It has become a must for families who want their children to have a bilingual education — and anyone interested in multilingualism. The 5th annual New York Bilingual Education Fair, organized by French Morning, is being held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Fordham University (Lincoln Center). Get your tickets for only $5 (a 50% discount) now.
All together more than 60 exhibitors will be there, representing six languages. Schools, extracurricular activities, after-school programs, booksellers, and publishers will all be there to answer your questions about navigating the growing number of bilingual education opportunities (list of exhibitors here). On the French side, all the schools with bilingual opportunities in the New York area will be there, public, private, or charter. This is the opportunity to ask all your questions in one place, before embarking on the more impersonal open house tours.
We are offering our essay competition again this year, open to middle and high school students. Last year, more than 150 participants sent in their essays. The competition is open to all students, whether or not they are enrolled in a bilingual program, and regardless of their school (private, public, charter, etc.). The essays are submitted in English only and must answer the following essay question:
For Middle School students: How has being bilingual affected your life?
For High School students: How has being bilingual affected your life? How will being bilingual affect the rest of your life?
The awards ceremony will take place during the fair on November 3rd. The winners will receive a check for themselves (up to $800 in the High School category) and also for their school. (More information and submit your essay before October 15 here).
Regarding the speakers, we will be hosting a talk with one of the bilingual brain specialists, Dr. Ana Ines Ansaldo, on “The Benefits of the Bilingual Brain” (talk at 12pm). In partnership with the Lycée Français de New York, which supports the Bilingual Fair, a round table will address the thousand-and-one ways in which parents can promote bilingualism at home (“Fostering bilingualism at home” at 11am). Among the other conferences featured is one on Italian dual language programs in NYC public schools.
The New York Bilingual Education Fair is supported by theLycée Français de New York (lead sponsor), Canal + International, XL Airways, FASNY, The Ecole, Lyceum Kennedy, Lunii, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Délégation Générale du Québec and the French Department of Fordham University.