Category: Bilingualism

Linguistic Duality: Speakup!

The federal government launched this week a series of consultations on our country’s official languages. These consultations will provide an update for the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality that expires in March 2013. This is our opportunity to be heard from one end of the country to the other! The first consultation was held on

Which French do you Speak?

Recently published on The Montreal Gazette’s website, the story of Robert Jennings caused quite a stir among French language purists. According to the young English-speaking Ontarian who attended French immersion schools during his youth, the best way to be understood in Quebec is to speak Quebec French. Do you share his opinion? It was when

Francophonie in the Skies!

If French is today spoken across Canada, it’s thanks to the first travelers that came from Europe. Since the time of the fur traders of New France, the modern day travelers we have become no longer have to hack our way through forests or follow waterways in order to rejoin our family and friends across

Doctor, do you say Hello or Bonjour?

When faced with health issues, being able to speak to one’s doctor in one’s language is essential and even vital. In order to effectively meet the needs of their patients, health professionals need to recognize the importance of providing services in both official languages. To this effect, the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)

Immersion: the Gateway of a Nation

Whether at the grade school or high school level approximately 320,000 young Canadians attend French immersion schools. These students are guided in their learning on a daily basis by two thousand professionals of the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers (CAIT). In constant growth, immersion is the key to francization and encourages bilingualism across the country.

The French in Prince Edward Island: A not so Silent Minority!

There may only number the 5,000’s, but their collective voice is heard! Francophones and Acadians of Prince Edward Island are so proud of their language that they manage to shine throughout the province despite their particular minority status. After talking to Anastasia Desroches, the new provincial coordinator of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), I

The Future of French is in Good Hands!

French for the Future is a not-for-profit organization that supports and motivates Canadian students on their path towards bilingualism. Through various programs, the organisation allows young Francophones to discover opportunities in pursuing their post-secondary studies in French. It also offers Anglophones the opportunity to be in contact with the French language. Furthermore, through this organization,

A Healthy Language?

Questions that have arisen since the recent news reports regarding services offered to linguistic minorities in Alberta have got me thinking. In my humble opinion as a blogger, language simply does not age. Let’s start from the beginning. According to the Radio-Canada report, Francophone seniors in Alberta are struggling to receive services in their language,

Why Learn French?

Those, like me, whose first language is French, know that it’s not the easiest language to master. French is a complex language, and the effort needed to speak and write it correctly is considerable. So what motivates allophones to choose French as a second language? Are they all masochists?! While surfing the Web, I came

Young Anglophones and the Call of the French Language

It is well known that bilingualism provides opportunities whether they be personal or professional. Mastering both English and French can lead to a fuller life and a flourishing career. For Justin Morrow, founder and CEO of the Canadian Youth for French (CYF) association, young Anglophones across the country have a vested interest in learning French