Nous sommes fiers d’être une communauté scolaire, The French American School of Tampa Bay offre une variété de programmes et d’activités pour les étudiants et les non-étudiants. Avec notre association de parents d’élèves et nos cours pour adultes, nous accueillons les personnes intéressées à participer à notre expérience d’immersion unique. Nous ouvrons également nos portes aux élèves-enseignants de France et aux lycéens du secteur public local qui travaillent avec les enfants sur des projets collaboratifs.
La Francophonie en Floride
We’re Proud to be Part of the Renaissance
Today, approximately 5% of Maine people speak French at home. And with one third of its population of French descent or either French Canadian or Acadian Ancestry, Maine is the most “French” state in New England. But it wasn’t always this way—historically, French was not welcomed and respected.
The arrival of French Canadians in Maine dates back to the late 19th century. Then, with the industrialization of the early 20th century, the Franco-Canadians arrived en masse in New England. The majority of these immigrants settled into Maine and went to work for cotton mills, paper mills and shoe factories. But as French-speaking people, they were often illiterate in English and therefore poorly received. They suffered discrimination largely due to their unfamiliarity with English, and they assimilated into their new environment at the expense of their language and their roots.
Today, the situation is quite different. The descendants of the third and even the fourth generation of Canadian immigrants have regained pride in their original language. Gone is the shame of speaking French and today’s Franco-Americans are looking to reclaim their heritage. Many Franco-Americans made great accomplishments, with great sacrifice, to create a positive future for the Franco–American community. These hard-working and esteemed people paved the way for a new generation of Franco-Americans, one with renewed pride in their language and heritage. This has fueled a renaissance of the French language in Maine, and our students and entire school community are proud to be active in the movement to bring French back to Maine and New England.
To commemorate the 400th year of French culture in Maine, the students of L’Ecole Française du Maine wrote a new play entirely in French. They performed it at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on May 2, 2008 to celebrate this landmark year.