Date: 2013-04-11

CPF BC & Yukon 35 Years Strong: Then, Now, And A Roadmap Moving Forward

Date: 2012-06-05

French Immersion Enrollment Reaches 14th Year of Growth

Date: 2012-02-07

CPF BC & Yukon Appears Before Senate Committee on Official Languages

Date: 2012-01-18

Parents Take to Social Media to Lobby for New School Program

Date: 2012-01-16

Federal government spends $10 million on French second language education in BC

Date: 2011-11-22

BC Ministry of Education reverses controversial language decision

Date: 2011-09-08

Back-to-School & New Beginnings

Date: 2011-06-09

Lucky 13 for French Immersion in BC

Date: 2011-05-16

Record Number of Young French Language Speakers Wow Audience

Date: 2011-05-04

Record Number of Student Speakers to Compete at Annual French Language Public Speaking Contest

Date: 2011-04-21

Head Judge for Province-Wide Competition Announced

Date: 2010-11-03

Sharing the joy of Francophone music from the Prairies with BC kids

Date: 2010-06-14

Record 12th consecutive year of growth for French Immersion in BC

Date: 2010-05-13

285 Young French Language Speakers Wow Record Crowd in Surrey

Date: 2010-05-03

285 BC School Children to Compete at Annual French Language Public Speaking Competition

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CPF BC & Yukon 35 Years Strong: Then, Now, And A Roadmap Moving Forward

Parent Group Launches Report on State Of

French Second Language Education In British Columbia

April 11th, 2013 For Immediate Release

Vancouver, BC – Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon, the largest parent-lead organization in BC, launched a “State of French Second Language Education in BC” report this morning. The 32 page bilingual report focuses on addressing barriers to quality and accessible French second language programs such as the incredibly popular French immersion program.

“French second language education has been a phenomenal success story here in Canada’s most western province and territory. With that said, this report addresses three key areas for further improvements: Program access, students with learning disabilities, and the shortage of qualified French teachers,” said Debra Pool, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon.

“French programs are popular because they are widely recognized as enabling young students with tools and experiences which will enrich their lives and help them prepare for their future. We want to give all youth that opportunity,” she concluded.

You can find the full report here: www.cpf.bc.ca

As of the 2012 school year, there were over 275,000 students enrolled in French immersion, Intensive French or French as a core subject in BC and the Yukon in the public school system. French immersion enrolment has been increasing for fourteen straight years in BC; 8.1% of the entire public school student population - or 46,800 students - are now registered in the French immersion program. [BC Ministry of Education]

According to the 2011 Federal Census of the 4.4 million people living in BC 296,645 self-identify as having knowledge of both French & English1. This makes French one of the top most commonly spoken languages in BC after English.

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For more information, please contact:

Glyn Lewis, Executive Director

Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon

glewis@cpf.bc.ca 778-329-9115 or (Toll free) 1-800-665-1222 ext. 316

Sources:

http://bit.ly/TgjP3q

Un groupe de parents publie un rapport sur l’enseignement

du français langue seconde en Colombie-Britannique

Le 11 avril 2013 Pour publication immédiate

Vancouver, C.-B. – Canadian Parents for French C.-B et Yukon, le plus important organisme de parents de toute la Colombie-Britannique, vient de publier son rapport intitulé State of French Second Language Education in BC (Portrait de l’enseignement du français langue seconde en C.-B.) ce mati. Ce rapport bilingue de 32 pages porte sur la façon de surmonter les obstacles à l’accès aux programmes d’enseignement du français langue seconde de qualité, notamment le très populaire programme d’immersion française.

L’enseignement du français langue seconde a connu un succès phénoménal ici, dans la province et le territoire de l’extrémité ouest du Canada. Ceci étant dit, le rapport traite de trois domaines clés pour l’amélioration continue : accessibilité aux programmes, élèves avec troubles d’apprentissage et pénurie d’enseignants qualifiés en français langue seconde », dit Debra Pool, présidente de Canadian Parents for French C.-B. et Yukon.

« Les programmes de français sont populaires parce que beaucoup de parents savent qu’ils procurent aux jeunes élèves les outils et l’expérience qui enrichiront leur vie et les prépareront pour l’avenir. Nous souhaitons offrir cette chance à tous les jeunes », conclut-elle.

À ce sujet, consultez le rapport intégral ici : www.cpf.bc.ca

Durant l’année scolaire 2012, on dénombrait plus de 275 000 élèves inscrits en immersion française, en français intensif et en français de base au sein du système scolaire public de la Colombie-Britannique et du Yukon. Le nombre d’inscriptions à l’immersion française augmente depuis 14 années consécutives en Colombie-Britannique; 8,1 % de toute la population scolaire des écoles publiques, soit 46 800 élèves, sont maintenant inscrits en immersion française. [Ministère de l’Éducation de la C.-B.]

Selon les données du Recensement fédéral de 2011, parmi les 4,4 millions de résidents de la Colombie-Britannique, 296 645 mentionnent connaître à la fois l’anglais et le français1. Ce nombre fait du français une des langues les plus couramment parlées en Colombie-Britannique, après l’anglais.

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Renseignements :

Glyn Lewis, directeur général

Canadian Parents for French C.-B. et Yukon

glewis@cpf.bc.ca 778-329-9115 ou (sans frais) 1-800-665-1222, poste 316

Sources :

1. http://bit.ly/TgjP3q

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French Immersion Enrollment Reaches 14th Year of Growth

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CPF BC & Yukon Appears Before Senate Committee on Official Languages

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Parents Take to Social Media to Lobby for New School Program

Vancouver, BC — Parents in Chilliwack, BC, are taking to social media to drum-up community support for the creation of a new Early French immersion program which would open September 2012. It is the first time in the 43 years that French immersion has been offered in BC that parents have lead a social media-based campaign to engage other parents and to lobby school trustees.

Currently, the absence of an Early French immersion (EFI) program in Chilliwack means that students who wish to enroll in French immersion must travel outside of their school district to attend school in Abbotsford, where EFI is offered.

“Using the connective power of Facebook and Twitter, parents in Chilliwack are taking it upon themselves to drum-up support for the creation of a new French immersion program in their community,” said Glyn Lewis, Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French – BC & Yukon.

“For 33 years, French immersion parents have used telephone trees, newsletters, and good ol’ fashioned living room meetings to spread the word and to organize the parent community. This group of social media-savvy parents in Chilliwack is ushering in a new and exciting age of parent engagement and involvement,” concluded Lewis.

 

Early French Immersion Chilliwack
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/earlyimmersion
Twitter: https://twitter.com/earlyimmersion

There are over 275,000 students enrolled in French immersion, Intensive French or French as a subject in BC and the Yukon. When broken down further, 44,800 students (or 7.7% of the entire student population) in BC is enrolled in a French immersion program1.

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is a national network of parent volunteers who work to promote and ensure quality and equitable access to French second language opportunities for all youth. The CPF BC & Yukon branch is by far the largest in Canada with over 8,100 members.

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For more information, please contact:

Glyn Lewis, Executive Director
Canadian Parents for French
BC & Yukon Branch
glewis@cpf.bc.ca – 778-329-9115 (ext. 316)
www.cpf.bc.ca

Travis Forstbauer
Parents for Early French immersion in Chilliwack
earlyimmersion@gmail.com – 604-841-6656

1. BC enrolment statistics: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reports/pdfs/student_stats/prov.pdf

Backgrounder:
How parents in Chilliwack are using social media:

- To update supporters on their progress and happenings at school board meetings
- To highlight media coverage and thank the media for their support and reporting of the issue
- To give updates on their plans to push the issue further forward
- To inform supporters what actions they can take to help the issue (i.e., participating in an informal email survey)
- To answer questions posed by supporters and the general public

Why this is important:

- Parents have always been involved in shaping French second language education policy in their communities, and with these tools, parents and supporters are able to convene and share information more widely and faster than ever before.
- Social media is an effective way to engage and organize FSL supporters and volunteers in our communities.
- French second language programs are in high demand in BC. A new generation of students will be entering these programs and demand for accessible Early French immersion is evident by this group’s activity.

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Federal government spends $10 million on French second language education in BC

Vancouver, BC — The Fraser Institute released today a study[1] that shows that provincial and federal governments are spending $2.4 billion a year on minority-language education and services in Canada. Of this amount, British Columbia received $9.5 million for French second language education in 2006/2007.

“French is the second most common language in British Columbia, in part because the parent community has been flocking to French second language programs since they were first introduced in 1968,” said Glyn Lewis, Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French – BC & Yukon. (Source: La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique.)

“A nominal annual investment by the federal government of $10 million ensures that the 275,000 students currently enrolled in French second language studies in BC have equitable access to quality French educational programming,” he concluded.

French second language programs include French immersion, Intensive French or French as a subject. When broken down further, 44,800 students (or 7.7% of the entire student population) in BC are enrolled in a French immersion program[2].

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is a national network of parent volunteers who work to promote and ensure quality and equitable access to French second language opportunities for all youth. The CPF-BC & Yukon branch is by far the largest in Canada with over 8,100 members.

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For more information, please contact:

Glyn Lewis, Executive Director
Canadian Parents for French
BC & Yukon Branch
glewis@cpf.bc.ca – 778-329-9115 (ext. 316)
www.cpf.bc.ca

Related article:

The National Post: Bilingual requirement for government costs $2.4-billion per year

 

 

[1] Fraser Institute Report: Official Language Policies of the Canadian Provinces Costs and Benefits

[2] BC enrolment statistics: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reports/pdfs/student_stats/prov.pdf

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BC Ministry of Education reverses controversial language decision

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Back-to-School & New Beginnings

Vancouver, BC – Canadian Parents for French (CPF) BC & Yukon, the largest French second language advocacy group in B.C., is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director as the new school year kicks-off.

Robert Rothon, who served as the Executive Director of CPF – BC &Yukon Branch since 2008, was recently selected as the National Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French. The CPF - BC & Yukon Branch is pleased to announce the appointment of Glyn Lewis as Interim Executive Director.

“French immersion enrolment is at a record high. Parents from Victoria to Fort St. John are recognizing the life-long benefits of official language opportunities within the public school system,” says Glyn Lewis.

There are over 275,000 students enrolled in French immersion, Intensive French or French as a subject in BC and the Yukon in the public school system. This fall comes on the heels of the twelfth straight year of enrolment growth in the French immersion program in B.C.; 7.7% of the entire public school student population - or 44,800 students - are now registered in the French immersion program.

Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon is available for comment on the back-to-school challenges facing French second language programs and families as well as the role of official language education as a gateway to multilingualism.

The CPF - BC & Yukon Branch is the largest in Canada with over 8,100 members.

For more information, please contact:
Glyn Lewis, Executive Director
Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon
glewis@cpf.bc.ca
778-329-9115 or (Toll free) 1-800-665-1222 ext. 316
Website: www.cpf.bc.ca

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Lucky 13 for French Immersion in BC

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Record Number of Young French Language Speakers Wow Audience

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Record Number of Student Speakers to Compete at Annual French Language Public Speaking Contest

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Head Judge for Province-Wide Competition Announced

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Sharing the joy of Francophone music from the Prairies with BC kids

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Record 12th consecutive year of growth for French Immersion in BC

Vancouver – As the current school year draws to a close, Canadian Parents for French - BC & Yukon Branch is celebrating a record twelfth year of growth for French Immersion enrolment in British Columbia.

According to data for 2009/2010 provided by the BC Ministry of Education, 43, 964 students in public schools were enrolled in French Immersion programs across BC, an increase of 1,490 students over the previous year. This 3.39% increase is in line with the rate of growth for the last three years. French Immersion students now account for 7.6% of the total public school enrolment, a .3% increase over last year.

Table 1 - French Immersion- Enrolment Statistics 2009/2010 -BC Public Schools only

Year

French
Immersion
Enrolment

% Change in FI enrolment from previous year

Total
Public School
Enrolment

% Change in total enrolment from previous year

FI as % of TotalPublic School Enrolment

2009-10

43,964

3.39

580,486

+0.17

7.6%

2008-09

42,474

3.47

579,492

-0.7

7.3%

2007-08

41,002

3.66

583,627

-0.7

7.0%

2006-07

39,500

3.80

587,820

-1.9

6.7%

2005-06

37,998

6.53

599,492

-1.1

6.3%

2004-05

35,515

5.95

606,383

-1.4

5.9%

2003-04

33,403

4.24

615,185

-1.0

5.4%

2002-03

31,987

2.67

621,202

-1.4

5.1%

2001-02

31,133

2.31

630,049

-1.0

4.9%

2000-01

30,414

632,503

4.8%

"French Immersion remains a magnet for parents who entrust their children’s education to the public school system,” declares CPF - BC & Yukon President Debra Pool of Vernon. "The continued growth and success of the French Immersion program in a period of financial retrenchment by school districts across the province is a remarkable achievement,” says Pool. “CPF members will continue to work with their local school district to keep this program, and other French Second Language programs, part of the core business of public education in our province,” she concludes. Many school districts have moved to balance their budgets this year by adopting measures such as consolidating schools (Prince George), changing the program delivery model from dual track to single track schools (Kamloops), or eliminating FI programs altogether (Late French Immersion in 100 Mile House), to name three.

Canadian Parents for French-BC & Yukon is a non-governmental, parent-led organization promoting French-second-language educational and cultural learning opportunities for youth. With almost 9,000 members, the BC & Yukon branch is by far the largest in Canada.

Student statistics for 2009/2010 are available from the British Columbia Ministry of Education website at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reports/pdfs/student_stats/prov.pdf

For more information, please contact: Robert Rothon, Executive Director

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285 BC School Children to Compete at Annual French Language Public Speaking Competition

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