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Overview

In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE is proud to announce the launch of the French Dual Language Fund.

This Fund aims to support the burgeoning nationwide network of French dual language and immersion programs in American public schools. To this end, the Fund prioritizes training and supporting teachers and administrators, and promoting the design and diffusion of pedagogical resources for robust francophone classrooms.

 

 


Why French Dual Language & Immersion?

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

Dual language and immersion programs are developing rapidly, and distinguishing feature of these programs is that they are primarily established in public schools. For reasons that are evident, many bilingual tracks are English-Spanish; however, English-French and English-Chinese tracks also comprise the upper ranks as the three most common program types. The numbers speak for themselves: in 2000, there were an estimated 260 bilingual programs across language. Currently, there are over 2,000 programs identified by the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) according to the most recent survey, and the numbers continue to climb.

The French language plays an important role in this new phenomenon. As the second most-taught foreign language in the United States after Spanish, its influence within the American educational system continues to grow, particularly across the network of bilingual schools that reaches over 25,000 students. Today, 87 cities in 28 states offer English-French dual language and immersion programs in over 140 schools. Louisiana has officially announced its objective to increase the number of students in French dual language and immersion programs from 5,000 to 25,000 within the next five years. Since the beginning of 2016 alone, three schools in Arizona, Texas, and Utah have announced the launch of new programs.

In 2007, FACE became an important partner in the launch of French dual language and immersion schools in New York. A grant-making program within FACE, the French Dual Language Program in New York, has been created to promote the development of English-French tracks within New York public schools.

Recognizing the momentum behind French dual language and immersion education in the United States, FACE has recently launched an ambitious program: the French Dual Language Fund which aims to build an enduring network of dual language and immersion programs anchored firmly within the American educational landscape.

 


Call for Projects - 2017

It is with great pleasure that the FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy invite you to participate in the second Call for Projects of the French Dual Language Fund.

A total of USD $150,000 will be distributed this year to fund projects that support French bilingual education in the United States, a priority of our educational cooperation.

Projects should focus on one of the following four funding areas:

1 - Creating or developing a francophone environment in your school (for example, purchase of books, DVDs, CDs, or games for the francophone section of your school library OR organization of a francophone event such as film screenings, workshops with children's or young adult authors, theater clubs, and more.)

2 - Adapted pedagogical material for the classroom (for example, curriculum supports such as software, DVDs, subscription to TV5, etc. for your French class or subject matter class adapted for French immersion, and more.)

3 - Professional development for teachers (for example, sending teachers to France to the CLA or CIEP, sending teachers to the CARLA summer institute, or supporting the facilitation of workshops with experts identified by the district or the school, and more.)

4 - Initial training or professional development for administrators (for example, participation by an administrator in a CARLA summer institute, supporting the school to invite external experts or consultants to provide council on development of the bilingual program, and more.) The examples given are intended to provide guidance, but do not represent an exhaustive list of possibilities.

 

Application Deadline:
September 18, 2017

DOWNLOAD

- Guidelines & Eligibility [PDF]

- Application Form 2017 [PDF]


NOTE TO THE 2016 GRANTEES:

If an applicant received a grant for the previous grant cycle, 2016-17, applicant must complete and submit the final grant report before submitting a grant application for 2017-18.

 


Contact


Karl Cogard
Education Attaché, Head of Educational Affairs Department,
French Embassy in the United States

fdlf@face-foundation.org

 

 



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