TFS (Texas French Symposium)
The Texas French Symposium (TFS) is non-profit organization that offers an annual competition held for high school students (non-native speakers) in order for them to demonstrate their skills in the French language. French teachers from Texas may bring students to compete in oral events, academic tests, art and music as well as sports competitions. While students are competing, teachers help with judging and event operations, based on a different theme each year. The symposium is financed solely by student registration fees and contributions from local and francophone businesses. The organization of the contest and the judging of individual events are done by volunteers arranged by the host school.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recognizes the Symposium as the official state competition for high school students and considers it UIL (University Interscholastic League) equivalent. The UIL is an inter school organization that provides educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The initials UIL have come to represent quality educational competition administered by school people on an equitable basis. It is also recognized by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).
900 students from 44 different schools participated in the event April 1st and 2nd 2016, 150 more than 2015, on the theme La Louisiane.
This year, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston awarded the laureate a language stay in the Junior Campus program, provided by Planète Langues, in Rambouillet, France, during the summer of 2016.
Susan Dworaczyk, présidente du Texas French Symposium