Tag: French

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...

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...

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...

French Accept their Feminine Side

The use of the feminine form of job titles has finally been accepted by members of the Académie Française, the guardians of the French language. The Academy’s first online dictionary includes “feminized” versions of occupations alongside the...

French Genders Get Political

The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has banned “inclusive writing” in official texts, clamping down on attempts to make the French language more female-friendly. Moves to end the linguistic dominance of the masculine over the...

Ghana Commits to French

Ghana’s minister for education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, underscored his country’s commitment to the promotion of French as a second official language during the signing in Paris of a linguistic pact between West African...

Louisiana Joins La Francophonie

The state of Louisiana is now a member of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF). Its application as an observer member was accepted on October 11 by the organization’s member states at their...

L’Alliance Française

Kathy Stein-Smith salutes the resurgence of French in the U.S. The enduring relationship between the Americans and the French—“Every man has two countries, his own and France.” (Sentiment attributed to Thomas Jefferson) French Is in the...

myON News: Putting More Fun into Nonfiction

From futuristic features on flying cars and fun facts about the rainforest to the latest football stats and fashion trends, who said nonfiction reading can’t be fun? Yet despite recent calls for increased nonfiction...

Mutual Understanding with Intercomprehension

Clorinda Donato and Pierre Escudé explain how intercomprehension is the basis for their Multilingual Romance Languages Learning Project What if the target language suddenly became multiple languages learned in tandem through a strategy that encouraged students to seek...
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