New York City’s Arabic Dual-Language Program Is Thriving

P.S./I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn hosts New York City’s only Arabic dual-language program. From pre-K to 5th grade, and soon 8th grade, it is always a joy to see the children flourish in two languages. After several months of extensive collaboration and planning, the Arabic dual-language program at P.S./I.S.30 opened its doors in September 2013. The dual-language curriculum was designed as a split day, where morning classes are taught in Arabic and afternoon classes in English, or vice versa.

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Inauguration of New Mural by French Artist Hervé Tullet at P.S 84

French artist Hervé Tullet has done it again! This time he has touched two school communities in Manhattan: P.S. 84 The Lillian Weber School of the Arts and Lafayette Academy (M.S. 256). Both schools boast a French dual-language program and now a beautiful collection of artworks painted by the entire community. Even an entire wall was unveiled, showing the impact of art in getting a community closer together.

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Sylvia Wellhoëfer and the Bilingual Revolution in German

Sylvia Wellhoëfer is a German mom I met a few years ago in Brooklyn. With a group of parents she created NYC’s first German dual-language program and she was the inspiration for my chapter on German in my book, The Bilingual Revolution. One thing leading to another, we are launching this book’s German version at Goethe-Institut New York on January 8 (see Book release of Die bilinguale revolution). I am pretty sure this will trigger many more good things here and in Germany.

Book cover credit: Raymond Verdaguer

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Happy 2019!

2018 was rich in fruitful collaborations and rewarding experiences: From non-stop advocacy for multilingual education through keynotes and book talks around the U.S., in Mexico City, and in Paris, to launching The Bilingual Revolution‘s Russian, German, and Spanish versions; my podcast Révolution bilingue with French Morning; and the book releases of Partenaires inégaux by Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and Stanley Kubrick: The Odysseys with Books We Live by.

May 2019 be even more interesting and life-changing!
Happy New Year!

Photo Credit: Nathalie Charles, Global Language Project.
Book Cover Credit: Raymond Verdaguer

Multilingual Education Fair in Washington, DC

I am thrilled to keynote during DC’s upcoming Multilingual Education Fair on January 26. Co-sponsored by the key education institutions of the District, the fair features 70 exhibitors covering 12 languages to allow you to explore and deepen your linguistic and cultural skills, and learn about careers where language skills are crucial.

In the news:

DC celebrará la edición 2019 de la Feria de Educación Multilingüe (El Tiemp Latino)

2019 Multilingual Education Fair of DC (Arab-America)

[FR] Episode 3: Révolution bilingue avec Christine Hélot

Retrouvez l’épisode 3 du podcast Révolution bilingue avec la Professeure Christine Hélot qui revient sur la situation de l’éducation bilingue en France, la place de l’anglais, de l’arabe et des langues régionales. Pour elle, les enfants sont en devenir bilingue et il faut valoriser toutes les langues.

A écouter ici : https://bit.ly/2BvSvtj  ou sur iTunes.