More support for French
Post-secondary students across the country say they need more support and help
to improve and maintain their French-Second-Language (FSL) skills. That’s according
to a new report released in late January by the national group Canadian Parents
for French (CPF). The organization’s The State of French-Second-Language
Education in Canada report focused on secondary and post-secondary French-second-language
education, student’s decisions, experiences and their call for more academic
and social support when taking post-secondary French courses.
CPF also conducted a survey of more than 400 university students who completed elementary immersion programs and shared retrospective information about their high school and post-secondary experiences. The CPF, a national network of volunteers with more than 23,000 members, says it would like to see every university and college with programs and academic support for FSL students.
Meanwhile, at a news conference Jan. 27 in St. John’s, CPF said French immersion enrolment in this province is growing more quickly than in any other part of
Canada. In 2003-2004, CPF said enrolment was 6,068 students representing a 6.8 per cent increase from the previous year. “This increase is a result of increased accessibility, increased promotion and fuelled further by the desire of more parents to have their kids bilingual,” said CPF Newfoundland and Labrador Executive Director Larry Vaters.
Wrestler lands spot at top training camp
A fourth-year kinesiology student recently found herself literally going head-to-head with an American Olympian. Kerri-Ann Evely, a native of Carbonear and an award-winning member of Memorial’s Women’s Sea-Hawk’s wrestling team, spent a week in early January at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, a suburb of San Diego. The camp is for some the most elite wrestling athletes on the continent and consisted of 60 participants from both Canada and the US.
“My last practice I was training with a US Olympic medalist and needless to say it was a tough workout,” said Ms. Evely. “Another wrestler from Canada looked at me and said ‘you only get better when you train with people like that.’ I agree with what she said 100 per cent. The experience was amazing. The training was like nothing I have ever experienced.”
Ms. Evely was the only participant from Memorial among the 25 Canadians chosen from National Senior A and B teams. Nine other promising athletes between the ages of 20-24 were also chosen to attend, plus 30 athletes from the US.
The camp is tailor-made to help wrestlers develop techniques and improve their performances at high levels of international competitions. Ms. Evely said her days included some intense workouts and all participants had to follow a strict regime.
Memorial journal turns 20 years old
A reception last month marked the 20th anniversary of one of this province’s most respected academic journals.
The former Newfoundland Studies now has a new name and a new look
and is now officially known as Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. It
has been revamped to include a beautifully-designed glossy colour cover which
provides information about each edition’s contents.
The journal’s roots date back to 1985. Its mandate is to publish original essays, in either English or French, about the society and culture of this province, past and present.
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies,
its editors plan to start digitizing its entire collection of articles and book
reviews including current and past issues on its website www.mun.ca/nls/.
Math in the mall
Budding mathematicians will be strapping on their thinking caps and heading to the Avalon Mall on Saturday, Feb. 4. They’ll be there taking part in a free special program organized by Memorial University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Math in the Mall is an educational event tailor-made to get young children involved in math and to show them that the subject can be fun.
The Math in the Mall initiative is open to anyone but is being especially targeted at young children ages 7-12.
Math in the Mall takes place from 10 a.m.2 p.m. There is no cost. Organizers will be set near the bottom of the escalator just below the Food Court in the Avalon Mall.