Thursday, August 20, 2015

News from the French embassy in Canada

Newsletter for August 2015 - The Educative and Languistic Service of the French embassy.

 
 

Are you hesitating about registering your child in a French immersion program? Are you afraid that learning another language might be confusing for students? Do you think that learning another language might interfere with a child’s grasp of his or her mother tongue? France’s Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques [International Centre for Pedagogical Studies] has just produced an infographic that should put your mind at ease and convince you of the benefits of bilingual education. Intellectual stimulation, career opportunities… bilingualism is a beautiful thing!

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The Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers (CAIT) is organizing its 39th conference, which will take place October 22–24, 2015, in world-famous Whistler, British Columbia. Attendees will include French-immersion educators, researchers, and administrators from all across Canada.

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This is another fantastic initiative from TV5 Monde that will introduce you to some of Canada’s greatest legends through the part of its website dedicated to French-language content.

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The BELC summer training, Les métiers du français dans le monde,organized by the French national education organization the Centre international d‘études pédagogiques (CIEP), is an international reference event f

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Galala 2016 in Winnipeg!

GALALA is a Francophone program hosted by Nathalie Nadon and broadcasted on Unis TV. It is a competition that showcases the many talents of canadian Francophone and Francophile youth. Students ages 5 to 15 years old can register online until October 13.

TV host by Nathalie Nadon will be touring though differents provinces of Canada to host the program. 

For more information visit: www.galala.ca.


Galala 2016 Tour Information Poster

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Listen Up Language Learners: 10 Things You Do Better When Bilingual

We all know that being bilingual (or even multilingual) increases your ability to communicate with more people across the world, which is a pretty cool perk to learning another language. But did you know that being bilingual helps you in far more ways than just communication? Here are 10 things that you can do better when you’re bilingual:

 10 Advantages of Language Learners - Graphic

  

1.   Noisy Classroom? No Problem!

New studies carried out by Anglia Ruskin University have shown that bilingual children are better at tuning out noise. This means that bilingual students are better able to learn and concentrate in a noisy classroom that their monolingual classmates. This ability to concentrate despite the distractions going on around them leads to an overall better school performance. A great reason to start learning a new language while you’re young? We think so.


2.   Improved Problem Solving

According to the New York Times, studies have shown that bilinguals are able to solve certain mental puzzles quicker than their monolingual counterparts. This is because they are used to directing their attention between conflicting thought processes (like two different languages) and are better able to channel this same focus to other tasks.


3.   Closer Attention to Surroundings

Not only are bilinguals better at ignoring distractions, they are also better at paying attention to the environment around them. As they switch between languages, making a judgement on what is being said to them in a certain language and how to respond, sharpens their ability to keep track of their environment and its changes. Observation and Monitoring tasks? Advantage bilinguals!


4.   Superior Listening Skills

Learning other languages also helps with listening skills. Bilinguals are much more adept at recognising other languages – even ones that they don’t actually speak! Not only does this help you when there are foreign accents around you, but it also helps the listening skills in your primary language. You’ll be better at picking up subtle nuances in other people’s speech, thus improving your overall communication.


5.   Better Memory

Learning a second language is beneficial for overall cognitive development, including memory. Since bilinguals have to store two sets of vocabulary in their mind and are used to accessing the correct one, they get great practice at storing and using information. Plus, good memory helps with studying, another reason bilingual students do better in school than monolinguals.


6.   Big Crowds, Better Focus

Trying to find your way in a crowded train station? Studying in a loud coffee shop? No worries if you’re bilingual. In fact, it might actually be easier in the chaos for those who are used to it – zoning out external distractions becomes almost second nature.


7.   A Different Point of View

The great thing about changing between languages is that you’re better able to change your perspective and to think in different ways. An interesting study looked at how people acted differently when they were asked to make decisions with varying degrees of risk and uncertainty. Participants were asked in their first and second language, and showed different behavioural patterns as they switched languages. The idea is that because a different language forces you to think differently, it also influences your behaviour, allowing you to escape a singular paradigm of thought.

 

8.    Master Multitasking

Since bilinguals are used to switching quickly between languages while blocking out distracting influences, this naturally helps in their ability to multitask. And frankly, what better skill could you have in the 21st century, when you’re bombarded with new information and new tasks from all sides? Being able to multitask is an incredibly valuable asset in this busy world. A great added perk of being bilingual!


9.    Life-Long Benefits

An amazing thing about being bilingual is that the benefits extend throughout your whole life. Research has shown that bilinguals have a greater resistance than monolinguals to the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The greater your degree of bilingualism, the later in life these diseases are likely to affect you, if you’re susceptible. Think of learning a second language as a long term investment in your mental health.


10.       More Languages? More Money!

If the cognitive benefits aren’t enough for you, here’s a financial incentive: research shows that people who speak more languages earn more money than people who can speak only one. This makes sense when you consider that we live in a globalised world; contact with foreign countries and other languages is inevitable. Being able to speak another language gives you a competitive advantage in the workplace. You’re more likely to get hired and companies have more incentive to pay you more money. And hey, money talks…

 

 

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