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French Education Growing at MUN

December 7, 2012

With a continued focus on French language education, and recruiting and producing teachers in the discipline, the Faculty of Education was proud to hold an awards ceremony for French Education students on November 28.

During the ceremony 27 students were awarded Certificates of Recohnition and a$1000 award for studying and working in the field of French second language instruction to improve competency in the language.

"There is a need for qualified French teachers in the various French programs offered in the schools of Newfoundland and Labrador," said French Education specialist Camilla Stoodley in a statement. "These students have studied or worked in French-speaking areas to improve their competencies in the language and we are proud to have them completing their Education programs in the Faculty of Education."

Dean of Education Dr. Kirk Anderson believes that it's a step in the right direction for multilingual education; something he says is invaluable as the Faculty of Education continues forward in the future.

"The Faculty of Education's mission is to improve the human condition through education. Part of this is reflecting the diversity of our society through the people and programs in the Faculty. [These students] are part of enacting this mission," he said.

"Indeed the immersion and related French programs are rooted in a vision of our society to embrace diversity. As teachers of French [they] can expect to have to, not just be great teachers, but also advocate for French language education as well as cultural delivery in this province and Canada. From what I've seen so far we are in good hands with [their] potential to do just that."

The funding is made available through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Agreement on Minority Language Education and Second Official Language Instruction. The Faculty would like to congratulate all recipients of the award for their hard work and dedication to the program.

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