Past Events

French Beyond the Classroom - Tuesday, October 29th

WRITING IN DIFFICULT TIMES: EBOLA 2014 - October 1, 2019

Mens et Mensa, Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages Friday, October 18th

Abdellah Taia - April 4th

Francophone Film Festival - March 28 - April 25

March 7 - Une Conversation avec SUZANNE DRACIUS

Feb. 18th - French at a Glance - Careers, Summer in Paris, and Internships in France

Feb. 23rd - World Languages Roundtable

The Department of French and The Language Center are pleased to invite you to attend a lively discussion on

The Present and Future of World Languages in K-16 Education
(The Case of French)
Saturday, February 23 (2:00 pm-5:00 pm, Academic Building, CAC, room 1180)

Hardly a week goes by without one mention or another, in the media, of one of two things:

1) the worrisome decline of languages other than English across the landscape of American Education;

2) exciting new concepts and unprecedented opportunities regarding the same.

Six distinguished panelists will share their frank assessment of both, which will prove all the more enlightening to us as Rutgers - New Brunswick is embarking on its own Language Engagement Project.

One of the Project’s key
premises is that the issue of language learning at school – in terms of crisis or renewal alike – must not be envisioned in separate boxes, but as a continuum from Elementary to Secondary to Higher Education. This is what our panelists will do, bringing a wealth of different perspectives to the discussion:

- Hélène Blanton, French Teacher, Summit High School, NJ; member of the Board and Workshop Coordinator, American Association of Teachers of French - New Jersey Chapter;

- Nora Cottille-Foley, Associate Professor of French, School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech; former Chair of the Directors’ Council, Language for Business and Technology; member of the Board of Directors, Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique;

- David Greer, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Academics; Director, Office of Academics; and former State Coordinator of World Languages, New Jersey Department of Education;

- Fabrice Jaumont, Education Attaché, Embassy of France to the United States; President, Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities; Program Director, FACE Foundation; author of The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages;

- Robert Kravitz, Superintendent, Englewood Public School District; former Superintendent, Englewood Cliffs P.S.D.; former Principal, Fort Lee Elementary School n°3 (United States National Blue Ribbon School, 2010); author of Blue Ribbon Story: An Entrepreneur’s Success in Education;

 

- Anne Lair, Associate Professor/Lecturer of French, Department of World Languages and Cultures, The University of Utah: Director, Basic French Language Program; State Coordinator and French Bridge Curriculum Director (Continuation of French Dual Immersion Program), Utah; co-author of Encore, Liaisons (3e édition), and Invitation au monde francophone (2e édition).

If this subject is of interest to you, we hope that you can join this conversation and will be delighted to hear your own views.

For further details, please contact François Cornilliat (fracorn@french.rutgers.edu). To locate the event’s venue (a 10-mn walk or so from New Brunswick’s train station), please click on the following: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Rutgers+Academic+Building

Parking information: Attendees may park in Lots 11, 16, 26 & 30. You must use this link (https://rudots.nupark.com/events/Events/Register/63c67a91-f37f-4ad2-9b78-4ef58f3ba497) which provides a map, to register your vehicle for the event (if you do not register your vehicle, you may receive a citation). Special event parking and special event permits do not include free metered parking, and are only for visitors to the University. Rutgers faculty, staff, and students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in..

Thank you for your attention, and see you on February 23!