Bilingual Education Fair returns to NYC

Two years ago, bilingual education was on an upward trend. Today, it’s more popular than ever.

Started by French Morning two years ago, the Bilingual Education Fair is back for the third year in a row with even more exhibitors, speakers, and kids’ activities. Families of all languages and backgrounds will be able to get a full, clear picture of all bilingual learning opportunities in NYC.

On Saturday, October 15th, from 9:00am-5:00pm, about 100 exhibitors including schools, publishers, after school programs, and more will be at Hunter College for the fair. Parents and families can wander between exhibitor’s booths, learning and discussing with exhibitors the opportunities and benefits of bilingual (and multilingual) educational opportunities. A full list of exhibitors is available here.

Simultaneously, there will be speakers, panels, and kids’ activities throughout the day. This year’s schedule includes:

Understanding the Bilingual Mind & Brain (11:30am-1:00pm) with Paola Giuli Dussias, Ph.D, Spanish, Linguistics, and Psychology professor at Penn State University, and Ana Ines Ansaldo, Ph.D, director of the neuroplasticity, communication, and aging lab at the University of Montréal.

Dual Language Programs, a Revolution in NYC schools (10:30am-11:30am) with a panel discussion between representatives from the Department of Education and heads of school.

-École des Loisirs (9:30am-10:30am) a discussion with the editor of the noted French children’s book publishing house, l’École des Loisirs

-Becoming a Teacher in a Bilingual Program (2:00pm-3:00pm) with Brian Collins, Ph. D, Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education at Hunter College.

-Why Learn German? (3:00pm-4:00pm) a panel discussion with with The Goethe Institute and the Consulate of Germany.

Over 12 languages will be represented. As for French, every public and private French school in the greater New York area will attend. Editors and French publishers like Bayard, Milan, Gallimard, l’Ecole des Loisirs, Albertine, Hexagram Books, Scholastic, and more will sell books for children and adults in their original languages. With admissions, open house, and waiting list season upon us, the Bilingual Education Fair is the perfect place to get questions answered.

Education is a family matter, and the Bilingual Education Fair is no different. Entry is free for kids under 18. On-location day care is available, so parents can be free to attend conferences and check out booths. Language-based activities will also be available to entertain kids throughout the day.

Tickets are limited, so reserve yours now and take advantage of early bird prices.

The Bilingual Education fair is organized with the support of the Lycée Français, l’Ecole Internationale de New York, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, CityKinder, the General Delegation of Québec, and the French American Foundation.

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