OLY Parle is a small non-profit, based in Olympia, Washington. It strives to expand horizons for young adults; the focus is mainly to develop ways for them to gain stronger verbal skills in a non-native tongue. The approach is exploratory with two-way interaction between facilitator and participants; the changing curriculum is tailored to the mix of participants. Such practice can open doors to professions using multi-lingual skills, sharpen appreciation of cultural and artistic expressions, plus seize opportunities to expand perspectives beyond a North American driven setting.
2019 Program Goals
The 2019 main program goal was to engage interns (part-time) over consecutive weeks spanning at least 6+ months for language practice. Those activities, gradually used to develop tools on verbal French fluency, may vary by participant. The facilitator is a native speaker. Program offers opportunities for attendees to share their use of the language, no matter how rudimentary. This is not a class in writing or reading or a textbook-based program. The main product will be recorded material (samples of the practice ; feedback and logs of individual barriers to verbal ease and ultimately fluency).
Objectives for OLY Parle 2020 and onward
#1 Continue to offer a cost-effective program
Keep overhead costs to a minimum; lower costs of reading supplies by tapping into e-resources; and aim for an affordable, yet professional quality sound component (Ongoing)
#2 Maximize use of Internet portal (mid-2020 launch)
Keep postings up to date; develop and nurture new ties with South Sound and prospective new markets, then adjust practice tools as needed (2021)
#3 Seek recognition for participating students (fall 2021)
Initiate outreach to local educational bodies (Evergreen and others) to seek acceptance of a credit award program toward the participating interns. This approach could facilitate their earlier readiness for graduation (requested by one participant)
#4 Implement and diversify French language-based initiative
Attract new members or draw returning members via a cultural & entertainment component. Provide fee-based (transportation) trips to venues with European themes outside of the area (2022). Contemplate future opportunities to bring on board another foreign language (2025)
#5 Explore the eligibility for capital or operating revenues
The program expansion and/or emerging need for a permanent, stand alone facility (2025+) may warrant the influx of capital revenues and/or an increment to operating revenues. In light of COVID-19, the remote ZOOM meeting option might become an attractive mid-term approach. Such an operational shift would reduce the need for a standalone meeting space. New technology investments in more advanced ZOOM features, including on line support, could become a priority.
Audio track illustrations by Annie Herzig
Audio track recordings and sound editing by Mike Mercker
Website design and development by Pixelsmith Design
OLY Parle contributors: Cantala, Célène, Clément, Framboise. Gentiane, Nashesha and Valérie