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“I used [the song] “J'ai Le sang blues” with my French I students to help them practice the alphabet. [Now] my students request “J'ai le sang blues.” They love it! I have also used the [music] video “Qu'est-ce qui t'amène" for all levels. In French AP in particular, I used “Qu'est-ce qui t'amène" to begin my unit on personal relationships and we discussed all of the relationships we see in the video. We studied the vocabulary of the song and the students thought the choice of this video was very clever. Every time I listen to the CD I find a new way to use the songs. Merci!”

Andrea Henderson
French Teacher 9-12
Elkins High School
Missouri City, TX

"Just when you thought educational materials on the life of music of Carole D. Fredericks could not get any better, out comes the Anniversary Edition of Tant qu'elle chante, elle vit! Now, not only can I use Carole's music with my beginning and intermediate French students, but I also can use it with my advanced-level students. The Anniversary Edition provides so many fun, exciting and instructional activities for the advanced levels that there is bound to be something to make every teacher and/or student happy! Plus for all those AP French teachers preparing their students for the new AP French Language and Culture Examination, the Anniversary Edition is the perfect tool for addressing the six examination themes."

Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D.
Professor of French and Fulbright Scholar
Northeast VP, Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Canisius College
Buffalo, NY

"My students find [Carole] very inspirational because many struggle with French and don't know why they should bother. When they see the joy on Carole's face as she sings in French or English, they realize just how meaningful her study of French was in her life and how music and art transcend the boundaries that often separate races, genders, nationalities, and age, particularly in the deep South."

Rosemarie Doucette
French Professor
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, SC

“Whee -- my package came a few days ago (thank you so much!) -- and I listened to the entire Couleurs et parfums CD immediately. I love it -- and the exercises, too -- especially those that are for the beginning levels. I cannot wait to incorporate them into my curriculum this fall…!

Joan Barnett
French Teacher; Chair, Department of Foreign Languages
Tandem Friends School
Charlottesville, VA

“I teach French at Mississippi State University and I have been watching Carole for years but never had any idea that she was from the US. I am always trying to find francophone [artists] who are black because so much of what we see from France is white… [Carole Fredericks] is an excellent role-model for any American student of French! I loved your sister!!!”

Bob Raymond
Instructor M. A.
Mississippi State University

“I'm teaching a January intersession immersion class, which I opened with the wonderful video of Un, deux, trois from Tant qu'elle chante, elle vit. As ever, students of all ages loved it. (This time from age 19 to 84 -- and no, I'm not kidding!) The story of how rock 'n roll hit these three musicians is so persuasive. I just love it... Obviously, it's a shared experience for me personally, as I am a child of the sixties (!), but I'm thrilled to tell you that I've just shared it with my youngest (Rachel, age 15), who also loves it. Thank you, thank you, thank you again, to both you and Nancy [Gadbois]-- mille fois! -- for sharing Carole Fredericks’ legacy with my students and my child.”

Charlotte Gifford
Professor of French and Spanish; Chair, World Languages
Greenfield Community College
Greenfield, MA

“I am a French teacher in a Middle School (Chicago Public Schools). The videos and songs by Carole Fredericks are wonderful! The students enjoy them! I wished we had more clips and songs from Carole. Merci beaucoup for allowing us, the students and teachers, to appreciate and enjoy Carole Fredericks.”

Selma Saidane
French Teacher K - 8th Grade
Kellogg Elementary School
Chicago, Il