School board wants to keep grads local
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/
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Twenty-five students were successful at the DELF test and obtained their diploma.