Le bilinguisme en célébration à RCI

Posted on Thursday June 18, 2015
French Students
French Students

Four grade twelve students received their Diplôme en langue française (DELF) on May 12th, adding to the more than 300,000 exam writers around the world that are awarded with the diploma annually.

Megan Bulmer, Sabrina Gill, Adam Le, and Megan Terry wrote their B1 exams and were each awarded with the official French language diploma, which makes them bilingual for life. The DELF diploma is presented to exam writers by France’s Ministry of National Education which tests students’ abilities to use the French language in four ways: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

“It was stressful, but it’s awesome to say that I am bilingual,” says Bulmer. “It really does open so many doors for the future.”

Numerous other options for students have been made possible because of the French language program at RCI throughout the year.

In February, Niki Nagy travelled to Groisy, France for a three month exchange. She lived with her exchange partner, Marie Châtenet, who went to school at RCI from August to November. Nagy attended Lycée Gabriel Fouré in Annecy, and while not in classes, she got to visit Paris,Versailles, and Toulouse before returning to Canada in April.

“I think an exchange is a good thing for anyone who is willing to start from scratch and try anything. It was the greatest thing I’ve ever done, and I think about it every day,” says Nagy. “The first day I gave directions with hand signals and the last day I was having trouble switching back to English.”

Sam Galbraith will be attending the MyExplore summer language bursary program in Rivière-du-Loup. She has received a $2200 government scholarship to participate in the five week French Immersion Program.

“In the morning I have classes, and in the afternoon I have workshops. On some weekends there are excursions planned, like to Québec City,” Galbraith explains. “I am mostly excited about meeting new people.”

Four junior students will also be spending a week in July improving their skills at Ontario Educational Leadership Camp for French Students.

These opportunities can all be accredited to the Extended French Program. Students in all grades can work towards their Core French Certification by taking four French classes. Scholars in the Extended French Program can achieve a Gold Extended French Program Certificate by completing all seven courses.

Although growing up in a small town can hinder some of the possibilities that are available in larger schools, the French program at RCI gives students the chance to compete in a global community.

Written by Taylor Virgin

In the photo are: (l-r) Megan Bulmer, Adam Le, Sabrina Gill, and Megan Terry

Photo taken by: Kathleen Mottershead