October 2014


First Bilingual Education Fair of New York


In New York City’s public school system, dual-language programs are booming. More and more parents understand the benefits of a bilingual education for their children. To help families to discover all aspects of bilingualism, the French-American Foundation is co-organizing with the web magazine French Morning and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and with the support of the Québec Government Office in New York and FGR+S, the first Bilingual Education Fair of New York at Hunter College

The Bilingual Education Fair of New York will be the first event for parents and educators who are interested in this new trend that is quickly changing so many schools in the United States. This event will be an opportunity to assess the situation, discuss the benefits of bilingual education, and the future of this type of curriculum in the United States. 

This event will be held at Hunter College (West Building – 68th Street & Lexington Avenue/Manhattan) with the following format: Keynote speaker, fair, and conference/panel discussion on bilingualism with experts (psychologists, linguists, educators, etc.) all day. The fair will bring together more than 60 representatives from schools, publishers, education businesses, among others who promote bilingual education in all languages (French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, etc.).

The number of tickets is limited so buy your tickets now at bilingualfair.org!


- 10 am: The bilingual brain, how it works, with Nate Cornish (co-Director of Clinical Services Bilingual Therapies); Adrian Garcia-Sierra Ph.D. (Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Science Affiliate Faculty, Cognitive Science University of Connecticut); Loraine K. Obler, Ph.D. (CUNY Graduate Center, NY), moderated by Jeffrey Kluger (TIME Magazine).

- 11 am: How to open a Dual Language Program in your public school, moderated by Fabrice Jaumont, with French, Italian, Japanese, Russian & German parents).

- 2 pm: Bilingual Education: passport to success or limit to assimilation?  with Nairán Ramírez Esparza, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut); Elvira Swender, Ph.D. (Director of Professional Programs, The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), NY) and Barbara Zurer Pearson, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts Amherst), moderated by Maite Sánchez (CUNY- NYSIEB).


All day long, activities will be provided for kids and adults by: Le Camion des mots; Bilingual Birdies; FIAF

(More on the event here)

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