‘French is not a Foreign Language in Louisiana’

THIBODAUX – The French program at Nicholls State University will host an event on Friday, March 27, designed to promote the resurgence of French language education in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

“This region possibly incorporates more French speakers than any other geographical expanse of six contiguous parishes in Louisiana,” said Dr. Robin White, assistant professor of French. “Oddly, local state support to continue the use of French has been relatively weak in comparison to Lafayette, New Orleans or even Baton Rouge. Given that a number of elementary and high school French immersion schools and programs function in the aforementioned cities, it is surprising that the Bayou Region includes only one – Pierre Part Elementary School.”

Titled “French is not a Foreign Language in Louisiana,” the event is slated for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the LeBijou Theater of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union.

Attendees will experience a variety of Francophone voices via presentations, discussions and hands-on activities – including a Cajun musical instrument exhibit in the student union foyer and musical performances by Mel Baudoin and Mellowberry on the student union portico.

The event is free and open to the public.

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