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Funding Areas

1 - Annual Grant Program

A. To create a francophone zone in every school

The diffusion of francophone education is facilitated in part by creating robust, appealing, and convivial francophone environments within schools. The objective is to provide all schools within the network of French dual language programs the resources to open a francophone zone in their library.

B. To adapt pedagogical resources to school needs

One of the major challenges teachers in bilingual programs face, regardless of their pedagogical approach, is the availability of resources in French that are adapted to American curricula.

It is also important to note that it will be a priority to develop and update digital resources at a time when teaching resources are rapidly diversifying, and tools such as tablets and interactive whiteboards are occupying an increasingly important role in the classroom. The French Embassy continues to work with the French Ministry of Education to make online pedagogical resources available in the U.S.

C. To provide professional development resources

Professional development for teachers is an essential factor for the enduring success of these programs. Targeted training allows teachers to not only reflect on their classroom experiences, but also to stay updated on trends in the field.

Each summer, ten American teachers will be selected to participate in trainings in France and in the United States. The Centre de Linguistique Appliquée, CLA, based at the Univer¬sité de Franche-Comté hosts training sessions in teaching French as a foreign language that will focus on bilingual teaching methods. CARLA, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition housed at the University of Minnesota, hosts Summer Institutes for teachers.

D. To support bilingual program school administrators

The final element of support provided for the network of French bilingual schools in the U.S. relates to the training of school administrators (heads of bilingual tracks and school directors).

The success of this educational model rests not only on the professional engagement of teachers, parents, and students, but also on the dedication of school administrators.

. This support is facilitated in part by Label FrancEducation, which organizes a bi-annual seminar in Paris for school directors aimed at identifying and exchanging best practices.

. Every other year, specific workshops will be offered as part of the International Con¬ference on Bilingual Education, organized by CARLA at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, in alternate years, a national meeting will be organized by the Educa¬tional Affairs Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

 


2 - Scholarships for Aspiring Bilingual Teachers

Another critical challenge for schools is recruiting new francophone teachers who are trained in bilingual education. The French Embassy works to supply schools with qualified bilingual teachers.

FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy have partnered with Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA) to offer scholar­ships that help aspiring teachers finance their master’s in Bilingual Education at Hunter College in New York City.

Since 2013, twenty-two scholarships have been awarded and many of these scholars now teach in dual language programs. The objective is to expand this project and to provide more scholarships each year to assist students in financing graduate programs in Bilingual Education. These grants will be distributed to candidates selected by an independent commission.

 


3 - Sourcing French Teaching Interns

The Embassy provides American students with greater exposure to native French speakers by facilitating the recruitment of French teaching interns from France. After being selected, French Master’s students come to work in the U.S. on J-1 intern or trainee visas. Teaching interns can perform 32 hours of small group instruction each week, making a significant impact on the growth of students’ language skills and appreciation for French culture.

For more information, contact Natalie Cox, program officer, at natalie.cox@diplomatie.gouv.fr

 


Contact


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

fdlip.usa@face-foundation.org

 

 


The Programs


Tournées Film Festival
Films on the Green
French U.S. Exchange in Dance with NEFA
French Dual Language Program
French Heritage Language Program
Partner University Fund
French Voices
Contemporay Music
French-American Jazz Exchange with MAAF
Contemporary Theater
Visual Arts

 



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