A new group of French immersion teachers has arrived to launch the 48th year of CODOFIL’S French program in Louisiana.
This year’s group of 61 teachers is made up of professionals from France, Belgium, Canada, Mali and Louisiana, for a total of 115 in nine parishes statewide, serving 30 French immersion schools and approximately 4,500 students.
“I am excited to welcome these new immersion teachers to Louisiana,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “I want to thank them for their dedication and commitment to the students of Louisiana and applaud them for their work and look forward to connecting them to the rich heritage of the French culture here in Louisiana.”
"CODOFIL's mission is to promote and preserve the French language and culture in our great state," CODOFIL President Dr. William Arceneaux said. "This would not be possible without the help and support of our Francophone partners from around the world. These new teachers join about 150 of their compatriots already serving the children of Louisiana in a French immersion and French as a Second Language setting."
“We have the biggest group of Foreign Associate Teachers we’ve had in a long time, and we are grateful for them,” CODOFIL Immersion Program Coordinator Peggy Feehan said, adding that teachers will be teaching in two different settings: immersion and French as a Second Language. “And at the same time, they will share their culture with our students in schools from Lake Charles to New Orleans and from Golden Meadow to Shreveport.”
The new teachers participated in a three-day workshop in Baton Rouge where they learned about the Louisiana educational system, the teacher evaluation process and even the communities in which they will teach.
As well, they started their new lives in Louisiana by looking for apartments, cars and acquiring their all-important driver’s licenses.
“My wife and I are coming back because we know French immersion works,” Julien Dal-Toé from France—who will be teaching at Lycée Français in New Orleans—said. “By October, my kindergarteners will understand French, and by February, they will speak French and will help their parents with French.”
French immersion teachers in Louisiana are experienced professionals vetted extensively by national agencies in their country of origin. They are certified to teach by their home countries, with typically more than three years of experience teaching primary education.
“Our Foreign Associate Teachers are the crème-de-la-crème among educators,” CODOFIL Executive Director Charles Larroque said. “All are highly qualified with a minimum of three years classroom experience so we expect great things to happen in those schools fortunate enough to have them on staff.”
Posted on Tue, August 16, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette