The 6th International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education

Last weekend, I participated at the 6th International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education: Connecting Research and Practice Across Contexts organized by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The CARLA conference was an impressive gathering of bilingual and immersion educators in Minneapolis. Patricia C. Gándara, Research Professor of Education, UCLA, spoke about the labor market advantage to bilingualism in the United States. Dr. Myrian (Mimi) Met presented an international panel on bilingual and immersion education in the United States, with speakers from Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Estonia, Finland, and Spain.
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Normandale, a French Immersion School in Minnesota

I visited an impressive French immersion school in Minnesota: Normandale elementary school in Edina.

Normandale is a K–5 French immersion elementary school with more than 600 students. Normandale follows the same curriculum as that of the other elementary schools in Edina. However, all curricular content is in French and English. Finding my way around the school was easy as all signs were in French: in the classrooms, in the hallways, and even in the cafeteria!

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“Mapping the resurgence of French in North America” – My interview for Language Magazine

I was recently interviewed by Language magazine for an article about the resurgence of French in North America, La Renaissance (published in the May 2013 edition). I had the opportunity to speak about the development of French dual language programs in New York, and in the United States. Continue reading