During the months of July and August, several events are taking place in different locations across Ontario. I invite you to stop at the FLE kiosk at the following events. There will be a very interesting activity for young children.
July 1st, 2012 Harbourfront Center, Toronto
See the plan below for our location circled in red.
On June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life were invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that took place from coast to coast to coast.
June 21st kick-starts 11 days of Celebrate Canada!, which includes National Aboriginal Day (June 21st), la Saint-Jean-Baptiste (June 24th) and Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27th). The celebrations draw to an end with Canada Day (July 1st).
On June 13th 1996, the Governor General of Canada proclaimed June 21st to be National Aboriginal Day, offering Aboriginal peoples an excellent opportunity to share their rich, diverse cultures with family members, neighbours, friends and visitors.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit people gathered to celebrate and share with spectacular dance, song and theatrical performances, both contemporary and traditional.
National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal peoples and their contributions to Canada. Read more…
A friend sent me a link to a Web site that presents the 10 most spoken languages in the world. I thought that I would share with you some of the statistics on the French language.
Did you know?
- There are 6,000 languages in the world.
- 50% of them are endangered.
- 96% of them are spoken by 4% of the world’s population.
- 90% of them are not represented on the Internet.
- A language disappears every two weeks.
- 90% of African languages have no written transcription. Read more…
Have you noticed the promotional campaign for French-language education (FLE) launched in Ontario in April 2009? It is essential to the Canadian identity.
Indeed, many Ontario citizens ignore that they have access to French-language preschools, elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges, as well as French programs offered in bilingual universities. These services are of superior quality and ensure that the French language and the Francophone culture are passed on. Read more…
Before I start my blog, I would like to share with you some information on this event.
Since 1990, every year, we celebrate the International Day of La Francophonie on March 20th around the world, to recall the day in 1970 when the treaty creating the first intergovernmental body of the Francophonie, called Agence de coopération culturelle et technique (ACCT), was signed in Niamey (Niger). Since that day, the ACCT has evolved and is known today as the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
This anniversary is an opportunity for us to celebrate our attachment not only to the French language and the rich and diverse Francophone culture, but also to the values of peace, democracy and respect for human rights. These are all elements that unite the members of the International Organization of La Francophonie.
Canada’s involvement in La Francophonie reflects our country’s linguistic duality and the importance we place on our shared values. French is an essential component of Canada’s history and heritage, and a vital asset for our future.1 Read more…
A Policy Framework for French-Language Postsecondary Education and Training in Ontario
Did you know that Ontario now has a Policy Framework for French-Language Postsecondary Education and Training?
Recognizing the need to provide this policy framework for the postsecondary and training sector, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities introduced the Policy Framework for French-Language Postsecondary Education and Training (PAL) in 2011.
By doing so, the province of Ontario maintains its commitment to creating an educational system responsive to the needs of students, giving some 600,000 Francophones residing in Ontario better access to postsecondary education and training in French. Read more…
What is French-language education (FLE) in Ontario? A complete network!
It is a complete network of daycares, elementary and secondary schools, as well as Francophone colleges and bilingual universities, offering programs and services of exceptional quality, in French, from early childhood through adulthood.
The mission of the FLE network is to promote the success of each student. Read more…
Why study in a French-language school? Because it is clearly advantageous!
I could summarize the content of this post in one single sentence:
If a young person wants to be fluently bilingual for life, all he or she has to do is attend a French-language school and continue his or her post-secondary studies in French!
Indeed, it is proven! I will come back to that a little bit later. Read more…