Public input sought on how to improve French second-language training in N.B.

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The public is invited to give their input on how to improve French second-language training in New Brunswick's Anglophone sector.

The province says it intends to support more equitable learning opportunities by moving away from the two-tiered system of the English Prime and French Immersion Programs, and the input is intended to help design a new French language learning framework.

A consultation website was launched on Tuesday, and a series of public sessions, including focus groups, world cafes and working groups, will begin this fall.

Engagement sessions and written submissions are intended to focus on how the Anglophone sector can better meet the needs of every student by:

- ensuring every Anglophone sector student graduates with a minimum of conversational-level proficiency in French;
- working with local educators to develop solutions that match regional resources and realities;
- considering expanding local French second-language learning projects; and
- exploring opportunities to allow Anglophone students to obtain advanced levels of French, such as taking university-level courses in high school.

Government says only 29.8 per cent of Grade 10 students achieved conversational levels of French, and less than half of Grade 12 students who graduated last year reported they felt comfortable using French outside of school.

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