FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 25, 2019

Washington, DC – DC Language Immersion Project will host the third edition of this free event this Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. Over 1200 pre-registered.

Gallaudet University President Roberta J. Cordano said “We are delighted to partner with the DC Language Immersion Project and to welcome 1,200 parents, students, educators and employers in the D.C. region who have a strong interest in multilingual education. We celebrate our shared value and Gallaudet is pleased to have an active role in co-creating that future.”

“We have exceeded all expectations.” said Vanessa Bertelli, executive director of the DC Language Immersion Project “This is a testament to the value people see in multilingualism.”

Supported by Rosetta Stone Education, Qatar Foundation International and Center for Applied Linguistics, the 2019 Multilingual Education Fair of DC features 100 exhibitors across 17 languages and a fun program for language learners of all ages and abilities. See program below.

Resources include books, apps, language classes, cultural institutes and study abroad programs. Bilingual education schools from across the DC region will participate. Job recruiters ranging from the intelligence community to the financial industry will attend.

The event is free and open to all. Metro accessible, ample parking. Interpretation available in spoken and sign languages. Multicultural food trucks on site.

Co-sponsored by the DC Deputy Mayor for Education, Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, Mayor’s Office on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, Office of the State Superintendent on Education, DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board, and DC State Board of Education.

Co-hosted by Gallaudet University.

To register, visit: multilingualfair.eventbrite.com (English) or feriamultilingue.evenbrite.com (Spanish)

For information about DC Language Immersion Project, visit: dcimmersion.org

PROGRAM:

  • 10:00-10:30 Yoga in Arabic by Kalimah Programs (bring your mat!), introduced by Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau
  • 10:30-11:00 Fabrice Jaumont author of “The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages”, introduced by Councilmember Brandon T. Todd
  • 11:00-11:30 “Fama” by Tyler Elementary DCPS Spanish Film Club
  • 11:30-12:00 “Dream of Azul” performance in Spanish by Gala Theatre
  • 12:00-12:30 Concert in Mandarin by the Washington Yu Ying PCS Choir, introduced by Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr.
  • 12:30-1:00 “Through Your Child’s Eyes: American Sign Language” by California Department of Education, introduced by State Board of Education Member Zachary Parker
  • 1:00-1:30 Fireside chat with Byron L. Williams international careers advocate and recovering shoe addict, introduced by Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn

WHEN:    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Gallaudet University, I. King Jordan Student Academic Center, 800 Florida Ave NE Washington, DC 20002 (NoMa-Gallaudet University Station)

Dear Families, educators, and partners,

In 2020 we announced that the DC Language Immersion Project would close its doors due to lack of resources. However, before completely dissolving the organization, we recently asked a group of local and national educators if they - individually or collectively - would be interested in continuing the work of advocating for multilingual education in the District of Columbia. We are pleased to announce that a few individuals responded yes and volunteered to forge a plan to continue this vital work.

So, we are not closing our doors but we are entering a six-to-twelve-month period of dormancy as we determine the best path forward for the DC Immersion Project.  Thank you for your continued support and please stay tuned for updates.

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