Nova Sco­tia French Lan­guage As­sis­tant Pro­gram

Build­ing French skills with the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion

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Gabrielle Fair­bairn

Open­ing doors with another lan­guage.

Igrew up in a bilin­gual house. My mom is from Que­bec so I al­ways spoke French with her. But I’m from Nova Sco­tia, and grow­ing up here it makes it dif­fi­cult some­times to prac­tice French be­cause al­most every­thing is English. I never saw how I could re­ally use my French un­til I trav­elled to Europe after high school. It was so use­ful, and I saw the real value of know­ing another lan­guage.

I got in­volved with the Nova Sco­tia French Lan­guage As­sis­tant pro­gram when I started univer­sity, and worked with them for four years at both HRSB and CSAP schools. It was a great op­por­tu­nity and I learned a lot from work­ing with kids in the class­room. A huge part of it is in­spir­ing kids to see that French is some­thing for them, that it’s not just class­work. It can be hard to de­velop your French skills in a prov­ince that is mostly an­glo­phone, but help­ing them to speak in a way that en­gages them goes a long way to­ward them keep­ing it as a life­long skill.

For the pro­gram I worked eight hours a week, and it was very flex­i­ble with my sched­ule as a stu­dent. It was re­ally awe­some work­ing there as a univer­sity stu­dent, be­cause they put your ed­u­ca­tion first and it’s never an is­sue when school be­comes a pri­or­ity.

My ex­pe­ri­ence with the pro­gram has in­spired me to follow this path and I’m start­ing an ed­u­ca­tion de­gree at Mount Saint Vin­cent in Septem­ber. I loved the work and the chance to help oth­ers ap­pre­ci­ate a lan­guage that has opened so many doors for me.

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