Council for the Development of French in Louisiana

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Council for the Development of French in Louisiana
le Conseil pour le développement du français en Louisiane
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Seal of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana
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State agency overview
FormedJuly 20, 1968 (1968-07-20)
JurisdictionLouisiana
Headquarters735 Jefferson Street,
Lafayette, LA 70501
Coordinates: 30°13′18.55″N 92°1′6.4″W / 30.2218194°N 92.018444°W / 30.2218194; -92.018444
Annual budget$609,286 USD (2016)[1]
State agency executives
Parent departmentLouisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Websitewww.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/codofil/index

The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL; French: le Conseil pour le développement du français en Louisiane) is Louisiana's Office of Francophone Affairs (French: Agence des affaires francophones). It is a state agency whose multiple legislative mandates include developing opportunities to use the French language in tourism, economic development, culture, education and international relations.[2] CODOFIL is governed by a board of 23 members and administratively placed within the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, overseen by the Lieutenant Governor.[3] CODOFIL is the only state agency in the United States whose purpose is to serve a linguistic population.

Today, CODOFIL's role is to promote and support French immersion and French as a second language in education; it acts as a partner to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), whose role is to manage Louisiana's school districts. CODOFIL continues to recruit and sponsor French, Belgian and Canadian associate teachers as per its accords with those countries, who are placed alongside local teachers upon LDOE's recommendation. CODOFIL encourages Louisiana Francophones to continue transmission of the state's heritage language via its scholarship program (providing opportunities for pedagogical advancement) and the Escadrille Louisiane program (which allows non-native speakers to perfect French at the Université de Rennes in exchange for a minimum 3-year teaching commitment of French in Louisiana).[4]

CODOFIL has also worked to instill pride all Louisiana Francophones in their linguistic identity rather than to uphold one variety of French language or another.[5]

  1. ^ Arceneaux, William (March 1, 2017). Annual Report of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) (PDF) (Report). Lafayette, La.: CODOFIL. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "[1]." SB800 by Senator Eric Lafleur. Retrieved on July 8, 2013.
  3. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-07-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)." CODOFIL. Retrieved on July 8, 2013.
  4. ^ [2] Retrieved on August 30, 2013
  5. ^ Shane K. Bernard, The Cajuns: Americanization of a People (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003), pp. xx, xxii–xxiii, 18–19, 33–34, 83.

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