French as a Se­cond Lan­guage

Univer­sité Sainte-Anne (Hal­i­fax)

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Keisha Jef­feries

I want to work in in­ter­na­tional aid.

Ibe­came in­ter­ested in tak­ing a French lan­guage course while work­ing as a nurse at the IWK. I was work­ing in the neo-natal in­ten­sive care unit, and some­times would work with fam­i­lies who only spoke French or were bilin­gual. It sparked an in­ter­est to want to learn more and be com­fort­able with de­liv­er­ing health­care in French.

I’m en­rolled in one of the French as a Se­cond Lan­guage: Full-Time In­ten­sive Group Pro­grams that the Univer­sité Sainte-Anne of­fers at its Hal­i­fax cam­pus. I had been tak­ing the part-time pro­gram since 2013. I took a break from the pro­gram to be­gin my Mas­ter’s de­gree in nurs­ing at Dal­housie, but this past Novem­ber came back as a full-time French lan­guage stu­dent.

When I be­gan the pro­gram the only French I had was what I had learned in el­e­men­tary school, so a very ba­sic knowl­edge. The course al­lowed me to ad­vance at my own pace. The pro­gram al­lowed me to build upon a solid foun­da­tion and see my progress as I ad­vanced.

Now in the full-time pro­gram I get to spend a lot of time with ev­ery com­po­nent of learn­ing a new lan­guage. We work on a va­ri­ety of lis­ten­ing ex­er­cises, gram­mar and writ­ten work with in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties mixed in to help us ap­ply the lan­guage in con­ver­sa­tion. The teach­ers are amaz­ing for tailor­ing the class to stu­dent’s needs. The school also of­fers ex­tra classes specif­i­cally built around med­i­cal vo­cab­u­lary for peo­ple work­ing in the med­i­cal field.

I would like to be able to use what I’ve learned at the Univer­sité Sainte-Anne to pur­sue work in in­ter­na­tional aid. Hav­ing French as a se­cond lan­guage will be an in­valu­able skill in my ca­reer go­ing for­ward.

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