FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

French Dual Language Fund


French dual language programs offer bilingual education and an exceptional multicultural learning environment to children in public schools across the United States. With classes conducted in both French and English, these programs draw from the best educational models that both countries have to offer.

In recent years, demand for French dual language education in the United States has been on the rise. Today, more than 30,000 students benefit from a public bilingual education with more than 160 French dual language programs in 29 American states.

What is the French Dual Language Fund?

The French Dual Language Fund aims to expand and strengthen existing French dual language education programs throughout the country, and support the launch of new programs.

To these ends, the Fund facilitates three main initiatives:

– Annual Grant Program

An annual grant program of $150,000 to support pedagogical projects in public dual language and immersion programs.
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– French Teaching Intern Grants

A French Teaching Intern grant program of $80,000 per year to help schools host native French speaking teaching interns.
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– Future Immersion Teacher Fellowship

A scholarship program of $150,000 per year, the Future Immersion Teacher (FIT) Fellowship, to support future French immersion teachers as they pursue specialized graduate degrees and certification programs.
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– French Professional Development Summer Institute

The Institute will provide teachers with training in curriculum development, classroom management and use of resources specific to French DLI, as well as the opportunity to network and work closely with professionals in the field.
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Inauguration of the French Dual Language Fund

Under the high auspices of President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation inaugurated the French Dual Language Fund on September 20, 2017 at an event co-hosted by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


The French Dual Language Fund is made possible by contributions from:

– Chanel, Inc.
– BioMérieux
– Florence Gould Foundation
– Alfred & Jane Ross Foundation
– Best Buy
– French-American Aid for Children
Private Donors

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Mathieu Ausseil
Education Attaché, Head of Educational Affairs Department,
French Embassy in the United States

Nelson Lepicouché
Program Officer, French Dual Language and Immersion
French Embassy in the United States