[Upcoming Talk] 2021 European Language Label – Brussels

My next talk is on April 28 for the 2021 European Language Label ceremony. The conference and presentation are organized by The European Commission, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, FOREM, Bruxelles Formation, AEF-Europe and Epale. The aim of the European Language Label is to promote and encourage innovative initiatives in the teaching and learning of languages. It rewards new approaches in the field of language teaching, contributes to their notoriety and thus promotes good practices. By supporting innovative initiatives at local and national level, the Label seeks to improve the quality of language education in Europe.

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[Upcoming Book Talk] America’s Bilingual Century

Imagine an America where kids have even more chance for success, thanks to their experiences in dual language and community-based heritage language schools. Where businesses gain an edge globally because they can literally speak their customers’ language. Where lifelong learners can become more than tourists in other countries and finely hone their brainpower. Join us on May 6 for a conversation with Steve Leveen and Fabrice Jaumont presented by The Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools & The Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities.

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[Interview] The Personal and Global Benefits of Language Learning – Woman Around Town

I was thrilled to chat with Maria-Cristina Necula during this interview for Woman Around Town where we touched on the benefits of language learning both personally and globally, and why we should encourage our children to become multilingual. Maria-Cristina is a true example of this: She speaks six languages, two of which she honed at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Vienna, and she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center. Woman Around Town was founded by Debra Toppeta and Charlene Giannetti to help other women — natives and recent arrivals — get the best out of New York and Washington, D.C. Read the interview here.

French Dual-Language Program in Jeopardy in NYC

Following the recent decision by New York City’s Department of Education to drop a French dual-language program in Manhattan, as reported by various media (Batch, NY Post, TapInto), I wanted to express my full support to the parent-led effort that has involved hundreds of diverse families and dozens of nationalities united to create a new French dual-language program in Manhattan.

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Global CRED Positive Impact of Bilingual Opportunities with Fabrice Jaumont

Global C.R.E.D. brought together language learners from around the globe who want to grow and use their language skills. This live-streamed broadcast event connected learners with educators, learning and testing organizations, and companies that can provide career opportunities. Over 2,000 participants from 64 countries joined this two-day conference. This was my contribution. Watch the recording.

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Parent Panel: Supporting Non-Native Speakers in French Dual Language Immersions programs

Distance learning is difficult, but there’s an extra layer of complexity when our students are non-native speakers in a dual immersion program. In this panel, we learned from parents who have navigated distance learning while supporting their students in their learning. We also heard from school principals and teachers who have supported families in remote and hybrid learning during the pandemic.

Resources and Suggestions Shared by Panelists

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中国:一个新兴慈善大国的崛起

作者: Charles Sellen ( 美国印第安纳大学礼来家族慈善学院全球慈善研究员 ) ; Fabrice Jaumont (人文科学基金会教育科学基金会- FMSH)

2020年一月十九日,美国东部时间二十一点零一分

2015年马云在世界经济论坛的一场会议上讲话. Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum, CC BY

为应对当前的冠状病毒疫情,中国亿万富翁马云于1月31日承诺,将向武汉和湖北捐赠相当于1.44亿美元的医疗物资,并提供1400万美元帮助研发疫苗。就在几个月前,这位前教师离开了这家拥有逾10万名员工, 价值4500亿美元的公司,并宣布,他今后将投身于教育慈善领域。冠状病毒威胁的出现表明他也致力于支持公共卫生领域。

在中国,公众人物长期以来一直默默践行慈善,称为“公益志愿行动”。但考虑到马云财富的规模(全球第21位,约430亿美元),他的高调支持慈善表明中国的慈善事业正处于一个历史性的转折点。

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