Supporting our French teachers in the Lafourche Parish [fr]
After a previous tour in 2018, Mr. Sciama, Consul General of France in Louisiana and his team visited 4 other Schools in the Lafourche Parish: Raceland Lower Elementary, South Larose Elementary, Cut Off Elementary School et Galliano Elementary School.
The Lafourche Parish, where many people have French or Acadian roots, has chosen to provide enhanced French as a Foreign Language, français langue étrangère (FLE) instruction to Grade 5 Kindergarten students in most schools. These students are benefiting on an average of 5 hours of French per week.
For this purpose, the parish relies on the CODOFIL program, which allows FLE teachers to come and teach for a period of 3 years in the different schools. With 12 out of 14 teachers recruited as part of CODOFIL in this parish, France remains the main contributor to this program. These teachers all have a university degree in FLE and must have at least 3 years’ experience. Most of them have already had significant experiences in different parts of the world: Vietnam, Thailand, China or other US states. Recruitment for the next academic year is also in progress: https://www.ciep.fr/programme-codofil-louisiane
These trips to Louisiana schools are an opportunity for the Consul General and his team to get fruitful exchanges and insights with the teachers and stimulate these young students who are delighted to be able to interact with the French language.
These visits mark the willingness of our Consulate to closely monitor the settling of CODOFIL teachers in their parish and the quality of French programs.
In the upcoming months, Mr. Sciama will continue those educational tours to other parishes of Louisiana.