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The French Embassy Honors Three Bilingual Revolutionaries

Last night was another big win for the Bilingual Revolution, which continues to sweep through New York City and the United States at large. Taking the stage at the French Embassy this Tuesday were three educators who were honored for their efforts in spreading the revolution to their schools. 

Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy,…


Added by Earlene Cruz on May 11, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

In the Spotlight: Elise Goujon, Your Francophone New York Tour Guide

A business trip to New York inspired a career change from marketing to tourism — from marketing manager to tour guide — employee to entrepreneur. Elise is her name, the founder of New York Off Road, which is a tour company…

Added by Earlene Cruz on February 16, 2016 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

In the Spotlight: Maud Heline, Designer - Entrepreneur - Mom

Maud Heline is her name and that of her brand, which she purposefully named so to make her company an extension of herself --- of her past and future, which included working at extensive design houses in Paris and which she now promulgates as a pioneer of French fashion in New York. She's no amateur in the world of fashion, but despite this being her first time as an…


Added by Earlene Cruz on January 25, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

In the Spotlight: Roxane Revon, Pioneer of French Theater in New York

New York is an artistic mecca, at the crossroads of music and film, among other expressions, but that does not mean that all the gaps are filled. Upon her visit to New York City as a teenager, Roxane Revon realized that there weren’t many options for her to pursue her passion for French theater, so what…


Added by Earlene Cruz on January 10, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Second Annual Bilingual Fair is a Success in NYC

Over 800 attendees congregated at the Second Annual Bilingual fair, hosted by French Morning, bringing people from all over the New York State paying tribute to the flowering state of bilingual education in New York. 

From the Italian language to Chinese and German, and every possible language in…

Added by Earlene Cruz on October 5, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

New York, Meet Arc En Ciel, A Franco-American Pre-School for Your Petits

Arc en Ciel has a story as bright and colorful as its name: it begins with the founder and director, Vanessa Handal-Ghenania. Vanessa’s environment has been multilingual and multiethnic her entire life: born in Haiti to French parents, she grew up speaking…

Added by Earlene Cruz on April 19, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Global Support at a Local Level: The Bilingual Revolution Spreads

The Bilingual Revolution is gaining momentum. Most recently, on March 20, 2015, the International Day of La Francophonie, The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and Education en Français à New York (EFNY) launched the “Adopt a School” initiative. The initiative, which aims to support the spread of free, French…


Added by Earlene Cruz on March 30, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Virgil de Voldère Presented with the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in New York

On February 26, 2015, Virgil de Voldère was presented with the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, one of the highest insignias bestowed upon educators. He was presented with the honor by Ambassador of France to the United Nations, François Delattre. The insignia, which was established in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte, seeks to recognize purveyors of the French culture and…

Added by Earlene Cruz on March 1, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Up and Coming French Teachers are Awarded at the French Embassy

Finding talented and qualified teachers is key to the success of dual language programs. Luckily, a ceremony last week, celebrating the dedication of  current and soon-to-be French teachers confirms that the future for French-English Dual Language Programs in New York is brighter than ever.…

Added by Earlene Cruz on February 8, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Bilingual Booms in Brooklyn

It was a rainy morning on December the 23rd, but whether it was pre-holiday cheer or the children's natural joy - there was nothing but sunshine within the walls of the three Brooklyn schools we visited.
It was manifested in the form of songs, math exercises, and linguistic exchanges. These Franco-Anglophone linguistic exchanges to be exact. For the…

Added by Earlene Cruz on December 28, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

In the Spotlight: Nathalie Charles with Films on the Green

Nathalie Charles, Program Officer for the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York currently directs the Films on the Green Festival, an annual summer film festival that features free French films throughout various NYC parks. The festival is a rampant success - for many, it is a…


Added by Earlene Cruz on August 2, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Francophone Power Couple Launches Book in Chelsea

There couldn’t have been a better setting to launch a book about Africa, than at the Skoto Gallery in Chelsea, where amid the unique art…


Added by Earlene Cruz on June 29, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

An Embassy Graduation


Most people can’t say that they had their 5th grade graduation take place at an Embassy. The students of PS58, PS84, and the New York French-American Charter School are some of the lucky few that can say they did.…


Added by Earlene Cruz on June 22, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Bilingual Revolution Spreads To New Jersey


Dual language programs are contagious- they're catching fire all over the country, specifically in New Jersey where in Englewood Cliffs, Robert L. Kravitz, superintendent of schools, is making transformative change to the monolingual teaching environment that he stepped into just two years ago.


If one walks through the halls of the Pre-K…


Added by Earlene Cruz on June 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

On Board the La Fayette: The ‘Vehicle’ for Bilingual Exchange


A ‘petit morceau de France’ ported at the New York harbor in June, not only to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, but also to altruistically transport over 4,000 books that Adiflor, AMOPA…


Added by Earlene Cruz on June 18, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

In the Spotlight: New York French American Charter School


There seems to be not a single wall lining the interior of the New York French American Charter School (NYFACS) that isn’t vibrantly colored. This is symbolic of the school’s diversity, which truly represents a microcosm of New York City.…


Added by Earlene Cruz on June 10, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

In the Spotlight: PS 133 William A. Butler

From the outside, PS 133: William A. Butler looks like any other new school building – pristine brick stone- the finest infrastructure. It’s what lies inside the stones and the structure that really holds the school together and that sets it apart.  



Added by Earlene Cruz on May 25, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Happy 5th, New York in French!

From online dating to social media and virtual instruction, the Internet has exploded as a ubiquitous center of connection – it links people to others with like interests, individuals to their past, and advocates of similar ideas and cultures.…


Added by Earlene Cruz on May 21, 2014 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Burkinabé in New York


New York City boasts of a vibrant Burkinabé community of 6,000. Among them are students, models, and musicians.…


Added by Earlene Cruz on December 29, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Nigerians in New York

In 2008, the Nigerian government's efforts to fund the teaching of French at the basic and tertiary levels solidified the country's desire to make French an official language of the country, along with English. This effort marks a supported undertaking to establish a francophone presence in Nigeria, but the country's geographic proximity to francophone countries called…


Added by Earlene Cruz on December 21, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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