West Virginia Needs French


AATF ADVOCACY FACT PACK FOR WEST VIRGINIA



IMPORTANT CONSULAR ADDRESSES


Closest Belgian Consular Representative

Mr. Elie Loos, Counselor and Consul
Embassy of Belgium
3330 Garfield Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Consular office hours 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Phone (202) 333-6900, Fax (202) 338-4960
E-mail: washington@diplobel.org



Regional Canadian Consulate

Consulate General of Canada
HSBC Center, Suite 3000
Buffalo, NY 14203-2884
Tel: (716) 858-9500
Fax: (716) 852-4340
Email: bfalo@international.gc.ca
http://geo.international.gc.ca/can-am/buffalo/



Quebec Trade Representative

Québec Government Office
805 15th Street, N.W.
Suite 450
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Phone: 202 659 8990
Fax: 202 659 5654
Email: qc.washington@mri.gouv.qc.ca

http://www.gouv.qc.ca/portail/quebec/international/usa/delegations?id=bureaux.washington.coordonnees



Consulat General of France in Washington DC

4101 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Telephone: (202) 944-6000
Fax: (202) 944-6166
http://www.consulfrance-washington.org/spip.php?rubrique=2



WEST VIRGINIA'S FRANCOPHONE DEMOGRAPHY

5,730 native speakers of French, French Creole or French Cajun living as residents of West Virginia and about 27,000 residents claiming French or French Canadian ancestry.




WEST VIRGINIA'S FRANCOPHONE PLACE NAMES


Fayette County, Fayette, Fayette Heights, Fayetteville, Racine, Marfrance, Ronceverte, Frenchburg, Montpelier, Belle, French Creek, French Lick, Robinette, Premier, Nemours, Chevaux De Frise, Graux, Rosemont, Lavalette, Brabant, Nicolette, Letart Falls, Frenchton, Despard, Montcalm



IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ADDRESSES



West Virginia AATF

Michael D. Lastinger, President
Foreign Languages/Chitwood Hall
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6298
E-mail: mlasting@wvu.edu


Christopher McClung, Secretary-Treasurer
E-mail: cmcclung8@aol.com



West Virginia College and University French Programs

Fairmont State University
http://www.fairmontstate.edu/academics/FrenchProgram/default.asp

Bethany College
http://www.bethanywv.edu/index.php?cID=105

Marshall University
http://www.marshall.edu/language/

West Virginia State University
http://www.wvstateu.edu/foreign%5Flanguages/

West Virginia University
http://french.forlang.wvu.edu/

Wheeling Jesuit University
http://www.wju.edu/academics/mol/

Shepherd University
http://www.shepherd.edu/university/english/




ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE IN WEST VIRGINIA


Alliance Francaise de Fairmont State College
Présidence :Mme Valerie IVES
French Department Locust Ave.
FAIRMONT, WV - 26554
vives@mail.fscwv.edu
Centre associé


Nearest French Meetup

    Pittsburgh French Meetup (89 members)
    http://french.meetup.com/77/




Foreign Languages in West Virginia:

The West Virginia Department of Education became the 2nd state to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The Partnership bolsters a strong global awareness focus and creates opportunities for greater dialogue related to world language initiatives and international education. The West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers’ Association is an organization that provides language advocacy in the state.

Policy 2510 states that students in the Professional Pathway must earn two credits in the same foreign language to graduate. This same policy requires high schools to offer a minimum of three levels of one foreign language. The policy also requires middle schools to offer a foreign language course, in the same foreign language, for students in grade 7 and grade 8. The teaching of foreign language is encouraged at the elementary level.


In August of 2008, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission implemented a new policy that requires students to complete two credits in the same foreign language in order to satisfy undergraduate admission requirements for West Virginia public four-year colleges and universities.

A revision of the 21st Century Foreign Language Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (Policy 2520.7) was approved in July 2007 and became effective July 1, 2008.

The state offers and facilitates online virtual courses in Spanish 1A/1B at the middle school level and Spanish 1 & 2 at the high school level. Other language courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and advanced levels of Spanish are offered through contracted providers outside of the state. A select number of rural schools utilize distance learning technology in order to collaboratively deliver language instruction.


West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association
http://www.wvflta.org/



International Baccaleureate Programs in West Virginia

South Charleston High School
http://schs.kana.k12.wv.us/
1 Eagle Way
South Charleston, WV 25309
(304) 766-0352



West Virginia representative to National Council for State Supervisors of Languages

Robert Crawford
rcrawford@access.k12.wv.us
West Virginia Department of Education
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Building 6 - Room 318
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-558-2691
Fax: 304-558-6268



The Education Alliance of West Virginia  

name of the State Scholars Initiative in West Virginia, offering a challenging diploma for those not in the standard college preparatory curriculum (one including two years of foreign language study). Districts included so far are Braxton, Monroe, Ohio and Wood Counties

http://www.educationalliance.org/StateScholars/StateScholars.asp



FRENCH MOMENTS IN WEST VIRGINIA HISTORY


1669 - Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle explored the Ohio Valley, landing several places in West Virginia.

1740 - French-born trapper and Indian trader James Le Tort established a trading post near the current border of Jackson and Mason Counties.

1749 - On August 18, French explorer Celeron de Blainville planted a lead plate along the Ohio River at present-day Point Pleasant, claiming the territory for France.

1749, Louis Bienville de Celeron sailed down the Ohio River, claiming all of the
lands drained by the Ohio River for King Louis XV of France, burying lead plates along the route with an inscription claiming the land for France. One of them is in Ohio County.

1755-1763: The Delaware, Mingo, and Shawnee sided with the French during the French and Indian War.

1756 - Battle of Cacapon in the French and Indian War. It was between Colonel George Washington’s Virginia Regiment and French and French-Allied Indians.

1823 - French-born educator and civil engineer, Benoit Claudius Crozet resigned from his duties at West Point to become Principal Engineer and Surveyor for the Virginia Board of Public Works. In this capacity, he worked in what is now West Virginia, and was instrumental in the conception of The Northwestern Turnpike, a key Appalachian crossing.

1846 - French immigrant Joseph H. Diss DeBar (designer of the Great Seal and Coat of Arms of West Virginia) arrived in Doddridge County

1859 - On January 10, President James Buchanan appointed Democrat Charles Faulkner of Berkeley County as American Minister to France




WEST VIRGINIA IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY



West Virginia: Exports, Jobs, and Foreign Investment
http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/industry/otea/state_reports/west-va.html

World Trade WV
http://www.worldtradewv.com/members/wvdo.php

Charleston & Wheeling West Virginia (BuyUSA) - Useful Export Resources
http://www.buyusa.gov/westvirginia/56.html

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
http://www.wviff.org/

Impact of trade in West Virginia
http://www.uschamber.com/NR/rdonlyres/.../IOT07WestVirginia.pdf

West Virginia Trade News
http://trade.einnews.com/westvirginia/

Trade Makes West Virginia Strong
http://www.geography.vt.edu/vga/data.html

Advantage Valley
http://www.advantagevalley.com/

West Virginia Trade News
http://trade.einnews.com/westvirginia/


In 2006, the total value of West Virginia's exports to its top 25 trading partners was approximately $3,225,000,000, but what is the role of countries where French is an official language?

#1. Canada              $923,000,000
#2. Belgium            $313,000,000
#13. France             $81,000,000

Nearly 41% of West Virginia's trade dollars from this group was made from exports to Francophone Countries.

How does this same scenario work out in 2008 exports. Looking again at West Virginia's 25 top trading partners, we see have $5,267,000,000 export revenues.

#1. Canada            $1,286,000,000
#4. Belgium          $323,000,000
#7. France             $290,000,000


Total Francophone    $1,899,000,000

Therefore, in the growing export market of 2008, over 36% of West Virginia's trade dollars was made from exports to Francophone Countries.  In that same context three out of West Virginia's top trading partners were countries where French is an official language.


Export-supported jobs linked to manufacturing account for an estimated 3.7 percent of West Virginia's total private-sector employment. Over one-sixth (17.0 percent) of all manufacturing workers in West Virginia depend on exports for their jobs.  A total of 806 companies exported goods from West Virginia locations in 2007.

Advantage Valley Trade delegation preparing for trip to France
http://charleston-west-virginia-economic-dev.blogspot.com/2007_11_01_archive.html


Canada-West Virginia State Trade Fact Sheet 2008
http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/washington/commerce_can/2008/wv.aspx?lang=eng

In 2008, Canada–West Virginia trade supported 37,000 U.S. jobs. Canadians made more than 248,100 visits to West Virginia, spending $11 million


The following figures come from a database measuring the value of two-way trans-border surface trade between West Virginia and all Canadian provinces between September 2006 and September 2007:

    All Canadian Provinces to West Virginia:     $1,316,449,015
    West Virginia to All Canadian Provinces        $1,127,401,114



Foreign Investment


In 2007, foreign-controlled companies employed 21,100 workers in West Virginia.  Two of the top five investing countries have French as an official language. Foreign investment in West Virginia was responsible for 3.6 percent of the state’s total private-industry employment in 2007. Currently, there are over 310 foreign companies in West Virginia .

As of 1995, 166,974 acres of West Virginia agricultural land were owned by foreign investors.


Some of the foreign-owned companies in West Virginia are Rhone-Poulenc, BASF, Aristech, Consolidation Coal, Wheeling-Nisshin Steel, Miles and EIMCO Coal Machinery.



DIRECT ADVACACY IN WEST VIRGINIA


West Virginia Department of education
http://wvde.state.wv.us/

West Virginia Board of education
http://wvde.state.wv.us/boe/

West Virginia Legislature - Senate Members
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Senate1/members/senmemview.cfm

West Virginia Legislature - House Members
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/House/members/delmemview1.cfm


Advocates should read carefully West Virginia education-related legislation for the past few years, and find out what has been done to implement new measures.