From The Boston Globe

Anne Slack, 94, TV teaching pioneer of ‘Parlons Français’

After the “Parlons Français’’ project, Mrs. Slack taught advanced French at Boston University and Harvard University.

By Stephanie M. Peters

A beautiful young woman with a large bouffant and perfectly manicured red nails, Anne Slack introduced French to more than 2 million elementary school children in the late 1950s and early 1960s by encouraging them to “écouter’’ and “répéter.’’

On the other side of television sets in third- and fourth-grade classrooms throughout central New York and greater Boston, students would do as Madame Slack instructed, listening and repeating the vocabulary and verbs she enunciated in an exact Parisian accent.

3
Leave a Reply

2 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
2 Comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Keith Douglas Warren

Je suis toujours souvenu Mme Slack, bien que je n’ai jamais appris à parler très bien le français.

[Ed.: Translation from Yahoo Babelfish: “I will always remember Mrs. Slack, although I never learned how to speak French very well.”]

Fred Barzyk

My first paid job at WGBH was directing the show “Parlons Francais” It was hosted by Anne Slack.

Nicole de rochemont

Hello there I remember meeting you oh so many years back. My husband Louis de Rochemont lll and I stopped by to say hello. After the niceties and the business at hand Parlons Français you asked my husband if he would agree to go to the studio where a new series on cooking was being taped . You spoke enthusiastically about it and then added that the husband of the lady called Julia Child was an admirer of Windjammer and wanted to meet him . We went on to the temporary studio where it was taped and met both Julia… Read more »