Tag: French

Algeria Opts for English Elementary Classes

Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced that the former French colony and overseas territory will start teaching English in elementary schools later this year. “French is a spoil of war, but English is an international...

English Divide in Francophone West Africa

Sub Saharan Africa ranks among the regions in the world where education exclusion is the highest. In fact, according to UNESCO Information Statistics: “Over one-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and...

Canada reports teacher shortages and low attendance

The United States isn't the only country battling a teacher shortage. A recent report shows...

At 8 months, Babies Already Know Their Grammar

Even before uttering their first words, babies master the grammar basics of their mother tongue. Thus eight-month-old French infants can distinguish function words, or functors—e.g. articles (the), personal...

Plan to Promote French Across Canada

The government of Québec is proposing the celebration of an annual Francophonie Day as part of...

Anglophone Quebecers Object to French Policy

Only about 10% of Quebecers use English as their primary language.Many of them argue that recent proposals for language policy in the province—Bill 96, for example—are further consigning Anglophone Quebecers to the margins of...

L’Embrace

With the celebration of la fête nationale, or Bastille Day, as it is generally referred to in English, on July 14th, in many towns and cities in the US like Piermont, NY, we may...

Russian and French Media Blocked

Last month, Russia blocked access to the websites of Radio France Internationale and the Russian-language service of The Moscow Times in the latest restrictions on media since Russia invaded Ukraine. The Moscow Times, whose English-language...

Dread and Delight as Québec Passes Strict French Law

Called Bill 96, Canada’s Québec province passed into law its fiercely fought French language bill last month. The new law will impose penalties on businesses and organizations that don’t switch exclusively to the French...

Creating Community through Multinationalism

Although Maryam Ghatee does not speak French and has no connection to French culture, she has sent her third-grade daughter, Mona, to a local French immersion school—the French...
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