Leveling Up Dual-Language Education in Massachusetts

I was thrilled to be in Springfield for Massachusetts Foreign Language Association’s 52nd annual conference. It was a special occasion for me to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Massachusetts is where I first moved in 1997 and coming back to give the keynote was truly an honor. I remember attending my first MaFLA conference 22 years ago, and this event has never failed to inspire me.

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Launch of The Bilingual Revolution in Arabic at 34th Sharjah International Book Fair

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I am thrilled to take part in the upcoming Sharjah International Book Fair where I will share the floor with an impressive list of participating authors, poets, bloggers, movie stars and award-winning musicians, including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, America’s most-loved host, Steve Harvey, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, Mark Manson, New York Times bestselling author, Elisabetta Dami, a bestselling children’s author from Italy whose Geronimo Stilton series that my daughters love, and many more authors according to Gulf Today: Over 60 luminaries to topline Sharjah book fair.

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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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Salon du Livre Paris

Salon du Livre Paris, one of the largest book expo in the world, provided a great venue for my book, Partenaires inégaux, and opened new opportunities for the upcoming translations of The Bilingual Revolution and The Gift of Languages. As an author, it is always rewarding to see one’s books’ journey through book fairs and events. Our books live a life of their own. It’s also exciting to see a growing interest for books like mine which provide fresh perspective on important topics such as the rise of dual-language education, and the role of philanthropy on higher education.

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