The Carole D. Fredericks Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of foreign language education in general and French language in particular. We accomplish these goals by rendering contemporary music in the target language into instructional materials, by raising the public awareness about the advantages of learning a foreign language and by promoting the study of francophone cultures from a global perspective
The Carole D. Fredericks Foundation was established on August 18, 2006 to operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes as those terms are defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The Foundation is located in care of Mildred C. Fredericks-Malone, 201 Park Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Ontario County, Tel: 585 396-2995, Fax: 585 394-8717
The Foundation’s purpose is to provide teachers with the highest quality French language materials and easy to use, classroom tested lesson plans and related methodologies that engage students, teach language skills and promote the study of francophone cultures. Our teachers and writers incorporate emotional scaffolding techniques, assessment strategies and technology into each lesson at every grade level. The language materials support state and national foreign language standards and serve to reinforce the 5C’s: community, connection, communication, culture, and comparisons.We seek to accomplish the following goals:
The Foundation will facilitate and develop teacher workshops, seminars and lectures that demonstrate how music can contribute to foreign language acquisition.
adapt workshops and methodologies for teachers of foreign languages in general and French in particular.
donate learning materials to schools and/or French language programs that reach rural, poor, and inner city urban students.
establish a Scholarship fund in the name of Carole D. Fredericks to support underprivileged and/or deserving students in the study of music, the French language and francophone cultures.
In 2006, Carole Fredericks received the James W. Dodge Memorial Foreign Language Advocate Award.
“Carole... helps us, as foreign language teachers, to do the difficult work of showing Americans that English and American culture are not some "norm" against which all other languages and societies should be judged...”
The Awards Committee
Northeast Conference on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages
The Carole D. Fredericks Foundation seeks to reinforce the advantages of learning a second or third language. Choosing selectively from among the significant advantages to learning French, we point out that students will demonstrate increased global understanding, improve chances of entry into college or graduate school, and improve employment potential. Furthermore, students will demonstrate sharpened cognitive and life skills, increase understanding of themselves and their own culture, and show an increase in native language ability. Students also tend to demonstrate an increased appreciation of international literature, music, and film as a result of exposure to these lessons.
There is strong scientific evidence to support a significant correlation between memory and sound. Current research suggests that music is a pleasant and effective lubricant which aids in the cognitive process. Educators have found that when a melody is attributed to rote information it is easily retained by students at every music skill level including those who cannot carry a tune. In recent years incorporating music as an instructional teaching tool has gained widespread use specifically in foreign language classrooms. World language educators have always respected music for the vast potential to foster genuine intercultural communication and to maintain cultural heritages.
Carole Fredericks is an excellent role model for foreign language students in general and students of French in particular. A native of Springfield, MA, Ms. Fredericks had limited exposure to French in this country, and yet she mastered the language after moving to France and could sing in French as if it were her first language. An accomplished singer who first found fame as a member of the trio Fredericks Goldman Jones, and later in a solo career, Ms. Fredericks rose to musical fame in both Europe and Africa.The following questions present some of the issues the instructional materials seek to address:
“I am an ‘A’ student in AP Honors French class but I don’t feel confident when it comes to speaking the language.”
Students are intrigued by the fact that Carole was able to immerse herself in the target language at a later stage in her life and become fluent within a short time of her arrival in France. International students who may know her are often convinced that she was a native speaker and are pleasantly surprised to learn of her Springfield roots. By example, Carole’s unique inspirational story, coupled with her engaging and meaningful music, encourages students to learn.
“We use an older edition textbook that presents a dated view of France. How can I introduce my students to the contemporary lifestyle of the country?”
“I am always trying to find music artists from the francophone world who are Black to use in my class. Can these materials help?”
As an African American woman who was a contemporary artist and remains an icon in French music today, Carole Fredericks is an excellent role model for anyone studying French. At the time of her death, Ms. Fredericks spoke fluent French and was a headliner act in Europe and Africa.
Carole Fredericks’ career traversed three continents, North America, Europe and Africa, to create a cultural triangle. Her international success and music are a celebration of each culture that influenced her.
The Foundation employs the musical legacy of Carole Fredericks and the music group Fredericks Goldman Jones as the central resource of authentic French language music and music videos for the instructional materials. The Carole D. Fredericks Foundation, Inc. will continue to publish the Tant Qu’Elle Chante, Elle Vit! (2003) and Couleurs et parfums (2005) language units. The music videos present a unique look at French society today and include a multi-ethnic representation of the population. The song lyrics highlight broad social issues. These materials present cross-curricular teaching opportunities, a multicultural approach to language learning and rich content literacy.
The Foundation will support the efforts of, and to collaborate with, the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers(NYSAFLT), and The Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA).