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.