Tag: French

Addressing the Gender Bias in French

French speakers have long been engaged in a debate over the language’s gender inclusivity—or rather its lack thereof. While some progress has been made toward feminizing the language (such as the 2012 move to remove the word mademoiselle from all official government communications, instead opting for the more neutral madame), other measures have been met with hostility from those...

Bill Would Allow Six Months to Learn French in Québec

A proposed language reform policy in Québec would give new immigrants to the Canadian province a pretty narrow timeframe to attain working proficiency in French: six months. Bill 96, a 100-page piece of legislation, aims to boost the status of the French language in Québec, but some argue that it could discourage immigrants from coming to the state, as...

Plan to Promote French in Québec

Last month, the leader of Québec’s Liberal Party and spokesperson for the protection of the French language Hélène David released a 27-point plan for the future of the French language in the province. “It is our duty, now and forever, to keep alive this French language that we live in, in this Québec built by those who came before...

Move to Egalité for French in Canada

Highway shield of the Trans-Canada highway/Transcanadienne in Quebec.
Since its adoption of the Official Languages Act in 1969, Canada has been an officially bilingual country—that is, the nation has recognized both English and French as its official languages on a federal level. But French has been in decline, as its proportion of native speakers within the country shrinks. A series of major reforms to the country’s language...

French-language Resources

Intended for students, teachers and educators, LUMNI is a new audiovisual resource site cataloguing entirely free resources, allowing you and your students to explore a wide range of cultural offerings. Appropriate for learners from 3-18 years old, LUMNI covers almost every school subject with over 12,000 videos, classes, quizzes, audios, games, and much more that can teach students to...

Comic Relief

Comic strips or books are very useful to help the learning of French, whether they are used in class with a teacher or read at home. This type of literature is very motivating and helps students understand and learn authentic French, based on direct speech via dialogues between fictional characters. The texts are short, straightforward, and striking, which help with...

French-Medium Education Wins Big in Canada

After a ten-year battle, Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that the province of British Columbia has failed in its responsibility to provide equal access to minority language education by underfunding its only French-language school board. In a 7-2 decision with implications nationwide, the country’s highest court found that the British Columbian government had violated  Canada’s Charter of Rights and...

French Suffering in Canadian Crisis

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Health Canada’s decision to bypass laws requiring labels and services in both the country’s official languages: French and English. During the pandemic, the government is allowing the sale of some cleaning products from the U.S. which are labeled only in English. “We are in a situation that is completely unprecedented and what is important...

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 pronouns (she), or prepositions (on)—from content words—e.g. nouns (rainbow), verbs (to drive), or adjectives (green). Functors are frequently encountered because there are fewer of them, and they are placed before content words...

Anglophones Seek Split in Cameroon

English and French still demarcate the lines of a violent conflict in Cameroon. This situation has worsened in the two years since 2016’s police clashes (see LM, December 2016). According to the Washington Post, what started as peaceful protests has escalated to a secessionist movement and brought the Central African nation to the brink of civil war. Although there are over...
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