Buenas tardes Monsieur le Président, Madame Macron, Monsieur Blanquer and distinguished guests,
Au nom du Graduate Center de l’Université de la ville de New York, je vous souhaite la bienvenue dans notre institution, institution publique dédiée à la recherche doctorale.
The Graduate Center joins you today in celebrating support for bilingual programs in the United States. At the Graduate Center and throughout all of City University of New York we are committed to advancing research, policy and practices in bilingual education, and to multilingualism and diversity of all kinds. So it is especially fitting that we join you and the Embassy of France in announcing an education fund that will support Francophone communities in their quest to ensure that their children become and remain bilingual, and that in so doing, the gift of bilingualism is spread to others.
I co-wrote a chapter in the newly issued Routledge Handbook of Heritage Language Education with Jane Ross and Benoît Le Dévédec: Institutionalization of French Heritage language Education in U.S. School Systems, the French Heritage language Program. Continue reading
How do you identify yourself? Are you American? French? Mexican? Latino? African? Haitian? Canadian? Quebecois? As the world becomes increasingly integrated and interconnected, cultural identity has taken on new meaning and importance. The ability to understand our own culture and the cultural heritage of others is essential for our shared humanity. It is also a powerful asset in a world that is increasingly more interconnected and competitive.
On Saturday, April 12, we examined these topics at the Lycée Français de New York with leading educators, policy makers, entrepreneurs and practitioners from around the world. The conference “My Culture, Your Culture: International Education for Success in the 21st Century” explored cultural identity and diversity, and how best to prepare our students for success in the future. You can watch the video of the different panels below. Continue reading