In this presentation, Fabrice gives a dynamic description of the importance of being bilingual/multilingual and the value that it brings to individuals and communities. He describes the many dual language programs that are developing and thriving across the country, gives guidance for starting and sustaining these programs, and answers participants’ questions about the purpose and vitality of these programs.
PowerPoint Slides and Answers to Participants' Questions.
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About Fabrice Jaumont
Nicknamed “the Godfather of language immersion programs” by the New York Times, Fabrice Jaumont has more than 25 years of experience in international education and the development of multilingual programs. He currently serves as Education Attaché for the Embassy of France to the United States and is executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities; an adjunct professor in international education at NYU Steinhardt; and a research fellow at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. He hosts a podcast and a blog, speaks to audiences world-wide, and has published five books. The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages provides inspirational vignettes and practical advice for parents and educators who want to create a dual-language program in their own school. His most recent book, The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education, co-written with Kathleen Stein-Smith, touches on the issue of a foreign language deficit in the United States and sets the stage for a new paradigm in our approach to teaching and learning languages. Fabrice is a powerful advocate for immersion programs and bilingualism around the world. NECTFL recently awarded him the 2020 James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. Website: https://fabricejaumont.net/