Le Grand Concours 2020 - like no other!


For the first time this year, the National French Contest was 100% online for levels 01-5.  This change proved to be very lucky, as students were able to participate despite school closures through a remote proctoring process.  While most teachers in Central New York tested before schools closed due to the pandemic, some were able to complete testing in March or April during the extended prize eligibility period.  Despite these difficult circumstances, Central New York French students performed admirably.  Bravo et félicitations!


In our chapter, over 600 students participated, from FLES all the way to Level 5.  21 students earned gold medals, 37 earned silver medals, 57 earned bronze medals and 105 earned honorable mention certificates.  A special congratulations to the platinum medal winner, with a perfect score on the level 2 exam!


As in the past, the AATF of CNY is committed to recognizing students’ achievements in the National French Contest.  Local prizes are awarded to the top scorer(s) in each level of the exam, and the AATF of CNY provides printed certificates for national winners and blank participation certificates for any test-taker who did not rank nationally.  Because of the extension of the testing window this year, prizes were somewhat delayed.  The AATF of CNY shipped or delivered prizes to teachers’ home or school addresses in early June.


With the hope that the 2020-2021 school year will approach something like normal teaching conditions, the dates for the 2021 Grand Concours have been set.  They are:


FLES: February 14-March 1

Levels 01-5: February 17-March 31


Information about ordering for le Grand Concours 2021 will be available in late fall or early winter.

Denise C. Mahns, DML
Vice President and National French Contest Administrator
American Association of Teachers of French, Central New York Chapter


    Please contact Denise Mahns at grandconcoursaatfcny@gmail.com with any questions about the National French Contest.




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