FASRI hosts RI Language Roadmap

January 26, 2012

 

On Thursday, January 26 from 4:00-6:00 PM, the French-American School of Rhode Island (FASRI) will host the first working group meeting of the Rhode Island Language Roadmap process. 

This working group meeting follows on from the 2011 Rhode Island Language Summit that was convened on December 7, 2011. It gathered over fifty representatives of the Rhode Island business community, local and state government agencies, and educational institutions to talk about preparing a workforce to support Rhode Island in the future. The Rhode Island Language Summit was sponsored by The Language Flagship, and was hosted by the Chinese Language Flagship Partner Program at the University of Rhode Island.

The January 26 working group meet at FASRI and will be studying ideas for viable solutions to meet the demands for languages in the state of Rhode Island. Business leaders and government and state agencies have expressed frustration at the lack of language skills in the state. More information about the RI Language Roadmap can be found at http://www.uri.edu/rilanguage/index.html.

FASRI Head of School Dominique Velociter (formerly Thompson), said: “I am very excited to be part of this planning process which is vital for the future of our state. Students are being deprived of the opportunity to learn languages at the age when their brains are the most receptive. In most schools, language teaching is an afterthought, and occurs too late.”

Velociter continued, “Dual language programs like FASRI’s have to be a part of the solution. At FASRI, our students learn French through the immersion process. For example, learning math in French teaches them mathematical concepts and the French language at the same time. It is a very efficient way to learn and I believe it is the way of the future.”