L'année du Sport et de la Langue Française aux Etats-Unis

As we look forward to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is organizing a series of educational activities that celebrate the unifying values of Olympism through the learning of French. This presents an excellent opportunity to remember that French is one of the Olympic languages, alongside English!

Throughout 2023-2024, schools and Alliances françaises will have access to an educational and cultural program supported by the Embassy and the French Language Fund of Institut Français. Additionally, contest winners will have the opportunity to participate in virtual visits of the National Museum of Sport in Nice, as part of our partnership with the museum.

We believe that through sports and the promotion of the Olympic spirit, the French language can help spread important messages to the contemporary American public, including gender equality, the fight against discrimination, sustainable development, and climate change. A better understanding of the history and culture of Olympism can also contribute to the influence of our language in a country that values sports so highly.

To this end, our project will focus on developing a wide range of activities that teachers and students can participate in. 


Film Screenings

Beginning in April, schools and Alliances françaises are invited to organize film screenings for young people and teenagers, regardless of whether they are bilingual or learning French as a foreign language. To ensure that teachers and educators are able to receive the links and codes to access the films, we kindly ask that they complete an online form. Once the form has been submitted, the links and codes for the film screenings will be made available upon completing the online form. 

Athleticus (DNL/ Bilingual Programs): 


Synopsis: The creatures of Athleticus display their distinct personalities and unique anatomical features as they engage in a variety of sports, including table tennis, fixed bar, bobsleigh, curling, skateboarding, breakdancing, diving, and synchronized swimming. This results in amusing or poetic scenarios, consistently filled with eccentricity.

The following animated film is made possible thanks to the partnership between the French Embassy and IF Cinema. By completing the online form below, you will have access to the first two seasons of the series. 


Ex Aequo (World language Programs) 


Synopsis: Experience ten episodes that present compelling narratives of professional athletes challenging discrimination rooted in factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. These stories bring to the forefront the voices of individuals asserting their right to be treated equally and stand on the podium without any filters or hierarchical distinctions.

The web series Ex Aequo, about inclusion and equality in the world of sports, is the result of a cooperation with IF Digital. The ten episodes present different Olympic and Paralympic figures: you can discover their journey and their fight against discrimination based on race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. The web series is aimed at teenagers in college and young adults. 

By completing the online form below, you will receive the codes to have access to this mini-series.



Pedagogical Trainings 

  • French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF)

The French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) offers pedagogical training on Olympism to teachers of bilingual schools.

The training, delivered in French, will take place virtually on May 6th, 2023. The objective is to offer new pedagogical resources to teachers by allowing them to teach French to their students through the themes of sports and the Olympic Games. You can also discover CNOSF educational resources on the French DLI website

  • CAVILAM – Alliance française 

CAVILAM - Alliance Française has designed an educational kit dedicated to the Olympic Games! The goal is to promote the theme of French, the Francophonie, and sports by highlighting the values of Olympism, the sports disciplines, and the men and women athletes who surpass themselves to reach the games and achieve the best possible performance in competition. 

This kit is intended for a wide audience in an educational context especially teachers and learners of French as a foreign language: an online webinar will help teachers use this kit in their teaching practice. 

  • Centre for Media and Information Education (CLEMI)

We're excited to announce that, in partnership with CLEMI, we'll be hosting a series of webinars focused on sports commentary and interviews! During each session, our expert speakers will share their insights and engage participants in interactive activities designed to reinforce the knowledge gained.

At the end of the webinar series, students will have the opportunity to put their new skills to the test by commenting on a Paris 2024 Olympic event!

Stay tuned for the announcement of the dates and times for the webinars, and don't miss out on this unique opportunity to develop your sports commentary and interview skills.

  • Learning Vibes 

In anticipation of our upcoming "Draw Your Logo!" contest, we're partnering with Learning Vibes to provide French teachers with a comprehensive pedagogical sequence. This sequence will include pedagogical sheets and technical guidance to help teachers effectively support their students in the creation of a logo that embodies the values of Olympism.

With this valuable support, teachers will have the tools they need to guide their students through the logo design process, helping them to unleash their creativity while staying true to the fundamental principles of Olympism.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to engage your students in a fun and educational design contest, through resources from Learning Vibes!



  • Legend contest: Headline a press photo like l'Equipe! 

We are offering an exclusive contest to all schools in the United States during the Rugby World  Cup in France next October! Participants must find a sports photo and title it as best they can, in the style of L'Equipe (French sports newspaper).   

We will make available the front pages of the sports press to provide models and examples for the student (ie: CLEMI and CNOSF) but they can be inspired by current events.  

  • Drawing contest: "Draw your logo!"  

Bilingual students or French as World language learners -whether they are in elementary or middle school- will be able to participate in a contest starting in September 2023.   

In view of the Paris Olympic Games, participants will be invited to propose an original logo for the Olympic or Paralympic discipline of their choice!  


The Olympic Dictation

During the month of November 2023 and on the occasion of National French Week, the French-speaking Embassies of the United States in association with the Embassy of France and the American Association of Teachers of French are launching a festive event to celebrate French speakers for all learners of French in the United States. This event takes the form of dictation, one of the most famous and popular school exercises in the French-speaking world.   

All elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to take part in the Dictée des Francophones, which will focus on the theme of Olympism. As last year, three levels A2, B1, and B2, will be offered to participants.  


Restez connectés ! Thank you for your interest in these initiatives and don't forget to stay connected as we update you with upcoming activities. 




We are grateful to our generous partners for their individual contributions to this collaboration. We would like to express our gratitude to the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), the National Museum of Sports (Nice), Institut Francais, CAVILAM - Alliance français, CLEMI, and Learning Vibes.