Bilingual Revolution in Manhattan

Parents in Manhattan won an important victory and were able to convince schools authorities about creating a French dual-language program in a public school in the Upper East Side. Their journey, which started two years ago, has culminated in a series of recent meetings with elected officials, school leaders, and community leaders. Hailing from a number of countries, some parents want access to English or French and the equal opportunity they provide. Others want to sustain their heritage, and utilize bilingual education as a tool to do so. Others are interested in the benefits of bilingualism for cognitive development. Others are interested in the acquisition of a second, third, or fourth language because of the professional opportunities and advantages it will yield. Ultimately, these perspectives share the same goal: to create a multilingual society with greater access to languages and cultures.

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Multicultural Exchanges and Francophonie in Nice, France

There is nothing more enriching than an exchange of perspectives with educators from all over the world, particularly when it is on the topic of bilingual education and the teaching of languages. On July 10, I was invited to present my book, La Révolution bilingue, to a group of educators from 20 countries during Francophonia’s gala event in Nice, France. The teachers, who specialize in the teaching of French in their respective countries, were receiving intensive professional development during the week. All showed great interest for multilingualism and the dual-language model that has taken the United States by storm.

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Episode 9 avec Bénédicte de Montlaur

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Diplomate, polyglotte et engagée dans le développement de l’éducation plurilingue, Benedicte de Montlaur est l’invitée du 9ème épisode de Révolution Bilingue.

De l’Allier à New York, en passant par l’Egypte et la Syrie, cette passionnée des langues et des relations internationales, aujourd’hui Conseillère culturelle auprès de l’Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis, nous confirme que parler plusieurs langues est à la fois un atout pour notre développement personnel et professionnel, mais aussi un pont vers d’autres cultures et imaginaires qui nous mène à des rencontres enrichissantes et une meilleure compréhension du monde.

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Episode 8: Peter Paine

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Juriste, homme d’affaire, philanthrope et francophile, Peter S. Paine est l’invité du 8ème épisode de Révolution Bilingue. Cet Américain, amoureux de la langue française depuis près de 70 ans, a fait de son bilinguisme une force à chaque étape de sa carrière. Tour à tour, Peter Paine a défendu la compagnie Peugeot aux États-Unis, sauvé de la faillite le Fort Carillon, sur l’Hudson, et soutenu de nombreux projets environnementaux autour du Lac Champlain.
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Le podcast “Révolution Bilingue” est proposé par French Morning avec le soutien de CALEC (Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities).