School board wants to keep grads lo­cal

Le Messager La Salle - - LOCAL NEWS - DA­VID COX

EDU­CA­TION. Lack of strong French lan­guage skills in the An­glo­phone com­mu­ni­ty has led to ma­ny high school gra­duates lea­ving for jobs out­side the pro­vince. The Les­ter B. Pear­son School­board (LBPS) is trying to do its part by of­fe­ring stu­dents the chance to earn a cer­ti­fi­cate in French stu­dies (Di­plôme d’études en langue fran­çaise -DELF).

Once out of the com­fort of school, ma­ny stu­dents from the En­glish schools find them­selves unable to com­mu­ni­cate enough with their French coun­ter­parts. The in­abi­li­ty to ei­ther keep up or be ful­ly un­ders­tood of­ten leads to them lea­ving Que­bec, brea­king up fa­mi­lies and loo­sing ta­lent.

DELF for Schools and Ju­nior is in­ten­ded for se­con­da­ry school stu­dents who want to have their French lan­guage skills jud­ged. They in­clude both writ­ten and oral com­po­nents and are de­si­gned to test com­pre­hen­sion of stu­dents bet­ween 12 and 18 years old.

« DELF of­fers a way for En­glish stu­dents to en­gage with the ma­jo­ri­ty French spea­kers and of­fers more op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to find work and build a life here in Que­bec, » ex­plains tea­cher of the DELF pro­gram at Les­ter B. Pear­son School Board Louise A. Out­land.

LA­SALLE SCHOOL INVOLVED

In April, 25 present and for­mer stu­dents wrote the exam and re­cei­ved their di­plo­mas in Sep­tem­ber. They were the first stu­dents from the pu­blic edu­ca­tion sec­tor to suc­cess­ful­ly pass the DELF exa­mi­na­tion.

Among them, Shan­non La­pointe and An­tho­ny Che­lia­pin from Beur­ling Aca­de­my were awar­ded an Ack­now­led­ge­ment of Suc­cess by the Board at the last LBPSB mee­ting on Oc­to­ber 30.

« I can go and stu­dy in France, or to a French Uni­ver­si­ty, and the DELF exam has hel­ped me know what le­vel I am at. In most schools they concen­trate on me­mo­ri­za­tion and re­pe­ti­tion, but the DELF re­quires real French com­mu­ni­ca­tion, » La­pointe men­tio­ned in her ac­cep­tance speech.

Beur­ling Aca­de­my will conti­nue to of­fer the DELF, and hopes that the Board will pro­mote it at other schools over the co­ming years. For more about the DELF pro­gram, go to http:// delf-dalf.am­ba­france-ca.org/

Ch­rist­mas Sto­ry­time

Chil­dren are in­vi­ted to come in py­ja­mas to lis­ten to Ch­rist­mas sto­ries. A ma­gi­cal eve­ning filled with hap­pi­ness. On Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 14, at the Oc­to­gone Li­bra­ry, 1080 Dol­lard Ave. from 7 pm.

Pa­rents & Lit­tle Friends

A place where fa­mi­lies with young chil­dren can come to­ge­ther to learn, grow, and have fun ! It is a place where pa­rents can con­nect with others, so­cia­li­zing and lear­ning from each other. Eve­ry Tues­day, at the Tri­ni­ty Church, 1050 Shev­chen­ko from 10 am to 12 pm.

Twen­ty-five stu­dents were suc­cess­ful at the DELF test and ob­tai­ned their di­plo­ma.

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