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Online spelling bee competition for classes from 6th to 10th grade

Get ready to spell! Presented by the Fondation Voltaire, the Dicos d'Or Campus is an online spelling bee that will engage your students in competition while helping them to memorize the spelling, grammar and meaning of French words. Create teams of 7 students in the same grade (multiple teams are allowed from each school), train using the Fondation Voltaire's online platform and compete against other teams worldwide until the grand finale in May.

Signups for the Dicos d'Or Campus are completely free and close on January 3. Create your team today!

Click here to learn more about the Dicos d'Or Campus and sign up for your students.

 

 
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French-language podcast competition for students: Une fois, une voix

Inspired by "Les pieds sur terre" by France Culture and "This American Life", "Une fois, une voix" is a contest to create a documentary podcast, open to Francophone adolescents across the world. Students--alone or in groups--are encouraged to inspect their own world with both a personal and sociological eye, with this year's theme of "Le travail des femmes".

We encourage you to participate in the online training "Realiser un podcast en cours de FLE" with Eric Schweitzer (information above) to equip yourself and your students with the tools for a fantastic contest submission!

The contest is open from December 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021; participants must sign up before January 31, 2021 to be eligible.
Find out more about "Une fois, une voix" on our website, and sign up on the contest website here.

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Teacher trainings in January and February 2021

  • Réaliser un podcast en cours de FLE with Eric Schweitzer of CLEMI Paris: Tuesday, January 12; Thursday, January 14; Tuesday, January 19; and Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 5-6:30 PM (EST).
  • Culture contemporaine with Pierre-Yves Roux of France Education International: Tuesday, February 2, Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5-7 PM (EST). 
  • La bande dessinée en cours de FLE with Bernard Gruas, independent teacher of FLE: Saturday, February 27 from 12 noon-3 PM (EST). 

Find out more about the contents of each training on the French Embassy's website!

Please click here to sign up for the teacher training.

 

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Dear People, 
 
 
With Winter upon us and outdoor life in hibernation, it's an ideal time to expend our neuron pathways through language learning!
 
Meet a native French tutor every week for casual conversations with grammatical support in French, discover French language through its culture, artists and cooking.
 
Classes are held online on Thursdays or in person twice a week.
 
Offer this as a gift to a relative or a friend .
 
Register before December 25th and benefit from a %20 discount with the coupon holidaygift at check out.
 
Happy Holidays!
 
 
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CEC Multi-Lingual Learner Committee meeting
 
Please join us to discuss the continuation of the District 2 French Dual Language Program in a K-5 School !
 
Invited Guest: Councilmember Ben Kallos & Manhattan Executive Superintendent Marisol Rosales.
 
Monday, December 21 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada).
 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 868 9184 2309
Passcode: 106937
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Dear People, 
 
 
With Winter upon us and outdoor life in hibernation, it's an ideal time to expend our neuron pathways through language learning!
 
Meet a native French tutor every week for casual conversations with grammatical support in French, discover French language through its culture, artists and cooking.
 
Classes are held on Wednesdays afternoon at Roots cafe in South Slope or online on Thursdays
 
Offer this as a gift to a relative or a friend .
 
Register before December 25th and benefit from a %20 discount with the coupon holidaygift at check out.
 
 
  
 

FRENCH CLASSES | brooklynbeanstalk

 

 
 
Yours as always
 
Happy Holidays!
 
The Brooklyn Beanstalk team
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ART, RESISTANCE & ACTIVISM PROGRAM + CLOSING NIGHT FILM

LIL' BUCK: REAL SWAN

Bringing his experience in the ballet world with him, Lil Buck heads back to South Memphis to teach dance to the youth, offering them the chance of a better future. Returning home to the town where he first learned to dance, Lil Buck leads us through the streets as he recounts his personal story and the history of Jookin... 

Directed by Louis Wallecan, 2019, France/United States, 85 minutes, documentary, English 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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FIRST NATION PROGRAM

KUESSIPAN (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

Adapted from Naomi Fontaine’s acclaimed novel, Kuessipan is Myriam Verreault’s first narrative feature. In a Quebec Innu community, Mikuan and Shaniss struggle to maintain their close friendship when they clash over their diverging ambitions. When Mikuan falls in love with a white boy and starts to consider a life beyond their tiny reserve, her bond with Shaniss and her family is put to the test. 

Directed by Myriam Verreault, 2019, Canada, 117 minutes, drama, English. 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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THUS SPOKE THE SEA/MEN SA LANMÈ DI (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

The Haitian Sea, as you’ve never seen or heard it before: the sea tells the story of its relationship with the Haitian people, showcases its riches, reveals its mysteries and raises the alarm. From the excessive use of its resources to the consequences of climate change and pollution, all is revealed in different shades of blue. Haiti’s fate will be linked to the coasts and the children of Haiti – voodoo priestesses, fishermen, merchants, entrepreneurs, urban planners, historians, biologists and climate experts – help to tell the tale. A candid depiction of the challenges and the opportunities that must be seized before it’s too late. 

Directed by Arnold Antonin, 2020, Haiti, 49 minutes, documentary, French with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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THREE BLADES/TROIS MACHETTES (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

A day in the life of a family of three in contemporary Haiti. Child, adolescent, man – each with his dreams and frustrations and each finding a way to live. A day like every other day and everywhere, in every hand, there is a machete. So what will happen when night falls and dreams and frustrations collide? 

Directed by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi, 2019, Haiti, 29 minutes, drama, Haitian Creole with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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NAFI'S FATHER/BAAMUM NAFI (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

A fight between an Imam and his powerful brother over their children’s marriage. At stake: how a small community slowly drifts towards extremism. 

Directed by Mamadou Dia, 2019, Senegal, 107 minutes, drama, Fulah with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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A SON/BIK ENEICH (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

11-year-old Aziz needs a liver transplant after being seriously injured during a terrorist ambush while on holiday in 2011. At the hospital, a family secret will be revealed. 

Directed by Mehdi Barsaoui, 2019, Tunisia, 96 minutes, drama, Arabic with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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ART, RESISTANCE & ACTIVISM PROGRAM

THE MALI-CUBA CONNECTION / AFRICA MIA (US PREMIERE)

1964. In the midst of the Cold War, ten promising young musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they develop a revolutionary new sound and become the iconic ensemble ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000. Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together. 

Directed by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier, 2020, France/ Cuba/Mali, 81 minutes, documentary, French and Spanish with English subtitles. 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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IN COMPETITION: BEST FILM DIRECTED BY A WOMAN OF COLOR 

MYOPIA (US PREMIERE)

Fatem, sixth month pregnant, leaves her village perched in the mountains, to fill a frame with empty glasses for the elder of her village, the only person who can decipher the letters sent by members of the villagers’ families who have gone to work in the cities. She moves from station to station to arrive in town in the middle of a protest. This will turn her trip into a peaceful revolution that she is hardly aware of. 

Directed by Sanaa Akroud, 2020, Morocco, 86 minutes, drama, Arabic with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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Après le succès de l’ouverture de deux classes maternelle bilingues français/anglais (UPK) dans l’Upper East Side (UES) en septembre 2020, notre pétition est à nouveau en ligne pour l’extension du programme: l’ouverture d’un Kindergarten bilingue français/anglais dès Septembre 2021.

Deux sites situés dans l’Upper East Side sont actuellement à l’étude. 

Nous vous invitons à signer la pétition et à la diffuser le plus largement possible.

Les données seront déterminantes dans le choix de la localisation de l’école qui accueillera le programme. Elles seront utilisées par le City Councilman Ben Kallos pour appuyer notre demande lors d’une prochaine réunion avec le Department of Education (DOE) qui pourrait se tenir dans une dizaine de jours.

https://benkallos.com/petition/french-dual-language?fbclid=IwAR0ttlAJEwh-65eEjv_XYbEV9fCuAGfyoEVV2xTfip02xgQTe7gEoljxjaE 

Merci à toutes et à tous pour votre soutien.

Catherine Remy

NYC District 2 - French Dual Language Program

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/593786378077031

WhatsApp Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/IPaSII7eew50oOY2Bg039f 

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Following the success of the opening of a French Dual Language Program for Pre-K in the Upper East Side in September 2020, we are now pushing to open the extension to this program : a bilingual French/English Kindergarten in September 2021.

Ben Kallos is going to use his platform as City Councilman to ask the DOE to a meeting within next 10 days and call for the opening of a Kindergarten next year. 

We’re actively considering two different sites on the Upper East Side. 

However, for the meeting to be effective we need to be able to show the data & interest.

Please sign this updated petition to see the program expanded to elementary schools.

https://benkallos.com/petition/french-dual-language?fbclid=IwAR0ttlAJEwh-65eEjv_XYbEV9fCuAGfyoEVV2xTfip02xgQTe7gEoljxjaE

Thank you for your continued support.

Catherine Remy

NYC District 2 - French Dual Language Program

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/593786378077031

WhatsApp Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/IPaSII7eew50oOY2Bg039f

 

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Spring 2021 French Classes in Montclair

Interested in Translation or Teaching? Consider taking French classes at Montclair State University, only 13 miles from New York and easily accessible by mass transit.

The French program at Montclair offers:

  • BA in French with concentrations in French civilization, translation, and teaching
  • A 5-year joint BA/MA in French Studies
  • An MA in French with a concentration in Professional Translation or French Studies
  • Various pathways to becoming an NJ certified teacher.

Spring 2021 courses include Films of the French-Speaking World, Contemporary French Civilization, Computer Assisted Translation, Legal Translation, Seventeenth-Century French Theater and much more!

Sign up for our upcoming online Graduate School Open House on Oct. 24 or feel free to contact Professor Elizabeth Emery: emerye@montclair.edu. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @msufrench

Venez nombreux! Au plaisir de vous voir à Montclair!

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7998971854?profile=RESIZE_710xOn October 2, I was thrilled to join Council Member Ben Kallos, French Consul Jérémie Robert, Community Education Council President Maud Maron, parents, teachers, and school administrators for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate two new French dual language classes that have opened at the District 2 Pre-K Center located at 355 East 76th Street in Manhattan. The joyous occasion for the families who attended the ribbon cutting and for all supporters comes after a very dedicated group of parents, including members of the Francophone community from Canada, Africa, and France, met with more than two hundred families who pledged to send their children to a French dual language program in Manhattan if one was created. I particularly congratulate the incredible efforts put forth by parents such as Stéphane Lautner, Catherine Rémy, and Nadia Levy who have kept the torch of the Bilingual Revolution burning in Manhattan even during these tough times. The French dual language classes began on September 21st with seats for 36 pre-K students. The Department of Education will operate these classes using a side-by-side instructional model where it will have one Early Childhood-certified teacher who is fluent in French and who has or will work towards a bilingual extension, alongside a second Early Childhood-certified teacher.

Here are quotes from some of the participants as well as a news report and additional photos and links.

“I am incredibly proud of the people who did the work in order to make this program a reality. Knowledge is power so any opportunity we get to expand and improve education in my district I will be supportive of. We all know the benefits of dual language education and I am proud that we were able to bring them to this district,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “Thank you to Deputy Chancellor Josh Wallack for his ongoing partnership in expanding early education opportunities, the French Consulate for supporting the Francophone community, and especially to Stephane Lautner and Catherine Remy who worked closely with my office to put meetings together and organize hundreds of other parents.”

7998960687?profile=RESIZE_710x“We’re thrilled to provide our youngest learners with another new Pre-K Dual Language program, which will prepare them to succeed in our diverse, multilingual world. With over 100 Dual Language Pre-K programs in 10 languages across the five boroughs, we continue to celebrate the multiculturism that makes up New York City and enriches all students’ learning,” said Josh Wallack Deputy Chancellor, Division of Early Childhood Education and Student Enrollment.

“This new French Dual Language is an amazing opportunity for New Yorkers to immerse into a new language, regardless of their personal background. It’s also a key to integration for francophone families. This program embraces all the cultural diversity of New York City,” said Jérémie Robert.Consul General of France in New York.

“Being bilingual is an undeniable advantage in today’s increasingly globalized world. The study of two languages has been found to increase creativity and cultural awareness, making it an invaluable asset for our multicultural society. That it can be offered to more young children in our public schools is a gift that will keep on giving.” said Fabrice Jaumont, PhD. Education Attaché of the Embassy of France and Author of The Bilingual Revolution.

7998961298?profile=RESIZE_710x“The opening of this bilingual program represents the culmination of two years of efforts to demonstrate the demand in the community. Our waitlist of over 100 students, coming from throughout Manhattan, speaks volumes about the need for such programs. We believe in public education as a common good to serve our communities. Bilingual public education programs help children and communities maintain links to culture, heritage, and identity,” said Stephane Lautner, parent organizer and local resident. “This program is a first step towards creating a new K-5/8 pathway for children interested in learning or maintaining a second language. We look forward to continuing this work in collaboration with our partners in the Department of Education, City Council, and Community Education Council.” 

“Constructing an identity through two languages and two cultures is a challenge that parents and bilingual kids can now take up more easily here in New York City District 2. As a believer in Public Schools, I am proud of this program and the diverse community that it has brought together,” said Catherine Remy parent organizer and local resident.

“When I brought my daughter to her first in-person day at our new East 76th street French dual language pre-k, I felt pure joy.  That feeling came from knowing that anyone in the community will be able to have access to this program and that parents can finally offer their children a public French dual language education.  I hope this is a stepping stone for the creation of other public dual language programs, as I firmly believe that bilingualism/multilingualism is a benefit to our children,” said Nadia Levy parent organizer and local resident.

“The parents who came together to advocate for this program were passionate and dedicated—and their hard work paid off for all the children who are now enrolled and for future children who will benefit from this program. I look forward to working with CM Kallos, the superintendent and the parents to find an elementary school to continue the French DL program in D2,” said Community Education Council 2 President Maud Maron.

 Families interested in learning more about pre-K admissions and receiving notification when the pre-K application opens for the 2021-22 school year can visit nyc.gov/prek.

Related

Opening of the First French Dual Language Program in the Upper East Side: Meet Aneesha Jacko, Director of Early Childhood Education for the District 2 Pre-K Centers. By Catherine Remy

French Dual Language Pre-Kindergarten to Launch on the Upper East Side Response to Demand from Parents and Council Member Ben Kallos

French Dual Language Program Celebrates Start on the Upper East Side with 36 Pre-K Seats

 

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