Middlebury

February 24, 1997

French Language Foundation Contest Held at Middlebury
College

The annual International French contest of the French
Language Foundation will be held Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m.
at Middlebury College. The contest has two sections: one junior
and one senior. Junior participants were selected to represent
their schools at a preliminary contest held in November. The
senior section is open to U.S. citizens aged 18 and over, free
of charge, (as of March 29, 1997). Interested persons are urged
to pre-register by calling Middlebury College faculty member Nancy
O'Connor at 443-5722. The French Contest is part of the Dictée
Internationale de Français
, with prizes in excess of
$60,000. The highest junior and senior scorers for this state
will be the contest's state champions and will win an all-expense
paid trip to Québec City.

All seven junior and seven senior champions from
New England and New York will travel to Québec City on
April 4-6 to participate in the international phase of the contest.
They will compete in the Dictée Internationale de Français
with persons from North and South America, Europe and Africa.
This event will be held in the Assemblée Nationale, the
Québec parliament building, and will be televised worldwide
by satellite on TV-5, the international French-language network.

The French Language Foundation is a non-profit organization
founded and based in Manchester, N.H. The foundation seeks to
promote the study of French and the development of exchanges with
French-speaking nations and regions. This is the 44th year of
the contest. For more information about the French Language Foundation,
please call (603) 627-0505.