French-speaking teachers from around the world come to teach in Louisiana
The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana consortium of immersion schools and the Consulate general of France in New Orleans welcome 47 French language teachers in Baton Rouge to attend a 4 day workshop. This group of teachers includes 43 who are coming from France, 3 from Belgium and 1 from Niger.
These French-speaking instructors participated in intensive workshops and seminars designed to prepare them to live and work in Louisiana. These teachers are placed in an immerse environment as well as in public and private schools, offering French as Second Language program throughout the State of Louisiana. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne stated « We are very pleased to welcome these international teachers in Louisiana. Thanks to their skills, Louisiana students will carry on with learning of French, therefore perpetuating the use of the French language in Louisiana. French language is an integral part of our Cajun and Creole cultures. »
Codofil President Dr. Bill Arceneaux added « Louisiana is grateful to its French-speaking partners who keep on bringing their support to our efforts to promote and defend our French-American language and heritage. »
According to Louisiana Department of Education, there will be about 4,000 students in August 2012 attending a French immersion program in elementary and middle schools and 21,000 students attending French as Second Language in high school classes. It will represent a total of 46,000 Louisiana children learning and practicing French.
Louisiana and CODOFIL have a cultural and education agreement with the French-speaking communities of Belgium, the French Government and the Canadian provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. These international agreements facilitate educational exchanges consolidating CODOFIL legislative mandate of « to preserve, promote and develop the heritage and French and Creole languages. »