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CODOFIL to assist parents in bring French immersion into schools

CODOFIL to assist parents in bring French immersion into schools

Parents who would like their children to participate in a French immersion school or foreign language immersion program now have new resources available to assist. The State of Louisiana has created a process by which interested parents can petition their local school districts to create foreign language immersion programs.

Studies have shown bilingual students (students who speak two languages) to have better problem solving abilities and a better grasp of their native language when compared to their non-bilingual peers. Immersion education starting in kindergarten has been shown to equip students with listening and speaking abilities in their language of immersion that are comparable to native speakers. These abilities are important not only for success in school, but also for success in a globalized economy.

Louisianans have an especially valuable reason for educating children in French: preservation of our French language heritage. French immersion allows students to reconnect with the language of their parents and grandparents and ensure that the Cajun heritage lives on.

Parents interested in implementing an immersion program should convene a meeting of fellow parents of children of pre-kindergarten age, fill out a petition with at least 25 signatures, and notify the Louisiana Department of Education before March 1, 2015.

The petition, materials, and further information on this process can be found at the Louisiana Department of Education website (louisianabelieves.com) or at the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana’s site (codofil.org). The Department of Education can also be reached by phone at 877-453-2721.

CODOFIL is happy to assist any parents wishing to implement a French immersion program in this process. Contact CODOFIL by phone at 337-262-5764 or email at codofil@crt.la.gov.