor recognizes post-secondary French programs that demonstrate growth, innovation, pedagogical excellence, the support of colleagues and administrators, and the success of current students and alumni. Mary Helen Kashuba, past president of the AATF, wrote to congratulate Associate Professor of French Olivia Choplin, who submitted the dossier for consideration: “Our committee was especially impressed by your growth in numbers, both of faculty and students, your many activities, and your innovative programs. As a college teacher myself, I was especially pleased to see your interdisciplinary programs, and your creative courses. I hope that your success will continue into the future, and that you will inspire other universities to enhance their programs.” 

Several of Elon’s French faculty have been recognized for their teaching excellence and their collaborations with colleagues across campus. This semester, Associate Professor of French Sarah Glasco’s experimental course FRE 378: Cultural Shifts in France Through Music, will be performing the creative culmination of a semester’s worth of research and study of the May 1968 cultural revolution in France on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tap House in collaboration with students from Clay Stevenson’s MUS 310: Live Sound Production Recording. 

French students inducted into the national French honor society Pi Delta Phi on Monday, April 25, 2016.
Recent graduates with majors or minors from Elon’s French program are now working in internationalrelations, international business, education or pursuing graduate work in French or international relations. Two students from the class of 2016, Jackson Edwards and Zoe Heiberg, have been accepted into the selective Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) where they will spend a year teaching English at French primary or secondary schools. In the past two years, five French majors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. 

The exemplary program recognition means that Elon will be featured on the website of the AATF from 2016-2018, and Glasco will accept the award on behalf of Elon’s French program this summer at the AATF convention in Austin, Texas.