Learn French after class
Floridian children can enjoy these exceptional opportunities thanks to the existence of the International Studies program developed within the public school system of South Florida.
Additionally, in the same area, there are private schools as well where elementary education is specifically directed towards French such as the "Ecole Franco-Americaine de Miami" or the "Lycee Franco- Americain" in Cooper City.
To find the complete list of schools referred to, visit the consulate website: http://www.consulfrance-miami.org/spip.php?article2384
However, there are still many children who, because of long distance or other reasons, cannot benefit from this education.
For them, alternatives have been created, here are a few:
- The Network of Alliances francaises:
Either in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas or in Florida, from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, passing through Orlando, Gainesville, Bonita Springs or Sarasota as well as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, the Alliances francaises are present and open for children and adults for French classes, workshops and other cultural and social activities dedicated to the French language and culture.
To find the list of Alliances francaises of the area and learn about their course program, click here: www.consulfrance-miami.org
- The Network of FLAM (Français Langue Maternelle) Associations:
The program FLAM (Français Langue Maternelle), managed by the national French agency (AEFE), is intended for children enrolled in local schools without a French program as part of their curriculum.
To find out more about the creation of this association and to get to know the program, you may also visit this website:www.programme-flam.fr/
Several other associations were set up in South Florida:
- APEM or Association des Petits écoliers de Miami) has opened French courses in different schools in Miami Dade and Broward county (in five schools so far).
The classes (three hours of French a week) are offered from Monday to Friday after school hours.
Classes started again on September 12th at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor Elementary School; they re-open within the other schools in Dade and Borward soon.
- The Association of French Education in Florida (EFF or Éducation française en Floride) opens their French courses, also designed to consolidate the French language, this Saturday, September 15th from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Downtown Miami Charter School, located in 305 NW 3rd Avenue in Miami.
- The French Heritage Language-Miami
These educational French workshops, both recreational and artistic, are designed for children with French heritage. The program «French Heritage Language» have the goal of allowing these children to maintain contact with their native culture thanks to the practice, or for some, the discovery of the French language.
In South Florida, the important presence of the Haitian community has brought about the development of this program in the form of workshop, after-school weekly sessions and summer camps for children between the ages of six and fifteen years old in partnership with schools and cultural centers.
For more information on this program, visit:http://www.facecouncil.org/fhlp/fhlp-in-miami.html
Article published on Sept. 13, 2012