Building Bilingual Communities: New York's French Bilingual Revolution French DLP Downtown-midtown parentgroups MAY 16, 2013 - Fabrice Jaumont
Manhattan (French Consulate Stats) B A C D E F (A)PS84, (B)NYFACS, (C)LFNY, (D)LK, (E)UNIS, (F)EINY
Brooklyn (French Consulate Stats) A E C D B (A) PS110, (B) PS133, (C) PS58, (D) ISB, (E) PS20 (tbc)
MIDDLE SCHOOL (French Consulate Stats) A B C D E F G (A) MS256, (B) LFNY, (C) LK, (D) UNIS, (E) EINY, (F) ISB, (G) MS51
NYC’s FRANCOPHONE IMMIGRATION • Late 1990s = influx of young French-speaking families who could neither afford to live in Manhattan nor pay for private schools. • Steady increase in French-speaking populations, mostly in: • Manhattan • Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens, Bushwick, Canarsie) • Queens (Cambria Heights) • West Harlem • South Bronx • These populations include Caribbeans, West Africans, Europeans, Canadians, Central Africans, North Africans, etc.
French-speaking People in New York City *Total number of French creole speakers. According to Sociolinguist Flore Zephyr, 20% of Creole speaking people are bilingual in French ** does not include language speakers who declared other language (West Africans, etc) *Total number of registered French in the tri-state
More Schools NEEDED • 22 600 children who have French as heritage in NYC, • enough to fill 25 schools (NYC average 1/647) • Time 2 if considering NYC’s dual-language model (50% native speakers + 50% non-native) • Schools gain from new program = more funds, dynamic population, new opportunities for enrichment, better results.
Benefits of Bilingualism • Bilingualism increases mental flexibility for children. Bilinguals will have two or more words for a single object, concept or idea. • Bilingual children are more willing and able to learn a third language, and show an increased analytical orientation to language. • Children who study a second language score higher on verbal standardized tests conducted in English. Bilingual children also perform better in math and logic skills than children with just one language. • Learning a second language helps children build self-esteem, creativity, problem-solving skills, and math ability. • Bilingual children maintain a strong sense of their own identity while developing sensitivity towards other people and cultures. • Since bilinguals need to be aware of which language to speak in which situation, a bilingual child is more aware of the needs of the listener. • Being taught in two languages gives children a head start in competition for universities and jobs.
FRENCH BILINGUAL REVOLUTION • 5 year plan • Dedicated parents • Enthusiastic principals to initiate French-English dual-language programs in primary, middle, and high schools. • Serve 7,000 students in all boroughs • Excellent Teachers (certified and bilingual) • Quality across schools • Fundraising • more schools, better programs, better teachers, greater access & opportunities for all
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