French Second Language Commission
Changes recommended to French second-language programs and services (anglophone sector) (08/02/27)
Feb. 27, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Beginning French second-language programming at Grade 5 with Intensive French for all students within the anglophone school system is among 18 recommendations released today by the French Second Language Commission.
The report was undertaken and completed between July 2007 and February 2008 by Dr. Jim Croll and Patricia Lee. The review is one of the key actions under the government's plan, When Kids Come First, to build the best education system in the country .
"Our work during the past seven months saw us review current models of French second-language instruction; engage students, teachers, educators and stakeholders; and analyze previous reports and data relative to the topic," Croll said. "The discussions and research guided us in advancing recommendations to the minister of education to assist in developing French second-language programs that will help students develop the skills needed to function effectively in their second language."
During the commissioner's review of second-language instruction, several key issues emerged:
"During the course of our review we heard from parents, teachers, students, superintendents, official language commissioners, stakeholder groups, district education councils, and university representatives," Lee said. "Each had no shortage of opinions and views on learning French as a second language. We greatly appreciate the time everyone took to provide input during the review process and want to assure them that their views have been given full consideration."
Other recommendations made by the French Second Language Commission include:
"As the commissioners of this report, we believe we have provided Minister Lamrock and the Government of New Brunswick with a comprehensive review of French second-language programming and services," Croll said.
"We wish to take this opportunity to state publicly how honoured we have been to play a part in improving how French second language instruction is provided in New Brunswick's anglophone school system," Lee said.
The Report of the French Second-Language Commission on French-Second Language Programs and Services within the anglophone sector of the Department of Education is available online at http://www.gnb.ca/0000/eng-cu-e.asp.
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