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French dual language programs are rapidly expanding across the United States 

A growing number of public schools in the United States offer bilingual language immersion programs. Designed for children of many backgrounds, these immersion programs offer students the opportunity to take classes in both English and French. Because subjects such as math, science or history are taught in French in these immersion programs, French becomes the medium of instruction rather than a foreign language.

Today, bilingual education is unquestionably the most original and effective solution to meet the challenge of opening the United States to the French language and the Francophone world.

The benefits of bilingual education are now recognized by all. Alongside greater open-mindedness and improved cognitive and intellectual agility, those who benefit from bilingual education are better positioned to access top-tier universities and gain entry into an increasingly globalized job market.

French dual language programs are developing rapidly within the American public educational system. The network of French dual language programs now serves close to 30,000 students. Today, 88 cities in 27 states offer English-French dual language programs in over 150 schools. Louisiana has officially announced its objective to increase the number of students in French bilingual programs from 5,000 to 25,000 within the next five years. Since the beginning of 2016 alone, three schools in California, Arizona, and Texas have announced the launch of new Francophone bilingual programs, and new programs are currently developing in Massachusetts as well.

FACE Foundation and Embassy financial support for French dual language programs 

Recognizing the momentum behind French bilingual education in the United States, the FACE Foundation has recently launched anambitious initiative: the French Dual Language Fund. This Fund supports French bilingual education across the United States, offering quality intellectual and multicultural education, as well as increased opportunities to succeed professionally in our globalized world. French President Emmanuel Macron inagurated the French Dual Language Fund on September 20, 2017 at the Graduate Center of CUNY, catalyzing a new generation of dual language education. 

 

 

Specifically, this Fund is separated into three main initiatives: an annual grant program in the form of a call for projects; a scholarship program for students who will become bilingual teachers; and a program to support French teaching interns in schools.

In 2007, the FACE Foundation became an important partner in the launch of French dual language schools in New York. A grant-making program within the FACE Foundation, the French Dual Language Program in New York, was created to promote the development of English-French bilingual tracks within New York City public schools. The first track was launched in 2007 in Brooklyn with one teacher and 24 students. Since then, New York has seen a marked expansion of such programs, with over 50 teachers serving nearly 1,400 students in ten schools. New schools will expand offerings in the coming years, with three programs set to take off soon, and seven parent groups are currently organizing to start new programs in neighborhoods across the city.