CODOFIL celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.
Le Conseil pour le Développement du Français en Louisiane (CODOFIL, The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) was created in 1968 following a proposition by Louisiana State Representative James "Jimmy" Domengeaux to ensure the preservation and continuation of Louisiana French. CODOFIL was empowered to “do any and all things necessary to accomplish the development, utilization, and preservation of the French language as found in Louisiana for the cultural, economic and touristic benefit of the state".
School attendance became mandatory in Louisiana in 1916, and in 1921 the State Constitution stipulated that scholarization must in English. Speaking French became a sign of ignorance and poverty, children who spoke the language at school were punished. Gradually, parents ceased to teach their children French at home. Over time, the number of francophones in Louisiana diminished rapidly. Fortunately, since the 1960s Louisiana French has undergone a cultural renaissance and French heritage and language are now a strong source of pride.
The France-Louisiana Accords of 1968 (renewed in 2016), constitute the foundation of immersion programs in Louisiana, and form an unique example of cooperation between the Ministère de L’Education Nationale (the French Ministry of National Education) and a foreign state. The accords determine the nature of bilateral, educational cooperation to promote the French language as well as to encourage economic development and tourism. They also create a framework to prepare students for francophone professional opportunities in Louisiana and abroad, in the context of the global rise of French-speaking peoples.
After Pointe Coupée parish in 2016, two new immersion programs opened in Ville Platte and Mamou Elementary in 2017, the first of their kind in Evangeline Parish. Today, CODOFIL enables over 5,000 Louisiana students across 12 parishes to learn in immersion schools with over 200 teachers (of which over 150 are French teachers) from France, Canada, Belgium, and other francophone countries (Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal...). They work in 32 immersion schools across the state. French is also taught as a second language (FLES) in 102 public schools in Louisiana, reaching over 16,000 students.
In 2018, CODOFIL will celebrate is fiftieth anniversary, and will be involved in numerous event across Louisiana. Stay in touch on social media for the latest updates.
If you are a French teacher (elementary or middle school teacher, or you have a Master’s degree and experience teaching French as a foreign language), and you would like to come teach in Louisiana with the CODOFIL program, please visit the CIEP website to assess your eligibility, learn about the recruitment procedures, and consult the Vademecum.
CODOFIL also receives self-initiated applications, CVS and covers letters beginning in January 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. For more information, please visit the CODOFIL website.
Download the most recent CODOFIL annual report (March 1 2017)