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Feb 6, 2012 3:40 PM by Herbie Smith

French Embassy Officials Visit Lafayette Schools to Encourage French Immersion

Kirby Jambon's 5th grade social studies class is one of the French Immersion classes at Prairie Elementary that French Embassy representatives visited.
Carley Dupre and Kalin Laborde say they enjoy learning social studies and other subjects in French. "An acute angle is smaller than 90 degrees," Laborde said in French. "Clifton Chenier is the king of Zydeco. We learned that in social studies when we were studying cultures," Dupre said in French.

Of the 850 students who attend Prairie, about half speak french. Philippe Aldon with the French Embassy says students are getting a head start on learning how to communicate in a global society. "It's important for America to understand it has a French speaking identity and culture. It's important for kids to relate to the french speaking world," Aldon said. Lafayette is just one stop to push for more French Immersion classes. French Embassy representatives are surveying schools in Acadiana and other parts of the country to show the benefits of learning French.

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