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UNA Celebrates National French Week

Nov. 01, 2023

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – The Department of Foreign Languages at the University of North Alabama will celebrate National French Week through Nov. 8 with a variety of campus-based cultural events, including Croissants with the French Club on Friday at 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of Wesleyan Hall. 

“National French Week is a week-long celebration of the French language, spoken by 321 million people around the world,” said Dr. Stephanie Coker, Associate Professor of French. “This year marks our eighth French Week at UNA, and it is a time to celebrate various aspects of French and Francophone, or French-speaking, cultures – the food, the music, the games.” 

The week also spotlights opportunities student have to study abroad in Paris, enjoy a French Conversation Table, hear from a recent graduate selected for the Teaching Assistant Program in France, or TAPIF, as well as celebrate undergraduate students being inducted into the National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi. 

“The in-depth study of Foreign Languages and exposure to other cultures are an important part of the collegiate experience,” Dr. Coker said. “It offers students a chance to broaden their worldview as they are pursuing their studies and to prepare them to be global citizens. Here at UNA, students can even be immersed in these cultures with our education abroad programs to France, Spain, and Germany. Ultimately, if they plan to work or travel abroad, foreign languages can open the door to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and an enriching exchange of ideas.”

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/