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Barry Ancelet & Randy Whatley Interview (1982)

En Français



Genre: French

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-01-3

Duration: 00:26:38

Subjects: French language | Education | Cajun French dialect


  • Fontenot, James Host
  • Ancelet, Barry Interviewee
  • Whatley, Randy Interviewee


This episode of the series “En Francais” from January 3, 1982, features James Fontenot’s interview with Barry Ancelet, the director of the Center for Acadian and Francophone Studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, and Randy Whatley, the author of a book on conversational Cajun French. They debate the merits of teaching standard French or the Cajun French dialect in Louisiana schools. This episode was preserved through a 2018 CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant.