Kirk Semple of The New York Times reports A Push for French in New York Schools, From France
… in the city’s public school system, the French dual-language program, in which half the classes are in French and the other half in English, is booming. Eight public schools offer a French/English curriculum for about 1,000 students, making it the third-largest dual-language program, after Spanish and Chinese. And demand continues to grow, with two more schools scheduled to join this year and at least seven groups of parents in different areas of the city lobbying their schools to participate.
Among my NYC private school consulting clients, with the exception of those from French and British backgrounds, the vast majority of children taking language instruction are learning Mandarin or Spanish, and sometimes both. Many children also study the language of their heritage. Recently I have met clients learning Hebrew, Tagalog, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Sanskrit, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German and more.