French connection: Macron's visit to highlight Louisiana's rich language history

The first thing you realize when you enter the classroom filled with eager 5th graders is that, though the school is in the heart of New Orleans, n...

December 1, 2022
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The first thing you realize when you enter the classroom filled with eager 5th graders is that, though the school is in the heart of New Orleans, no one is speaking English.'Quel est cet objet?' their teacher, Fabien Jeantet, asks as he drills them on vocabulary: 'What is this object?'They respond with the words – 'une tasse,' for example, when he holds up a cup.The Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans, a French immersion school in New Orleans, is part of a flourishing of French language education in Louisiana in recent years, helped along by support from France's government.

Mike Smith