Scholarship Ceremony for Dual Language Teachers

February 5, 2015 | By French Culture

On Thursday, February 5th, 2015, nine individuals studying to be French teachers were awarded with the Dual Language Scholarship, created to encourage students to pursue Bilingual Education at the Master’s level.

A joint initiative of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation, and la Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique (SPFFA), the Dual Language Scholarship aims to address the critical shortage of certified French bilingual teachers for the growing number of New York City’s Dual Language Programs. During the evening, Deputy Cultural Counselor Thomas Michelon exhorted the honorees to carry the torch of the “bilingual revolution” and to inspire students to learn French.

Chers amis,

Thank you for being with us this evening for our second annual ceremony honoring dual language teacher-scholars. With your support, I am thrilled to report that our bilingual revolution plows ahead at full force. The future looks bright as more public schools offer French dual language programs, and individuals and organizations express interest and lend support.

One difficulty, over the past years, has been to find talented and qualified teachers to nurture our students. This element is key to our success and for the exponential  growth of the dual language programs in New York. And so, tonight marks a very important step in solving this challenge. We are very fortunate to partner with the Societe des Professeurs Francais et Francophone d’Amerique, and the FACE Foundation, to offer an annual scholarship program which encourages exceptional students to embrace the education profession and become teachers in one of the city’s French dual language programs.

I thank the Societe des Professeurs Francais et Francophone d’Amerique, and its president Anne Berthelot and entire board, for its generous contribution to create this scholarship to ensure high quality professionals for our students. I would also like to thank our nonprofit partner, the FACE Foundation, and its chairman Adrien Meyer and board, for its dedication to this cause.

A sincere thank you to Dean David Steiner, who works with Schools of Education such as Hunter College, to ensure thatw we have extremely qualified teachers. It was wonderful to see the implication of Hunter last October when they hosted the first Bilingual Fair, organized by French Morning and its founder, Emmanuel Saint-Martin.

Everyone gathered today has played a role in the success of the bilingual revolution. Your support is essential. Un grand merci!

And finally, a very big congratulations to the nine recipients of the $5,000 scholarship. With this award, you carry the energy and momentum of this cause to classrooms all around the city and inspire generations of  bilingual and bicultural children. Felicitations!

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