The fifth annual Bilingual Fair in New York City will be held on Nov. 3, at the Fordham Library in the Lincoln Center, giving students and parents the opportunity to learn about bilingual education.
“More and more parents realize giving a bilingual education to their children is an amazing gift. We founded the NYC Bilingual Fair to help them make the choices that will give their children an education adapted to today’s world,” said the fair’s founder, Emmanuel Saint Martin, in a news release about the upcoming event.
The fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fordham University School of Law located at 150 West 62nd St., UWS, Manhattan. The website and tickets can be accessed here.
The organizers noted that now, less than 25 percent of Americans speak more than one language. After English, the most commonly spoken languages are Spanish, Chinese, and Tagalog, according to the 2016 American Community Survey (pdf).
As a press release from the fair noted, the “importance of multilingualism for our economy, our security and culture has never been so great,” adding that the Colgate Center for Language and the Brain has predicted that 85 percent of the world’s population will be multilingual by 2050.
During the Bilingual Fair, French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Polish, and other languages will be featured.
What’s more, over 60 schools in 12 languages, experts, and publishers will be at the fair, described as an “interactive, fun-filled event.”
Meanwhile, the fair will offer a panel of speakers that discuss fostering bilingualism at home, the benefits of having “bilingual brain,” and others.
For parents of young children, childcare will be available for the fair all day long.
This upcoming event is the premier event for anyone interested in the movement that’s changing the face of so many schools in the city and the country. The exhibitors (schools, publishers, educators, businesses) practice and promote bilingual education in languages including French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Polish and more.