EMSB shows its French side
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 21 janvier 2010
On January 7, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) unveiled its brand new campaign encouraging students and parents alike to register in English school. The campaign includes advertisements in French-language newspapers as well as a promotional video featuring students, parents and teachers showing off their French-language skills.
School registration is right around the corner and the EMSB is doing all that it can to increase enrolment. In recent years, less and less students who are eligible under Quebec’s education laws to attend English schools do. According to the EMSB, only 1,775 students out of 22,299 at the English schools in Montreal speak French as a first language even though more than 14,000 students around Quebec are eligible to attend. The campaign is an effort to change that with an emphasis on bilingualism.
Currently, the EMSB offers three programs of French learning at the elementary level; core, bilingual and immersion. Children who complete these programs will have had 32, 47, 69 per cent of French teaching respectively. In high school, students are offered a variety of choices in French. The EMSB’s new promise is clear: bilingual students are guaranteed.
“We are very proud of the quality of our French teaching available to our students,” Angela Macini, the president of the EMSB, said at the campaign unveiling. “In attending a French immersion program at the EMSB, we guarantee that your child will finish their studies perfectly bilingual.”
In CDN-NDG, Royal Vale School is already ahead of the game. The school has a strong and successful French Immersion program in place. Chantal Martin, the principal of the school, is confident that an emphasis on learning French is integral for students.
“Our French Immersion program at the EMSB and Royal Vale School (RVS) is very complete and the students are taught French reading, writing and speaking,” she said. “This is the case for both elementary and high school at RVS. Our high school also has a very intensive French language program and our students graduate as bilingual.”
Natalie Larochelle, a teacher at Dunrae Gardens School, said it best in the promotional video: “Since I am absolutely in love with the French language, it’s important for me to share and teach the language.”