French-speaking population according to the US Census Bureau

The latest U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey reports that 1,203,941 people in the U.S. speak French at home.This includes speakers of French Patois and Cajun.  These individuals are over 5 years old (count another 4.6% if you want to include children under 5, or 55,380 children). Despite a drop since my last count, French is still the fifth most common non-English language spoken in U.S. households, after Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

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The James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award

I am honored beyond words to be the next recipient of The James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award from NECTFL, and to be the first French national to receive this prestigious prize. Past recipients include the Hon. Paul Simon, President Jimmy Carter, the Hon. J. William Fulbright, Sesame Street, blues musician Taj Mahal, and journalist Diane Rehm. The addition of my name to this list gives me immeasurable pride. The ceremony will be on February 14, 2020 during the NECTL conference in New York.

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[FR] Épisode 5 : Joseph Dunn, porte-drapeau du français en Louisiane

Dans l’épisode 5 du podcast “Révolution Bilingue”, je m’intéresse à la langue française en Louisiane.

Si le français revit ces dernières années en Louisiane, on le doit notamment à Joseph Dunn, qui se bat depuis des années, avec d’autres, pour le bilinguisme et la défense du français. Lorsque la Louisiane est entrée dans l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie l’an dernier, “mon rêve est devenu réalité” dit-il.

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Entre Dos Podcast Features the Bilingual Revolution

I was invited to speak on Entre Dos, a podcast created by Monika Leal and Paula Niño Kehr, both native Spanish speakers raising bilingual daughters. Each week, they bring stories of real families, conversations with experts, important research and resources to inspire and help their readers raise their bilingual child.

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The Bilingual Revolution Reviewed by Kathleen Stein-Smith

Cover Art by Raymond Verdaguer

Here is a recent review of my book, The Bilingual Revolution, The Future of Education is in Two Languages, written by Kathleen Stein-Smith, Chair of the AATF Commission on Advocacy, for the Global Studies Literature Review, published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

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Want to Empower Multilingual Families and Linguistic Communities with a Book?

Too often researchers and educators have valuable knowledge to share with the world and lack the confidence to put down their ideas in a book. As someone who went through these steps, I can only encourage you to tell yourself “It’s possible and I can do it.” Publishing The Bilingual Revolution has opened so many doors to me, and brought so many rewarding exchanges with people over the world. If you have a how-to book in mind, a dissertation, an essay that can help families and communities around the world, consider this opportunity!

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[FR] Antoine Vaccaro parle de philanthropie et de mon livre “Partenaires inégaux”

Antoine Vaccaro (credit FMSH)

Antoine Vaccaro est un spécialiste français de la levée de fonds et de la philanthropie. Il est également le président du CerPhi, le premier institut d’étude et de recherche français dédié à l’étude de la philanthropie, et de Faircom, un groupe international d’agences spécialisées dans la levée de fonds au service de plus de 100 organisations caritatives.

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