Road Map to Creating a Dual-Language Program

As the fourth most spoken language in New York City, with 116,000 speakers citywide, French is deeply entwined in New York's linguistic fabric. New York City is at the center of this bilingual revolution, with eight public schools offering dual language programs from grade K-6, and plans to extend those programs all the way to college. These programs were largely created as a result of the efforts of parents who put up websites, canvassed the neighborhood and worked with Principals to get the project off the ground. In the words of Virgil de Voldère who helped create a French-English dual-language program, parents should realize that "they really can make a difference, they can organize, they can propose, and they have a right to have their heritage and their language spoken in schools."

If you are considering the creation of a dual-language program in a NYC school the attached Road Map can become a very useful tool to organize your next steps. The Road Map was prepared by the Downtown/Midtown parent groups.  You can also download the following powerpoint for your presentations to parent groups, school boards, school leadership teams, PTAs, community boards, etc.  

A bilingual revolution has started. Join us.

Fabrice Jaumont

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The French Bilingual Revolution, a fundraising campaign

to support French-English dual-language programs.

Support us. The donations of individuals have allowed us to match the contributions coming from foundations and governmental agencies. You can donate online by clicking on the Network for Good link (please specify that you are giving the "French Bilingual Revolution"). All donations count.

These donations, contributed to the non-profit French American Cultural Exchange Council (FACE), are tax-deductible.They are used to create scholarships for future teachers, purchase books for dual-language classes, fund bilingual teacher training workshops, and bring enrichment programs in French to public schools. You can also send a cheque to FACE.  All cheques can be made payable to FACE, 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10075.

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Comment by L Roberson on March 21, 2014 at 1:54pm

Had NO idea about any of this nor of the initiative! Will most definitely spread the word among my NYC educator friends. I'm especially struck by the "Benefits of  Bi-lingualism." Motivates even folks like me who're distinctly NOT youngsters. Increased analytical approach to language? Improved math skills? Enhanced logic/reasoning? I'm fired up! (Now, if only I could say that in French. Sigh.)

Comment by Laura MARTIN on January 29, 2013 at 10:53pm
Bravo Fabrice!
Comment by Jasmine nedjar on January 29, 2013 at 9:51pm
Bonjour
Quelle grande initiative!
Je suis a la recherches de parents interesses par une classe bilingue a Riverdale PS 24. Nous sommes deja 2 parents interesses mais il en faut beacoup plus!

Merci de bien vouloir me contacter si vous etes interesses .

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Comment by Nathalie Charles on January 29, 2013 at 10:10am

It is growing so fast! congratulations!

Comment by Christelle Loupforest on January 29, 2013 at 9:17am

Hello,

Great initiative. I wish you could convince the Principal of the Sleepy Hollow public school to do bilinngual programmes French/English. So far they only do English/Spanish! In the meantime, I sent my kids to Lyceum Kennedy in Ardsley which is a private school.

C. 

Comment by Alessandra Benedicty on January 29, 2013 at 7:01am

This is an **AMAZING** report. Wow. Thank you!

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