Is French An Important Language?

It all started with our fundraiser’s kick-off party in December 2014. Our campaign, which saught to raise $2.8 million to support the development of French-English bilingual programs in NYC’s public schools, caught the attention of the New York Times’ Kirk Semple. He wrote a story which shot up to the top of the most e-mailed list on the nytimes.com web site and held the number one spot for a remarkable 24 hours, which is extremely rare. This amount of interest totally surprised all of us, even the author. Little did we know that there was more to come!

The New Republic’s John McWorther went on with publishing “Let’s stop pretending that French is an important language” which raised heaps of comments and rebuttals, including Zach Simon’s “In Defense of French” in the Huffington Post, Rob While’s “7 Reasons You Should Teach Your Children To Speak French” in Business Insider, Rob Dreher’s “Why Learn French?” in the American Conservative, and Frank Pool’s “Learning French, and the death of languages” in News Journal.

Simultaneously, the French press started to get interested, to the point that all French media outlets came to talk about New York’s bilingual programs. Le Monde, Le Figaro, France Info, I-Tele, France Inter, France 2, Slate, Le Parisien, TV5, to name but a few. We have listed some of these stories below.

 Dr. Fabrice Jaumont


See articles below:

2015

"Bilingualism as the key to the future of French in the U.S" Gaetan Mathieu - Language Magazine"How Schools' French Dual-Language Programs Are Changing NYC Neighborhoods" Amy Zimmer - DNA Info"5 Ways You Can Help Create the School You Want for Your Child" Amy Zimmer - DNA InfoFrench Banned From Canada and the US? Llyane Stanfield - Huffington Post

"Aux États-Unis, l’avenir de la langue française passe par le bilinguisme" Gaétan Mathieu - France-Amerique"La Revolution bilingue a Brooklyn" Ivan Kabacoff Destination Francophonie TV5 Monde"Destination Francophonie avec Fabrice Jaumont" - Ivan Kabacoff Destination Francophonie TV5 Monde A New York, tout le monde sera bientôt bilingue. Mehdi Lazar. La Tribune

 

2014

"A Big Advocate of French in New York’s Schools: France" by Kirk Simple - The New York Times"Let's Stop Pretending That French Is an Important Language" by John McWorther - The New Republic"7 Reasons You Should Teach Your Children To Speak French" by Rob Wile - Business Insider"In Defense Of French" by Zach Simon - Huffington Post"Learning French and the Death of Languages" by Frank T. Pool - News Journal"Why Learn French" by Rob Dreher" - The American Conservative"The Languages of Business" - Bloomberg Rankings"Education : Le New York Times salue les efforts du gouvernement français... à New York" par Laureen Laboret - French Morning

"New York public schools offering bilingual French-English tuition" - AFP"Making Language Immersion Fun for the Kids" Danielle Pergament - New York Times"What You Need to Know Before Sending Your Child to a Dual Language Program" Amy Zimmer - DNA Info

"Il y a un retour de hype du français dans les écoles de New York, et c'est grâce au gouvernement français"  Alexandra Le Seigneur - Slate"A New York, apprendre le français à l'école, c'est tendance" Sarah Albert - Grazia"Révolution française à New York" par Vincent Destouches - L'actualité"Le Français, un must dans les écoles de New York (Featuring PS84)" Géraldine Woessner - Le Parisien"Enfants américains, arretez d'apprendre le français" - Slate"A New York, il est chic d'étudier le français" Maurin Picard - Le Figaro"Le français a la cote (Featuring NYFACS)" - i>Tele Canal+"Le succès des écoles bilingues aux Etats-Unis" Charlotte Alix - France Info"Michelle Obama fait la promotion de la culture française" - Le Figaro"La langue de Molière au pays du burger" Yolaine de la Bigne - Europe1"Les écoles bilingues ont la cote à New York" Guillaume Debré - TF1"A New York, des classes bilingues franco-anglaises très prisées" Stéphanie Lauer - Le Monde"Etats-Unis : l'apprentissage du français, la nouvelle tendance new-yorkaise" - France 2"A New York, le français en vogue au sein d'écoles bilingues" - AFP"Dora l'Exploratrice, en français et en arabe, ça ne serait pas une mauvaise idée" Claire Levenson Slate"Le français en vogue dans les écoles de la Grosse Pomme" Marie-Joelle Parent - Journal de Quebec + Journal de Montreal"La langue de Molière à New York" Catherine Francois Radio Canada (est sorti en boucle sur la tv, la radio et le web)Radio Canada Saskatchewan, émission de Doris LabrieLe français en vogue à New York - Huffington Post Quebec"Une révolution bilingue aux États-Unis?" Dominique Arnoldi - Radio Canada"La « révolution bilingue » d’un Français à New York" Laurent Marchand -  Ouest France"Ces français qui font aimer la France" Claude Vincent - Les Echos"Le Grand Journal de New York avec Fabrice Jaumont" - Sabrina Quagliozzi, sur BFM Business

 

 

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